FLINT, Michigan (WJRT) – A Mid-Michigan school district uses millions of dollars in federal COVID-19 relief funding to improve learning and safety – inside and outside the classroom .
Bangor Township has just installed an advanced learning and safety system.
The aim is to help children with their studies wherever they are – and to add an extra level of protection at school.
Superintendent Matt Schmidt told ABC 12 news that the five schools in Bangor Township are now equipped with a state-of-the-art system called “SAFE” … thanks to pandemic relief funds.
“Our district received approximately $ 6 million in ESSER (Elementary and Secondary School Emergency Support) money. This whole project cost between five hundred and six hundred thousand.
The system consists of three parts, audio, video and security.
Speakers hidden in the ceiling enhance sound to help students hear their teachers more clearly in the classroom.
A teacher at John Glenn High School says she no longer needs to use her “teacher voice”.
“I practice using my usual voice and it’s really good, because I lose my voice every now and then, because I have to speak so loud,” said Kristin Aimar, social science teacher.
Each day’s lesson is recorded, so if a student needs to self-quarantine, or even if they are just sick that day, they can watch the lesson at home.
“If I have to miss out on student council, or leadership training or whatever, I know I can always learn what I need to be successful in the classroom,” commented Molly Dwan, a John Glenn HS Senior. .
In the event of a medical or safety emergency, any staff member can trigger a video alert system that will indicate which class needs help.
It also notifies by SMS so that school officials and law enforcement or emergency services can respond – as well as immediately lock down the school if necessary.
A bonus that the students understood is that if they are struggling with a particular topic, they can watch that day or that week’s videos over and over again.
It also becomes a good tool to use before an important exam.
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