School Bell Lockdown Alert System

PA and Lock Down Alert System by Sound Innovations

The School Bell Lock Down Alert System, designed by us, incorporates a vast amount of features not found in any other system.

In 2011, a newly built school had a list of requirements that were not met by the contractor for their session change system. Our Managing Director was called in to assess the system delivered to them by the local authority. The system fell far short of meeting the school’s requirements, so he set about designing a superior one. The result was the School Bell System (originally called the S-Cool Bell system, as it’s really cool!). It far exceeded the school’s requirements and has since been installed in hundreds of schools across the UK. The system has evolved with the ever-changing demands that the world of education has brought to us; it will fulfill every function you could possibly need from a school PA system, including new features such as Lock Down Alerts.

The system was a finalist at the BETT Awards 2017 in the category “ICT Innovator of the Year”.


How does School Bell work for classroom changes?

It’s so easy to use! You have up to 8 zones (these can be for buildings or key stages). Simply select the zone, the date (or Monday – Friday), the time and the .mp3 you wish to play. Click the schedule button and you’re done! Simply repeat this process for all of your session changes. The .mp3 can be anything you want, be it a song or a specific sound. We do however advise that you stay away from sounds that are similar to fire alarms and alert tones when choosing your session change sounds. In this day and age, desensitizing children to emergency alarms would not be desirable.

What can the School Bell System play?
Any recorded music, song, poem, tone, bell or voice recordings as long as it’s a .mp3 file. You can store thousands of them. We supply each system with music and pre-recorded announcements, session change music, and sounds.

Theme the alert sounds around terms or events!
Our School Bell system lets you easily change alert sounds any time you want, so you can introduce relevant music or sound effects. For example, alerts that relate to the time of year or a performance/event that is occurring in your school. This interaction can really add a spring into the steps of pupils, removing repetition from everyday notifications.

The ability to reach every part of the school in seconds!
Being able to make an announcement and locate or alert relevant people instantly can be a valuable asset, not just for day to day issues but also for safeguarding and strategy. The School Bell system allows you to make instant live announcements school-wide or to specific zones.


Why are the 8 zones important?

You might not necessarily want the same messages and session changes going school-wide. At times, you may wish to exclude certain areas from receiving notifications. Perhaps you have session change alerts during an exam which could potentially distract students. Our system allows for up to 8 separate programmable zones which can all be muted from the schedule whenever you want. So, you can simply mute the alerts in your exam hall whilst the rest of the school runs as normal.


Can School Bell be used for a school radio system?

These days many schools have school radio stations which help bring out the creativity of students and enhance their confidence, whilst providing an extracurricular activity that anyone can get stuck into! The possibilities are endless, from students producing advertisements for forthcoming events, through to spotlighting the next generation of broadcasters. Our School Bell system can be connected to a school radio system, and we can supply the school radio station as part of the package if needed.


Lock Down Alerts with School Bell

The Lock Down Alert with School Bell is included as standard. The system offers easy access to 3 levels of alert: Full Lock Down, Partial Lock Down and a third for special circumstances.

Full Lock Down Alert is for the most serious instances where you need staff and pupils to take immediate action, due to a threat on your site.

Partial Lock Down Alert is for any disturbance or situation outside the school grounds, during which you want all staff and pupils back inside the building. For example, if a dangerous dog comes onto school grounds or pollution from a fire is heading your way.

Third Lock Down Alert unlike the first two is not required by local authority guidance or NaCTSO. The Third Alert is for special circumstances. For instance, we have schools that have issues with parents trying to collect students when a court order is in place. We have a case where an inner-city school is near a rehabilitation center and they often have their clients going to the wrong reception to collect prescriptions. This alert can be customised to alert SLT or other staff of a known situation they need to attend.


Installation of a new School Bell System

The School Bell System runs via its own cabling. Our system includes Lockdown Alerts and a PA Tannoy microphone system that are both used for communication, including safeguarding around schools. If we were to use your wi-fi network, this would introduce a weak link in the system during network outages or maintenance. Many networks are already running at full capacity and adding extra systems to these is not advisable.

As a self-contained system, the School Bell system experiences limited downtime and has proved to be extremely reliable. We also offer UPS (Uninterruptible Power Supply) to allow the system to operate during a power cut. This means you may still communicate with the complete site or raise an alert.


Have we missed anything?
We hope not, but we are always keen to improve our system even further and would love to work with new clients to introduce additional functions.

For further details such as full product information, feature list, technical specification, and tender specification information please visit our dedicated School Bell Class Change Technology Website.


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