As K-12 schools are reopening around the country, more attention than ever is being placed on student safety. In addition to addressing the mitigation of potential contagion factors, staff and students also need the ability to call 911 for access to first responders in the case of an emergency. This means it is essential for school facilities to have good cellular signal throughout classrooms, hallways, and stairwells, activity and lunchrooms, and administrative offices. As can be seen from the tragic events over the past few years, good cellular reception is needed even in bathrooms, as well as storage and supply rooms where students and staff may take shelter.
In the case of an emergency, it is just not realistic to run to another area of the school to call 911. And cell phones can also be a lifeline if an emergency responder is trying to locate victims inside facilities or find out where there is trouble.
At GetWireless, we recommend Cel-Fi QUATRA Active DAS Hybrid as a cost-effective solution to ensure good uniform cellular coverage throughout school facilities. It is ideal for single or multi-building campuses from 30,000 sq. ft. to more than 500,000 sq. ft., including those with multiple floors and building construction materials, even LEED. QUATRA can be rapidly deployed over several days or in a matter of weeks – depending on the building construction and size of the installation – which is important to many school districts as budgets free up and where students have recently returned to in-class learning or could be returning at any time.
Here’s what integrators say about Cel-Fi QUATRA for schools K-12:
“The entire school was constructed as a LEED-certified building, so it was a giant Faraday cage with no cellular signal coming in or out. Outside they had a fairly decent signal, but the moment you walked inside, all the materials were RF blocking causing no signal. We saw a 90% improvement in the signal throughout the facilities with Cel-Fi QUATRA. From the get-go, this design covers all areas and delivers a future-proof solution.”
“It took us an hour to commission the system. It was incredibly easy. The system can monitor itself for any type of interference that is introduced into the system and it has an online portal and apps for remote performance monitoring which is important to us in providing maintenance and ensuring we meet the standards we promise.”
“The district immediately realized the benefits of this new system. The feedback from students, staff, and families has been positive.”