You can easily schedule the bells for the entire school year for every school or location in your district from OneVue. Better yet, you can quickly and easily change the schedules when needed. To ensure bell rings at the right time, the Bell Controller device has a built in real time clock that synchronizes with its NTP time source hourly.
The following sections provide an overview of how-to set up and manage your bell schedules.
A zone is made up of default schedules and exception schedules. A default schedule is the bell schedule for the majority of the school year. Exception schedules are for those days the bells are to be different from the default schedule.
You may have more than one default schedule when reoccurring periods are different on the days of the week. For example, if you have six periods Monday through Wednesday and eight periods on Thursday and Friday, you would create two default schedules specific to the days of weeks they are effective.
Exception schedules are for special days that override the default schedule. You can set an exception schedule to not to ring bells for a specific date range or for a period schedule that is different from the default schedule. For example, you may not want the bells to ring during winter and spring break or other scheduled days off. You would create an exception schedule for the day off. Or for shorter days, you would create an exception schedule with the shorter periods and set the date range the schedule is effective on.
Examples of common events that exception schedules are created for:
Early release or delayed start days
If an assembly requires a shorter class schedule
Teacher in-service days
Testing or exam days
A zone's schedule is made up of periods. A period contains the timed bell events that trigger your schools bell to ring. A period can be set to only include a start bell or to include both a start bell and end bell.
Each schedule can have up to a maximum of 48 bell events. If a schedule only has start bells, the schedule can have up to a maximum of 48 periods. If a schedule has both start bells and end bells, the schedule can have up to a maximum of 24 periods, which totals up to the maximum of 48 bell events.
Each period is assigned to a ring type. You may choose to assign a unique ring type to specific bell events. A unique ring type can be used to reduce confusion in common areas such as cafeterias and lobbies or to identify the start or end of a period.
A Bell Controller device has two relay and two contact closure inputs. The relays are wired to your existing PA or school bell system to activate your school bells. The Bell Controller relays are assigned to a zone. Optionally, the device's two contact closure inputs can be wired to a switch or button to activate bells manually, commonly referred to as an impromptu bell.
In some cases , you may have may have a PA or bell system that serves two locations in the school, such as one for middle school classes and another side dedicated to grammar school classes. In this situation, each relay is wired to each of the locations independently of each and each relay is assigned to its unique zone to ring the bells specific to its location.
The Bell Controller device connects to your facility’s network hourly to download any schedule updates, transmit its operating condition and events to your OneVue account, and synchronize its time with a NTP time source.