Risk Management |
Article by Mark Ruiters, SchoolPass
From the January/February 2019 Net Assets magazine
Independent K-12 schools must hold themselves to increasingly high security standards, including being able to track and document the campus comings and goings of all students, visitors and staff. Students are the largest and most vulnerable group on campus on any given day, and their frequent scheduling changes can be challenging. We have found that 10 percent of students typically change their dismissal plans over the course of an average day, such as arranging for an early pickup or going home with a friend. Most schools manage these changes manually, through phone calls and emails. This practice heightens the risk for communications mishaps and can result in students not going home with an authorized adult, not getting on the right bus or not being where they are expected to be.
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Here are some simple best practices schools can employ to reduce risk, save time and improve dismissal security and efficiency. They revolve around what we have categorized as the five layers of student-centered safety:
I have seen schools dramatically improve their control and accountability around student safety when they are able to deliver accurate, accessible real-time information about student arrival and dismissal schedules. In some cases, they begin this process with one layer of their security, and then improve it before investing further. In addition, these efforts generally strengthen parents’ confidence in the safety of their children and in the accountability of the school.
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