Nebraska Schools Take Advantage of Radio Communications

Nebraska Schools Take Advantage of Radio Communications

The emergency communications system is called RECESS, or Radio Emergency Communication in Every Sarpy School, and provides a new way for schools to report emergencies.

Schools in the Papillion-La Vista School District in Papillion, Nebraska, performed a test of their emergency communications system Wednesday.

The emergency communications system is called RECESS, or Radio Emergency Communication in Every Sarpy School, and provides a new way for schools to report emergencies. The radios they’ve been using for routine communications for more than a year at Papillion-La Vista schools have an orange button on top—press the other button, and the radio immediately contacts 911 to send help.

“Pressing 911 is pretty easy,” Carriage Hill Principal Dr. Kelcy Tapp said. “But to be able to press just one single button and have instant communication […] We don't even have to say anything and they will send help right away just by pressing the button."

During the test Wednesday, the Sarpy County 911 Center listened as each school in the district tested their orange buttons. A total of 32 radios were tested, and the tests were successful.

“By putting one of these in every school, we've ensured communications with each building within the Papillion-La Vista School District," Papillion Police Lt. Steven Young said.

Currently, only Papillion-La Vista schools have the radios, but the goal is to implement RECESS in every Sarpy County school.

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