Synchronized time is, without a doubt, becoming a standard among schools kindergarten through 12th grade. Having extremely accurate time display throughout a school exponentially improves the operations that go on within and around the building. While making the upgrade to synchronized school clocks is always a worth-while endeavor, there are various options and upgrades to the actual clock system that any school should not overlook.
1. Scheduling Capability
With many manufacturer systems, the master clock of these synchronized systems generally comes with options that go beyond serving as just a time reference. Laden within the design and innovation of today’s modern master clock, users can choose a scheduling option where a school’s bell system can interface with the master clock. When the master clock interfaces with the school’s bell system, it can both ring the bells as well as configure the schedule of when the bells should ring throughout the school day.
2. Count Down
Some manufacturers give schools the option to perform a countdown function with digital school clocks in the system. The benefit being that when the master clock sounds the bells during a class change, digital clocks can be programmed to begin counting down the time students have to arrive at their next class before the late bell sounds. With this feature, students no longer have to guess the time they have left to visit their locker before their next class begins.
3. Numeric Messaging
Fire drills or emergency evacuations at any school kindergarten through 12th grade can be difficult to perform in an organized fashion. Especially in the case of larger schools and school districts, filtering thousands of students out of the building requires the intervention of mass notification. One option that only certain manufacturers offer in their digital clocks is the ability to perform numeric messaging, the ability to display a 4 to 6 character message on some or all digital clocks for mass notification of the entire school. During a fire drill or emergency evacuation for example, digital school clocks in the building have the ability to display “FIRE” or “EVAC”, providing great assistance to the staff and faculty trying to control the flow of students as they exit the facility.
So when schools are in the process of researching and seeking out a synchronized school clock system for their elementary, middle, or high school, there are many valuable options for their system that should not be overlooked. These options have the ability to improve the flow and efficiency of the building, and provide the students and faculty with more than just an accurate time reference.