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Enhancing School Communication and Safety Through Mass Notification Systems Designed for All

Are you giving equal access to information to all students? 

The journey of ensuring inclusivity and safety in schools is ever-evolving. For institutions serving deaf and hard-of-hearing populations, ensuring effective communication with students, especially during emergencies, remains paramount. 

The Unique Design of Schools for the Deaf

Deaf schools may have both traditional students who come for daily learning and students who live on campus. For those with residential programs, the schools offer dormitories, considering the lengths many families travel for specialized education. These schools operate like a Monday-to-Friday boarding school, allowing students to immerse fully in an environment built around their unique needs. Regardless of traditional vs residential programs, schools for the deaf all provide a supportive learning environment that is crucial for preparing students for a world not always designed for them. Students grow and thrive without the language barriers found in traditional school settings. 

The Need for Improved Mass Notification Systems

As parents look to these schools to provide beneficial and immersive environments for their children, they also expect a maximum level of safety while these students are in their care. One way to ensure safety is a seamless, integrated mass notification system designed for those who are deaf and hard of hearing

Features of an integrated mass notification system designed for hard of hearing individuals include: 

  • Strobe Alerts: Strobe lights are game-changers in emergency situations, providing visual cues that cater to the deaf community. Red flashing light, for instance, indicates a fire emergency. With today’s advances in lighting technology, a vast array of custom colors are available to be customized all from one piece of hardware. 
  • Mobile App Notifications: Configurations ensure that notifications reach both deaf and blind students efficiently.
  • Specialized Alerts: There may be a need for specialized alert systems, especially in sensitive situations. Using media controllers to push content to classroom TVs or employing LED boards and signs are effective approaches. Moreover, the system’s flexibility to support multiple languages, like French for Canadian users and ensures broader applicability. These alerts can be configured within your mass notification software to respond in the appropriate manner routed to the right recipients and dependent on the situation or specific trigger. 

Benefits Beyond the Deaf Community

Not only do these enhanced communication methods benefit the deaf, but they also assist the hearing community in situations where audio intelligibility is compromised, including:

  • In noisy environments like cafeterias or shop floors.
  • For outdoor events, like football games, where scoreboards and strobe lights can be integrated to ensure everyone stays informed.
  • In industrial and manufacturing settings with increased noise levels. Notifications may range from “take a water break” to a weather alert.

Our mass notification experts at Layered Solutions have provided integrated safety and communication systems for deaf schools across the country for more than two decades. Read how we helped the Colorado Deaf School or contact us with your mass notification needs.