Critical Issue #10: Building Communication

Lack of cross communication between schools is a widespread problem. It is imperative that each school takes a top-down approach to emergency management, which must involve interschool communication. Currently, most schools have different ways of communicating during emergency situations. Whether each individual school communicates using phones, radios, computers, or other systems, the fact remains that these systems do not allow schools to communicate with each other.

While most school districts have some type of mass broadcast system to reach community members in the case of an emergency, this communication is lacking between the schools themselves. In many cases, multiple schools on the same campus do not even have adequate communication measures in place so that they can relay information if an emergency arises.

Having adequate communication between schools within the same campus and between schools within the same district is essential. Siblings may attend different schools and parents are likely to have children at different schools. Schools often use communication devices that are on different frequencies. While the community may receive proper notification of emergencies, schools within the same district may not be made aware that an emergency is occurring at a nearby school.

The key to creating clear communication between all schools within a district is to create a system in which all emergency communication devices are adequately connected to each other. Following a top-down solution such as this will ensure that the entire community and schools within a district are aware of emergency situations.

Implementing an adequate interschool communication system does not need to happen overnight. However, by taking measures to initiate cross communication between schools, you will begin the important process of ensuring the safety of everyone within your district. In time, you will have a highly efficient interschool communication system in place so that no school is left out of the loop should an emergency situation occur.