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    Hey guys
    I'm the head boy of one of NI's biggest schools and today the Deputy Head has asked me and the Head Girl to help her with a problem she has.

    In our school, the sixth form are allowed out of school during lunch time but there is no system in which they are marked in or out.
    The problem is - if the fire alarm goes off during this time how do the form teachers for sixth formers know if someone who is not present in not there because they are out for lunch or if they are stuck in the building?
    Unfortunately my suggestion of a biometric system is too expensive and so cannot work.
    Does anyone have any other suggestions?
    Thanks
    Joe
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    My school has a similar problem, though perhaps made worse in that sixth formers can come and go as they please if they don't have a lesson on. The current system in use is to lock all the classroom doors and have staff designated as fire marshals to check a corridor is empty (mostly senior management and caretakers). This is apparently what the fire service has advised them to do. I hope this helps.
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    If you were a small school you could implement a policy of signing out. As you're such a large school there's not much you can do to properly solve this. I would say that at 6th form you should be held a bit more responsible and be able to take responsibility for getting yourself out of the building if the alarm goes off. I think keeping classroom doors locked when not in use/supervised and having designated adults to check toilets/cafeteria/library is also a good idea.
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    It sounds like you either implement a sign out policy or not allow the 6th form to leave. My old school in N.Ireland had the same issue a few years ago and they ended up not allowing anyone to leave the premises.
 
 
 
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