Fact. The fire service will search the buildings regardless. Like @StevieM
has said, this is getting into more of a safeguarding problem more then anything. Forget the fire scenario for a min, how do you know where little Jimmy is day-to-day, in a primary, they tend to stick in one class - easy, in secondary, they tend to move around, most schools would use Lesson Monitor like @creese
spoke about, so you record attendance at each lesson rather then just AM/PM.
As a parent I would remove my child if the school policy is:
- to force a person to wait by a highly flammable printer whilst the "latest" register is printed
- rely on technology - connections drop out, batteries go flat, electronic devices fail, software crashes.
actually, heck, I'll remove my son if no-one in school knew who he was or didn't notice his lack of presence!
Printing a class list then having the headteacher \ head of year \ SLT
with a copy of all them which they can grab on the way out IS THE BEST ANSWER. Having the current class teacher responsible for getting THEIR current class out safely should be their responsibility, they should then report anyone who wasn't in the classroom - ie going to the toilet to SLT
or such. This will need to happen even with a superfluous electronic system, even with ID cards!
Interestedly, no one has questioned what happens if your school did burn down, and you lost your IT (sorry, IT equipment + fire = melted mess). How would you contact the parents of the child caught in the fire? Did you print the latest contact details on the register? Suddenly that annoying B2B task your LA keeps getting you to reset seems quite worthwhile.