While a mobile safety platform is critical for accessing emergency response plans and procedures during major emergencies, mobile resources can also be supportive for more common scenarios. From first aid guides to fire drill and evacuation procedures, mobile apps can present school officials detailed instructions, fast reporting capabilities and comprehensive information for maintaining safe schools. Here are five examples.
1) Bully monitoring: Mobile apps can be supportive of schools’ bullying and harassment prevention programs. They can clearly define steps to be taken to help avert bullying and raise visibility of any incidents among teachers, staff and parents as well as provide effective responses.
2) First aid:Whether a student scrapes their knee, breaks a bone, or has an allergic reaction, mobile resources can offer first aid information 24/7. Step-by-step instructions on a mobile device can help teachers and staff follow the best protocols and determine whether a student needs further medical attention.
3) Weather-related emergencies: School officials must be prepared for any sort of inclement weather or unexpected natural disasters, and more importantly know how to react. With mobile devices, they can send real time notifications and have procedures accessible at all times in the event of a severe thunderstorm, snowstorm, etc.
4) Special events: Whether on a field trip or at an after-hours sporting event, a mobile app can offer chaperones and coaches important emergency preparedness information at a moment's notice. This includes class rosters, school personnel contact information and important safety procedures for ensuring students are safe when they are at off-site events.
5) Incident reporting: With a mobile platform, teachers and staff can quickly communicate and report incidents to administrators in real time when details are fresh. This can also help automate and streamline state reporting efforts for school officials, which can be a very cumbersome process.