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 (https://lnkd.in/eucyYSe) 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

Educators & Pandemics: Mental Health and Fatigue

Teachers, administrators, student affairs people, and others in education have experienced new types of stress during this pandemic. One form of stress that is new to educators of all types is “Zoom fatigue” and “COVID fog.” I know I have experienced both of these a few times!  Some other stressors that may be going unrecognized … Continue reading Educators & Pandemics: Mental Health and Fatigue

Use of Likeness Clause Template

During a few consulting and advising sessions, we have been recommended that clients include a “Use of Likeness” clause in their contracts, handbooks, enrollment agreements, etc.  We crafted the one below and had it approved by legal counsel.  This kind of waiver can save you a lot of headaches later on.  Please note that depending … Continue reading Use of Likeness Clause Template

Title IX: New Rules and Realities

By Eesha Kashif There is a lyric from an old song that goes “Do you know what it’s like to not know a single thing about yourself and it’s all your fault”. Thanks to the unprecedented circumstances in light of the outbreak of COVID 19, I have been reflecting deeply on the ways in which … Continue reading Title IX: New Rules and Realities

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 info@goodivy.co 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

New Title IX Guidance Released – May 2020

The new Title IX guidance from the Department of Education is out.  The document is over 2,000 pages long!  We are taking a read and will send observations and thoughts as we get through it this week.   Guidance PDF linked here - https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/titleix-regs-unofficial.pdf   Summary PDF linked here - https://www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ocr/docs/titleix-summary.pdf

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.

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

Campus Safety Infrastructure: Local Mental Health Resources

Do you consider mental health resources a part of your campus safety infrastructure?  You should.    A lack of mental health supports such as counseling services, psychiatric services, and local hospitals, as well as policies and practices means your institution has inadequate campus safety resources.   Campus safety is more than security officers and fire … Continue reading Campus Safety Infrastructure: Local Mental Health Resources