From OneVue you can easily manage bell schedules for an entire school year and change the schedules. Bell schedules are managed from Zones that are assigned to a Bell Controller relay. A Bell Controller relay triggers bells to ring at the schedules set in its assigned zone.
Zone: configured with default and exception bell schedules. Schedules set when the bells ring at specific times, which is determined by the schedule's periods. Each period has a start bell time and an optional end bell.
Default schedule: schedule for the majority of the school year. 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 schedule: schedules for those days the bells are to be different from the default schedule. You can set an exception schedule not to ring bells for a specific date range or for a specific 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
Periods: schedules are made up of periods. A period contains the timed bell events that trigger bells to ring. A period can be set to only include a start bell or both a start bell and an 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.
Ring Types: specifies the series of ring tones generated by school bells and assigned to each period set in a zone schedule. OneVue provides several standard ring types and custom ring types can be added. A custom ring type is configured to a specific ring pattern by setting its duration, repeat delay, and the number of rings.
Assign zone to Bell Controller relay: a Bell Controller has two relays that are hardwired to an existing PA or school bell system to activate school bells. From OneVue, the relays are assigned to a zone that contains the bell schedules.
In some cases, you 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 other and each relay is assigned to its unique zone to ring the bells specific to its location.
Bell Controller stores a 7-day schedule in its local memory for each of the two relays. Each night after midnight, the 7-day schedules are downloaded to the device. In addition, any schedule updates are downloaded to the device during its hourly check-in.
Bell Controller connects to the facility’s network hourly to download pending schedule updates, transmit its operating condition and events to OneVue, and synchronize its time with an NTP time source.
To ensure bell rings at the right time, a Bell Controller has an internal real-time clock that synchronizes hourly with an NTP time source.