Post COVID Lockdown: Active Shooters and Threat Assessment

It's been a while since we heard about #activeshooters in #schools. Unfortunately, as we reopen (which is good overall) there will be increases in school-based incidents. In fact, there have already been smaller-scale ones ( Are schools safe? The answer is yes. If we look at the data, we will see that shootings occur and each of these … Continue reading Post COVID Lockdown: Active Shooters and Threat Assessment

FEMA and President Biden

What is the future of FEMA - and emergency management overall - under the Biden administration?  There are several experts and associations making suggestions for what President Biden should do. IAEM and Disasterologist Dr. Samantha Montano have some good ones on their websites.   My list includes most of what they have, except I am not … Continue reading FEMA and President Biden

Template – Letter of Designation and Access for Essential Personnel | GoodIvy

Below is a template that we created after researching several different formats of essential personnel letters.  We provided this to several schools and it is free for you to use, just let us know who you are! Email if you have any questions or need any assistance.   LOGO/LETTERHEAD # 1 Month DD, YYYY SUBJECT: … Continue reading Template – Letter of Designation and Access for Essential Personnel | GoodIvy

Dear Colleague Letter to Independent Schools: Federal Aid and Legal Compliance (Title IX) – May 2020

As you are considering accessing federal financial assistance for your school, it is important to understand that accepting government money comes with several significant compliance issues including Title IX, Title VI, Section 504, and other laws. Many schools are not ready for this change in compliance requirements.

Updated Resources for Independent Schools Regarding – COVID-19 (Coronavirus)

There are lots of places to go for guidance and information for COVID-19 (Coronavirus). Here is a great video of an expert panel at NAIS discussing legal and risk management aspects. NAIS Panel on COVID-19NAIS Website with Resources and Guidance Reach out to us if you need any help planning or organizing a response.

Lockdowns vs Shelter-In-Place in Schools

Recently, I have been in a few discussions where people have asked about the difference between a Lockdown and a Shelter-In-Place.  In the context of schools, both are options for protecting students, faculty, staff, and visitors during emergencies.  A Shelter-In-Place is used to keep our community members safe from danger outside of the school buildings … Continue reading Lockdowns vs Shelter-In-Place in Schools

School Safety: Culture Over Hardware

Safety and emergency management are important areas for all schools.  There are lots of marketing efforts put into selling hardware and other solutions to education leaders. While door locking mechanisms, bullet-resistant windows, lockdown blinds, and related hard-security items can be helpful the financial, labor, organizational, political, administrative, and community cost needed for this type of … Continue reading School Safety: Culture Over Hardware

Wildfires: Giving Thanks and Support

In the United States, today is Thanksgiving.  The holiday means a lot to people.  Today, I find myself thankful for service people: Law Enforcement, Firefighters, Public Works, Emergency Management, Delivery People, my building’s Doormen, and many others.  With the California Wildfires, I am especially thankful for those firefighters. Having helped fight much smaller wildfires, I … Continue reading Wildfires: Giving Thanks and Support

Family Safety: Codewords

What are the things that you worry about when thinking about safety?  What about with your family? With my background and interest areas, stuff that comes to mind for me includes fires, violent people, and medical emergencies. The basics of home and family safety include some things like working smoke detectors (one per floor and … Continue reading Family Safety: Codewords