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July 14, 2022
The start of the new school year is right around the corner and now is the time to ensure school safety is of the utmost priority.
Two-way radios bring effective communication to schools across the country.
Knowing how to best use your two-way radios and which is the best fit for your campus is crucial in streamlining the communication process at school.
To make finding the best radio as easy as possible, Midland Radio has put together our two-way radio guide and tips for schools.
Two-way radios bring reliable and instant communication right to your hands.
Schools often times don't have cellphone service and if it is available, it very well could be spotty and unreliable. Two-way radios provide the ability to communicate when cellphones can't.
Using cellphones also requires waiting for someone else to read and reply to a text message or answer a phone call. Two-way radios cut down on the waiting time with push to talk. Simply grab your radio and start communicating.
Cellphones also have limitations as to how many people you can reach at once. Whether you're a principal, school nurse, teacher, or member of the maintenance staff, grab a two-way radio to speak to multiple people at once. If it's a sick student, conflict between students, or a security concern, everyone who needs to be involved in the response can be alerted at once.
School safety is top of mind for all parents, teachers, administrators, and school employees.
Be it an intruder, altercation between students, or electricity/technology failure, communication is central to all emergency response plans.
Having reliable, instant communication is vital in the activation of these responses, but also the management of all moving parts in making sure the response runs as smoothly as possible.
In any emergency, the difference between saving a life or avoiding an even more detrimental situation can be made in seconds. Two-way radios bring instant communication that you can count on.
Even after pandemic practices have eased, school drop-off and pick-up have become a well-oiled machine.
Whether it's a student using the school bus or waiting for a parent in the pick up line, two-way radios can play a big role in staff members communicating as to the whereabouts of students.
Knowing where students are and when they are on the move is crucial to keeping them safe while on school property. Using two-way radios helps teachers communicate with other staff members as students head out the door at the end of the day.
For instance, if Billy (student) leaves his third grade classroom to meet his dad outside, Mrs. Hollman (Billy's teacher) can use her two-way radio to let Mr. Banks (designated. pick up staff member) know he is on the move in order for him to be on the lookout for Billy.
Staff can also use the two-way radios to alert others know of any back ups in the bus lane or pick-up line.
Piper Prairie Elementary School has been using two-way radios for over five years.
“We wanted to make sure we had radios to communicate, mainly for the safety of our students- to make sure they were where they needed to be. We just needed that instant communication in order to do that," Assistant Principal, Jason Malaschak said.
Like any school supplies and equipment, choosing the right two-way radio is an important decision.
One key factor to choosing the right radio is knowing the size of your school's campus and how many students you have in the building.
For school's with up to 500 students and a campus size of up to 200,000 square feet or 15 floors, Midland Radio recommends the LXT600BB FRS Business Bundle.
This radio DOES NOT require a license. It's the perfect radio for first time users in a light duty environment. Teachers or other school staff won't have to worry about any extra training in order to figure these two-way radios out.
The LXT600BB Business Bundle comes complete with a pair of radios, two rechargeable battery packs, and a pair of headsets for unobtrusive communication. This way students aren't disrupted by any communication throughout the day.
Midland's BizTalk® On-Site Business Radio is the perfect fit for schools with up to 1,000 students and a campus size of up to 200,000 square feet or 15 floors.
This small, lightweight radio is so easy to use that teachers won't have a hard time figuring out how to communicate using it.
Even though it's small and lightweight, the BR180 brings clear and clean communication that will last throughout the entire school day (up to 14 hours).
The BR180 is durable so it will stand up to the test of school environments.
This radio will thrive in administrative environments as well as in the cafeteria, gymnasium, classroom, media center/library, pick-up/drop-off locations, and can even help in maintaining social distance.
When in doubt, choose the BR200 for your school.
This radio covers schools with 500 to 1,000 schools. It also will cover campuses with up to 250,000 square feet in size or up to 20 floors.
This radio really is the sweet spot because of its increased durability and integrated battery pack.
It's ideal for most locations and activities. The BR200 is sure to shine in environments like administration, athletics, auditorium, cafeteria, classrooms, gymnasium, janitorial, media center/library, pick-up and drop-off locations, playground/recess, and can even lend a hand if working to maintain social distance.
The MB400 is Midland's most powerful business band radio.
It works great for schools with 1,000 to 4,999 students and a campus size of up to 300,000 square feet or 30 floors.
With four watts of power and an IP67 rating that holds up against dust and moisture, the MB400 is perfect for the most demanding environments. If you're looking for durability and increased coverage, the MB400 is the radio for your school.
With this radio's power and durability, the MB400 will bring the clearest and most reliable communication to all aspects of your school.
Based on the needs of your school and campus, you and mix and match Midland's BR180, BR200, and MB400 to match all your needs.
Depending on location in the building or job assignment, different people can carry different radios, whatever is best suited for their needs.
Midland Radio is offering exclusive back to school discounts on its business radios.
Buy six, get one free. Purchase 6 MB400s or 1 MB400X6MC Kit, get 1 MB400 free.
Schools can also purchase 6 BR200s or 1 BR200X6BGC Kit, get 1 BR200 free.
The promotion runs July 1, 2022 through September 30, 2022.
To receive the promotion, the customer/company must complete and submit the online submission form along with all requested documentation here.