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dwilton1
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What does this Button do?

Postby dwilton1 » Sun Jul 31, 2016 12:13 pm

I was recently at a church building and there are these push buttons in the larger rooms by the entrances, Chapel, multi purpose, CC, etc, etc. Picture attached. What do they do?

My nephew was with me, and wanted to push it, but I was like nah, let's find out what it does first.
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Re: What does this Button do?

Postby russellhltn » Sun Jul 31, 2016 1:31 pm

The only time I've seen a button like that is for the bells to announce the end of class. But I don't think they'd be in the locations mentioned. Usually its in the clerk's office or placed unusually high so children can't reach it.

Since it's unlabeled, it's probably only for use by people "in the know". Which would suggest it's not to get help for an emergency (like a medical problem).

My best guess is it's to signal the teacher that the time is up. That way a member of the bishopric or Sunday school presidency that poke their heads in and push the button. I'd assume it would light a light the teacher can see. Less disruptive then the bells. But that's just a wild guess.
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Re: What does this Button do?

Postby RyanGard1977 » Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:34 pm

More than likely it rings the hallway school bells (if your building is equipped with them, most new buildings now are built without them to save on costs) in the old days, 2 rings would indicate 5 min left and 1 ring would indicate time's up. If it was something you were not supposed to touch, then there would be a "do not touch unless in case of emergency" thing, so go ahead! Push it once, then run and hide!

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Re: What does this Button do?

Postby StevePoulsen » Mon Oct 17, 2016 1:30 pm

RyanGard1977 wrote:More than likely it rings the hallway school bells (if your building is equipped with them, most new buildings now are built without them to save on costs) in the old days, 2 rings would indicate 5 min left and 1 ring would indicate time's up. If it was something you were not supposed to touch, then there would be a "do not touch unless in case of emergency" thing, so go ahead! Push it once, then run and hide!

Minor correction on why bells are no longer included. When they were introduced, it was uncommon for ward to overlap. Now however, it is far more common for the wards to overlap. When wards overlap, it is not uncommon for one ward to be in Sunday School, while another is in sacrament meeting. The result is that if the bells are used, its somewhat disruptive to those in sacrament meeting. Based primarily on these concerns, It was determined the best option was to discontinue the installation of bell systems.


As to the purpose of that button, I have no Idea, if its not a bell button, I have no idea what it is, nor what it is for, more context may help.
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