As technology advances and encompasses more and more aspects of our lives, it is easy to feel like our individual roles in the workplace are gradually being replaced. However, incidents like lockdowns, code-reds, evacuations, and more are entirely different in that snap decisions made by human beings can often mean the difference between life and death. When it comes to crisis situations in schools, the teachers and faculty themselves will always have a vital role in protecting our children.
In fall 2015 in Tuolumne California, students prevented a plotted school-shooting by reporting suspicious behavior to their teachers. This an example of how facilitating an environment in schools where teachers are aware and engaged with students is crucial in preventing dangerous situations. Creating an open dialogue between all members of the school community is a great way for administrators to strengthen relationships with students themselves while increasing their own ability to anticipate and respond to potential threats to student safety.
Schools have the ability to implement amazing technology to help prevent and deal with security incidents, but they are only as strong as the people who use them. Even with the most sophisticated security systems in place, it can take a significant amount of time for law enforcement and other sources of help to arrive on the scene. Teachers, faculty, and administrators will always be the first line of defense against any potential threat in schools. Technology can certainly help in such situations by allowing access to information and increasing the efficiency of response efforts, but ultimately it all comes down to how individual people in positions of responsibility are capable of making split second decisions. The most effective emergency response systems are the ones that help individuals make decisions rather than making decisions for people.
As important as prevention is, the real test of a school’s safety system comes during actual lockdowns, evacuations, etc. Under dire circumstances, teachers and faculty that have learned to remain calm and use all available information to make quick decisions quickly become the most valuable asset in a school. We designed our software platform, Ruvna, with this in mind. Ruvna helps to give teachers and faculty a simple and effective way to communicate vital information about students whereabouts with each other and law enforcement during this crucial window of time when a disaster is in progress but the authorities have not yet taken control of the situation.
For more information on Ruvna, visit www.ruvna.com.