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Beat the Rush: Tips for Setting Your School Bell Schedule in Advance


Believe it or not, it’s already time to start thinking about setting your bell schedule for the upcoming school year. Properly-functioning school bells are crucial to the flow and productivity of your school or district, and setting them early before you get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the school year will help you avoid headaches down the road. Here are a few things to consider when you set up your bell schedule:

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Topics: bell scheduler, K-12, School Bell Software

Learn How Your School Can Be More Safe with InformaCast

It’s that time of year again. Bright yellow school buses dot the morning commute, backpack-laden children walk the sidewalks, and the smell of newly-sharpened pencils is in the air.

The start of a new school year can seem as sure and predictable as the change from summer heat to autumn leaves. It is important to realize, however, that even normal situations can quickly turn into emergencies. Being prepared for whatever may arise is extremely important for the safety and well-being of students and staff.     

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Topics: school notification, Redlands, Uplift Education, InformaCast, K-12, School Bell Software, Overhead Paging, Emergency Notification

School Bells and Overhead Paging Keep Redlands Unified School District Schools Running

Redlands LogoThe Redlands Unified School District in California relies on InformaCast for their bells, paging, and alerts.

Singlewire Software, developer of innovative voice applications centered around secure, fast, and reliable mass notification, emergency communication, and overhead paging, today announced the release and publication of the case study, “Redlands Unified School District: Reliable School Bells and Overhead Paging.”

The case study features Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) in California. There are approximately 21,400 students and 1,600 staff in the district, which is comprised 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, an adult education high school, and district facilities.

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Topics: Case Studies, Press Release, InformaCast, ip paging, K-12, School Bell Software

Redlands Unified School District: Reliable School Bells and Overhead Paging

The Redlands Unified School District in California relies on InformaCast to keep their schools running

Redlands LogoThe Redlands Unified School District (RUSD) serves several diverse communities in Redlands, California. The district has 16 elementary schools, 4 middle schools, 3 comprehensive high schools, a continuation high school, an adult education high school, and district facilities. There are approximately 21,400 students and 1,600 staff in the district.

 RUSD needed a bell, paging, and alert solution for their new high school and elementary school that was built with a one-wire Ethernet infrastructure.

“We needed a reliable, solid solution that would allow for bells and paging over the IP network,” says David Massaro, Coordinator of Technology Services at RUSD. Since RUSD is a large district that consists of several separate school buildings, they also needed to be able to communicate between locations across the district.

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Topics: Case Studies, Redlands, InformaCast, K-12, School Bell Software

Christopher Columbus School Extends Overhead Paging with InformaCast

CCHSThe Client
Christopher Columbus High School in Miami, FL, is a private, college preparatory high school. Conducted by the Marist brothers, CCHS has been providing educational excellence since 1958 and currently has an enrollment of approximately 1,400 students and a campus spread out across four main academic buildings on 19 acres.

The Business Challenge
In 2007 Christopher Columbus High School owned both an analog two way paging system and a separate system for scheduling and maintaining their school bells. The paging system was starting to fail in some of the classrooms. The bell system had to be programmed manually by one of the few employees that understood how to use it. In addition, each clock throughout the school had to be synchronized by hand including the two times per year when the time changed due to daylight savings time.

At that time the school was beginning work on a new technology center, and it was time to take a serious look at replacing the old system that was in place. “Since we were in the process of constructing the new Mas Technology Complex we decided to take a look at what would be best for the school as a whole at the time and in the future” explains Elena Alvarez, the Technology Director at Christopher Columbus High School. They were looking for a system that would integrate all of their technology and make use of their existing Cisco phone system, as well as allow them to communicate efficiently throughout the school and across its multiple buildings.

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Topics: Case Studies, Christopher Columbus High School, K-12, School Bell Software

Saved by the Bell - Large California School District Implements InformaCast

One of California’s largest school districts chose an IP telecom system to boost its schools’ safety, but discovered many other benefits.

Appearing in EdTech K-12

Story by Julie Sturgeon, Photo by Max S Gerber

As principal at Chaparral High School, Lucia Washburn no longer dreads lockdowns.

Each year, the Grossmont Union High School District requires each facility to conduct two such emergency drills. Officials sound a special alarm, and students must get to the nearest room that has a door or that locks. Teachers practice keeping students safe in that secure space, and the El Cajon police officers check every room to make sure the campus is secure. The entire process lasts an average of 10 minutes — but for Washburn, it was 10 minutes of frustration because her building had no public address system. Instead, she communicated with teachers over telephone speakers.

“If the class was a bit loud, they couldn’t hear anything,” she notes.

In the fall of 2005, Jack Blaylock, director of technical serv­ices at this San Diego, Calif.-area district, selected Chaparral to investigate a new IP telecom system under consideration. Singlewire (formerly Berbee) billed its InformaCast product as a robust, full-featured system that allows users to simultaneously push an audio stream and/or a text message to multiple Internet Protocol phones and speakers. The Madison, Wis., manufacturer originally built the system for the Department of Commerce after personnel there found themselves banging on doors on 9/11 in an effort to evacuate a building without loudspeakers.

Of course, Blaylock wasn’t willing to invest in new switches, speakers and software for one building; he had a bigger challenge on his hands. The 19 campuses in this high school district handed him a mixed bag of four or five different notification systems. “Some of it, I don’t know if there’s a brand name on it because it goes back 50 years [to] when the school was built,” he says.

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Topics: Case Studies, School Bell Software

Case Study - Uplift Education: Flexible, Scalable Overhead Paging and Bell Scheduling

k-12 overhead pagingThe Client
Uplift Education operates a network of 20 high-performing, public charter schools serving over 6,000 students in underserved areas across the Dallas/Fort Worth Metroplex.

The Business Challenge
Like many K-12 institutions across the country, Uplift Education works hard to provide students with an excellent education while keeping operating costs low. 

One of the biggest challenges for Uplift is that each new school in their system is a building that has been acquired and converted into a school by the district. As a result, infrastructure like wireless networks, the IP data network, and overhead paging systems need to be designed to fit each location. The need to keep systems and networks secure at remote locations is also paramount. 

Each school facility is managed by a principal and/or building administrator. Many of the schools were independently buying their own PA and bell systems. Some schools had one or the other, both, or neither. Whatever solution each school would pick, it was then up to the regional operational directors to implement, deploy, and manage it. 

At one of the schools, the old megaphone system that was used was loud and intrusive. If staff needed to change a bell schedule or upload a new sound file, the system would take hours to update. None of the clocks were in sync. After getting feedback from senior directors asking about what other schools were using for PA and bell systems, it was clear that Uplift Education needed to find a comprehensive solution that would allow centralized management, localized access for each school, flexible design options, and be a scalable solution to meet future growth needs.

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Topics: Case Studies, K-12, School Bell Software

School Bell System - Ring and Customize School Bells

With InformaCast you can customize your school bell system including the tones that are heard and the times and dates the bells ring. Learn more about this solution in the podcast below. 



So, we have the ability to take any tone that you would like, and we give you example tones through the software that you can play at specific times of the day. And, it could be that traditional school bell that you heard in the 1980's, that sounds is like someone rattling a bell. Or they could be steady tones.

They're wav files. You can create your own custom wav files. You can have people record their voice for passing bells. It's truly a question of what you want it to be. And, in schools, you know, the flexibility of being able to change bell tones based off of times of the day, is very easy to do. You could have your first bell be one tone.

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Topics: InformaCast, K-12, School Bell Software

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