If it helps - at my last school, it used to be as easy as "take your Bromcoms outside". Then they switched to Serco and it turned into "print a massive log of paper off every morning ten minutes after morning tutor and throw it out again every evening, just in case". Which never worked cos the teachers there were rubbish at getting their registers in on time still, especially if they had assembly for their year group that morning. But still - it was the paper-based solution.
I'd be tempted by the slate PC idea if I were approached about it here, particularly in combination with the offsite PDF file floated earlier. Not that we have any decent 3G signal here...
When we sorted out our system, the whole point was that if the fire alarm goes off, everyone leaves IMMEDIATELY.
You don't put office staff at risk by making someone hang about printing registers. Indeed, I think your local Fire Safety Officer would take a very dim view of it.
It has to be done in advance which can be wasteful on paper, or you come up with a satisfactory wireless solution.
*This definitely does not include all schools.
I imagine the fire brigade would say no one ought to delay exiting the building in order to pick stuff up or print stuff out and it's no good having a system that puts people in danger in a real emergency or falls down if key individuals are off sick.
!!! COMMON SENSE ALERT !!!
I think class registers are done on the computers so our data team print off copies of each of the classes each day. Seems the best system as you cannot rely on tech during a fire, although someone will surely argue otherwise.
I'm sitting in an ASCL meeting and this very topic came up. Your fire officers will not look at anything you provide for them because they will check the building what ever your records say - paper or electronic. Just clear the building as quickly as possible - leave everything behind.
Checking for children that have bunked off (the true purpose of a fire drill) is another matter.
We use an (updated) laminated Class list, that is filled in at each Reg period by Class Teacher/Supply Teacher at the same time as they take the register in SIMS. Our SIMS is installed centrally on the Server, and ultimately I'd like to put in a wireless network, and then designate one of the Teachers to grab their laptop in the event of a fire and take it out with them. All Class registers can then be accessed from that one machine.
Tho, as mentioned, if the Server room was engulfed in flames, this might prove useless, so a regularly updated paper based system must be the answer!?!
If you print your paper registers you damming the environment. If you have an electronic solution it's unlikely to be waterproof. Either methods aren't 100%, so like Phil keeps saying...
"Your fire officers will not look at anything you provide for them because they will check the building what ever your records say - paper or electronic. Just clear the building as quickly as possible - leave everything behind."
Personally getting the pupils to line up by form group and then the form tutors having a laminated form register would be your best bit. Normally the children will know who's off or bunking, even if the tutor doesn't. Everything else in my opinion is a waste of time and money. Unless you want a reason to get another server room and a good wifi network
Firstly, check these other threads as there is plenty of old discussion around the subject and sooner or later the answer is the same:
1) Firedrills make management feel better, not solve any real problem.
2) The fire department will ask if the building was swept and most likely sweep the "hot" area anyway.
3) We should just clear the building safely and efficiently without the process being a hindrance or causing other security concerns itself.
Firedrill with SIMS
SIMS - fire registers
Does your system function equally well if there is a lock-in? where do you get the register from?
This was touched upon briefly in one of the above links.
Maybe we need a poll on how many actual fires people have had at schools and were children injured? How many missing children be it real/drill have been followed up on.
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Tyiell (9th March 2010)
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