CCC Alert System

The CCC alert system will be put to the test today. I prefer to think of it as a beta roll out since we will all be testers. The information has been provided in writing and it appears that all precautions have been taken.

At our last department meeting, several members raised possible and plausible concerns. I thought it may be a good idea to share our faculty concerns and assist in the enhancement of this program. Detractors are also welcome. Speak your mind, I mean, write it down.

Provide your comments and concerns now or AFTER you’ve gone through the drill(s).

10 thoughts on “CCC Alert System

  1. Mornin,
    I will be off-campus today doing site visits, so I will miss the drill. I’m counting on the Harold Lounge to keep me informed!

    I am glad we are doing this drill and I hope the beta test makes it a strong procedure that we can all remember easily.

    Y one concern is that I never bring my cell phone to class. If there was an alert during class, I would be the last to know. I suppose I could change this behavior, but it would be difficult. I get a lot of messages on my cell phone at any given point in the day and it would be highly distracting if I were to check my phone every time it buzzed during a class session.

    What happens if we are in our offices or other areas of the building like the washroom or the cafeteria? We are supposed to stay put, right?

    Just some thoughts. Good luck today!

    • I agree with you, Carrie. I want cell phones totally turned off during class. With this new “policy,” one would HAVE TO attend to that phone whenever it vibrates! That’s crazy. I’m not liking this at all. The great organizational angst is that 90% of the rules are in place because of 5% of the behaviors. That’s bad enough. But to think that cell phone rules, syllabi, locks, keys, white cards, etc. have to be re-invented because of the one in a million chance of a crazed terrorist arriving at a place near us is, … well, … it’s just not right. … Which reminds me. My class ENDS at exactly 10:30. … I better let them out early.

    • OMG! Dave didn’t live blog!
      Something must have happened to Dave!!!
      Has anybody heard from Dave!?
      Dave!!!! …. Dave!!!
      … I better go look for him!

      • Maybe his phone went dead?!?
        Maybe he didn’t get the all clear?!?
        For the love of blogs, somebody find Dave!
        Bring some cookies in case he’s in need of food!
        Oh yeah, and a Blackhawks blanket in case he’s cold.
        Hee, Hee…

  2. What did you guys think of the drill? I, for one, thought that it was just about the most useless drill ever. At the faculty council meeting, Dave Rosell said that the lights would flash and there would be an announcement. I did not lock my classroom door, nor did I place the white card in the window, because I do not check my cell phone during class and I don’t allow my students to do so either. No one ever came to my room to see why my white placard was not in the window. If this is a drill, shouldn’t we be acting as if it were the real thing, and doing all the actions we would do if it were the real thing? If there is a crazy person running around the school, and has not been caught, and my room does not have the index card in the window, I would hope that someone would look in to see if my class is ok. I feel less safe after this drill.

    • I believe you just convinced me to make this week’s Think, Know, Prove about Campus Safety, UsuallyConfused. Thanks!

      To answer your question, I misread the memo we got in part because of what I’d heard at the Faculty Council meeting, too. I even warned my students about the flashing lights and was eventually asked to lock my door (but only after one of my students, who had stepped out to answer a phone call (grrrr) was sent back in from the hallway. She was the only student in the class who got the alert and she only looked at it because she was already on the phone. The rest had their phones off and/or stashed.

      I’d say, at least, that it was a long ways from successful–at least in my room. Did anyone see what happened in the lobbies?

      And anyone hear how the evening version went?

  3. You are so right, Realist. Tom Higgins and I generated the following idea: Wire each room with three small but conspicuous lights. One light means, “There is an emergency that requires us to clear the building, now.” Another light means, “There is an emergency that requires us to lock ourselves in a safe place. Turn on your cell phone and listen to the message that will soon be sent.” The third light signals the all clear. Then make sure every door has a “flip” lock so that anyone could lock it (we can safely assume the crazed person doesn’t have a key). It’s simple. What say? … BTW, … we’re glad Dave is safe.

    • Not without expense.

      Can Higgins get a grant for it? Another alternative would be morse code on the walls and floors. Every teacher gets a mallet and a jackhammer. in a box labeled (break in case of lock-in worthy emergency. That would probably cost less than the 3 light system.

      I understand that money does not compare to human life and that danger is (while rare) a reality, but the stuff doesn’t grow on trees, and our students have lots of needs. At some point, choices need to made, no?

      I’d rather get counselors back.

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