A resent school I visited also used students to ring the hand bell 5 minutes before end of morning and lunch breaks. Then the office staff operated the manual bell button. There were a few difficulties noticed, the position of the manual bell button was 20 meters down a hallway out of site of the school staff. It must have been a real chore for the Office Staff getting up out of their seat and walking down the hallway 14 times a day to operate the bell, I suppose it’s good exercise. This repeatedly interrupted the staffs consentration each time they needed to operate the bell. Another funny thing was they also got so use to the problem they just put up with it until a teacher temp said why not use an electronic school bell. The light bulb lit up when they googled “school bell system” and found there were automatic bell systems that cured their problems.
The main problem was the Electic Bell Button was manually operated by the staff, because the kids couldn’t be trusted to ring it on time without fail. I hear these issues so often.
They installed a school bell system and now its a Smooth Working School Office, without the stress. Another happy school.
School Bell Systems
How simple is it to operate a manual bell button, which operates the electric bells placed around the schools of today. Sure easy, you press the button and the bells ring. Now make it your job to ring it 14 times per day, and you cannot miss one or be late. Yeah ok, you say can’t be that bad. But you didn’t realise they didn’t say for the whole year. Now after a few weeks it starts geeting hard to keep time etc. Not so simple now.
This is one job that needs to be automated, and it is quite easy to do. The task can be replaced with an electronic timer. There are a few different types and it is worth speading time choosing a good one. The cheap small self contained timers will cause more problems than they are worth. They are fiddly to program, inflexible, small memory, basically junk. Anything mechanical, it’s past its day, through it out. Audio based sound systems oddly still play Bell Sounds, the overall cost is high to implement, the schedules seem to be modified 7 day timers. It is best to avoid the 7 day timer format, it dosn’t program ahead far enough. Automatic daylight saving and leap yearmust be automatic, many schedules and many bell operations are needed now. The BellMinder is the one that fits the task exactly.
Electric School Bells
What a great invention by Joseph Henry (the father of inductance), they are so good and simple plus use very little power. There was an electric bell at Oxford University that rang for over 150 years. This would suggest electric bells are very reliable. Electric Bells for schools come in various sizes and voltages AC and DC. If you are looking for an Electric Bell make sure you get a Bell rated for outdoors (i.e. being waterproof). When electric bells are used in schools it is very easy to press the button and all the bells ring at once. Then came the smart bell, i.e the no hands model.