How Schools Can Use Push-to-Talk Two-Way Radios During the COVID-19 Pandemic

The COVID-19 pandemic has created unique challenges for school districts throughout the country. Some have made the transition to online learning, while others are reopening with enhanced protocols for social distancing, instruction, and more. These are a few ways push-to-talk two-way radios can help schools manage these new protocols, and keep students and staff safe as the COVID-19 pandemic rages on.

Monitor Number of Students in Cafeterias

Most schools have strict limits on the number of students in the cafeteria in order to accommodate social distancing and limit exposure. PTT two-way radios allow teachers to communicate with cafeteria staff so they know when it is safe to bring their students into the cafeteria.

Coordinate Staggered Passing Periods

One thing schools do not want is a large number of students congregated in congested hallways. One way to manage this is by having teachers slightly stagger their passing periods so that only a few students are in hallways or trying to access lockers at the same time.

Fast Communication With the School Nurse

This is especially important should students begin exhibiting symptoms of COVID-19 during class as the school nurse has specialized training to address the issue and notify the appropriate parties quickly – as well as isolating students and staff who may have been exposed should the student test positive.

Contact Janitorial and or Maintenance Staff Quickly

Because COVID-19 has created enhanced cleaning protocols for schools, it is essential for schools to employ fast and attentive cleaning whenever a student displays symptoms during the school day. Push-to-talk two-way radios allow instant communication between the classroom and appropriate maintenance staff so these needs can be addressed promptly.

Coordinate Bus and Parent Pickup Lines

Another time when large numbers of students are often found gathered together is when waiting for their parents or buses to arrive after school. Push-to-talk two-way radios can be used to keep students in their classrooms, where they are properly social distanced, until their bus or parent arrives to pick them up and they are called for. This reduces the number of kids gathered together and keeps them in protected environments until they are ready to leave the school.

If you remain unconvinced of the potential benefits push-to-talk two-way radios have to offer your school during the COVID crisis, contact Peak PTT today to learn even more ways our radios can help you improve safety while complying with CDC recommendations for your students during these troubling times.