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
Many aspects of student life will look and feel very different during this academic year. One very important aspect that campus and system leaders must scrutinize carefully is campus dining. Before considering the details of how to manage the dining services, campuses need to investigate if their dining operations fall under the education guidance, health … Continue reading School Dining Services During COVID-19
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 email@example.com 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
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
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.
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
Yes. We can improve ourselves, our professional work, our families, our communities, our society, and everything in an incremental way. While taking radical and aggressive action can work well in the right circumstances, it is more effective overall to work in a consistent, disciplined, and continuous way on incremental improvements. Improve your average, do a … Continue reading Continuous Improvement: Okay If It’s Incremental?
Say what you do; Do what you say. That's it, that's the hack for effective risk management. Get good counsel and write/follow your policies, protocols, and handbooks. Without this, you are driving blind and that doesn't end well.
Every organization has a culture. One aspect of organizational culture is the safety culture. For safety in organizations, culture is more important than the hardware. The safety culture is the set of perceptions about the hazards, vulnerabilities, and risks that exist in the workplace and community. Preventable safety issues and emergencies in organizations are often … Continue reading Safety Culture: What Is Yours?
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