CrisisGo's Safety Blog

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Lessons Learned: Reopening Schools in a Pandemic World

By Kelly Moore on October 26, 2020

As schools continue to adjust instruction and safety protocols during the pandemic, it is important to acknowledge that COVID-19 will be around much longer than most people were originally thinking. Additionally, we will experience a convergence of the COVID-19 pandemic and our “normal” seasonal influenza experiences.

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Safety Funding in Your Future? Learn the Grant Cycle

By Don Gemeinhardt on October 16, 2020

All of the agencies shown above can help your public Safety program, not only in the area of school violence, but also in the very relevant area of COVID-19 identification and prevention.

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Close Contact Tracing & Close Contact Listing for Pandemic School Safety?

By Kelly Moore on October 13, 2020

You may have heard the terms “Contact tracing” or “contact listing” in reference to tracking and responding to COVID-19 cases and outbreaks. While these terms are important for pandemic safety, they may be unclear for many. Close contact “tracing” is one of the primary tools we have at our disposal to get ahead of the infection curve. Contact tracing attempts to identify as many people who have potentially been exposed to the virus as possible, by “tracing” those who an infected person came into contact with. 

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Keeping Track of Pandemic Safety with Technology

By Kelly Moore on October 2, 2020

As many schools across the nation are being asked to report their confirmed and suspected cases of COVID-19, many schools are wondering how to handle the process of obtaining and reporting the sensitive information.

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Technology Enhances Hurricane Safety: Prepare, Respond, Recover

By Greg Peterson on September 25, 2020

There’s more to hurricane safety and recovery than simply alerting your stakeholders about the situation. To successfully respond to a hurricane and minimize the damage, cost, and downtime, organizations like schools and businesses need a reliable system that will allow them to prepare in advance, coordinate their response, and recover from the incident.

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Improving Your School’s COVID-19 Entry Protocols

By Kelly Moore on September 15, 2020

As schools implement their screening and entry management protocols, it is important to take into consideration how managing the staff and student entry takes shape and the logistical issues to consider in a COVID-19 environment.

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Returning to School: Maximizing the Pre-Screening Process Using Digital Safety

By Kelly Moore on September 4, 2020

As many school districts take on the newly adopted safety process of pre-certifying and screening of staff and students for COVID-19 symptoms, it’s worth noting how a digital approach can make this complicated process much more efficient and secure.

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What is “Pre-Certification/Pre-Screening” and Why is it Important for School Safety?

By Kelly Moore on August 27, 2020

You may have heard of the concept of “pre-certification” or “pre-screening” as your schools have begun to finalize and practice the new safety measures for returning to school. Safety recommendations for re-opening schools and organizations frequently include the use of pre-visit temperature checks or other measures to pre-certify that those seeking attendance are not displaying COVID-19 symptoms.

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Using Technology to Safely Return to Schools

By Kelly Moore on August 4, 2020

It seems with all of the inconsistencies with the federal, state, and local guidelines, school administrators are struggling to find a solution for the overarching problem: How do we get our students, staff, and visitors back to our campuses safely?

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How Technology Makes Returning to Work Safer During the COVID-19 Pandemic

By Chris Vuillaume on June 15, 2020

Workplaces all across the country are eager to start re-opening and offering services to their customers, and many are unsure how they can achieve this safely and efficiently. Re-opening workplaces in a COVID-19 world is more than just sanitizing areas and maintaining social distancing. Of course, that's critical, but it's just the tip of the iceberg.

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5 Ways CrisisGo is Helping You Prepare to Re-Open After Prolonged Closures

By Chris Buecksler on May 18, 2020

Uncertain. Challenging. Difficult. Trying. Uncharted.

These are all words we have heard in advertisements used to describe our current situation. "In these difficult times" should be the understatement of the decade…

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6 Need to Know Tips for Continuity of Operations Plans (COOP)

By Cari Struble on April 20, 2020

As we continue to experience the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic across the nation, many school administrators are starting to feel a sense of helplessness from the lack of control the government shut down orders have caused. One way to help combat the sense of helplessness is to take control over how your school is handling the COVID-19 pandemic by starting to prepare for your re-opening and recovery.

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Forming an After-Action Plan for COVID-19

By Jim Spicuzza on April 9, 2020

You might be asking why your school district should start planning for a return to normal operations now if the COVID-19 pandemic is far from being over. It seems a bit counter-intuitive at first glance, but it's actually critical that schools begin to plan for their pathway back to normalcy.

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Pandemic Response in Schools

By Jeff Kaye on March 10, 2020

We are proud to host the following guest blog from Jeff Kaye, President School Safety Operations: 

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How to Prepare Your Mind for School Safety

By Cari Struble on February 12, 2020

If you've ever had the opportunity to visit the Columbine memorial, you probably saw the following quote: "It brought the nation to its knees, but now that we've gotten back up how have things changed; what have we've learned?"

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School Emergency Plans: They're Not as Difficult as You Think

By Cari Struble on January 20, 2020

You need a plan. Whether it's an emergency response plan (ERP), disaster recovery plan (DRP) or a business continuity plan (BCP). Having a plan gives your stakeholders a clear outline of how to approach, assess, and respond to any situation that could possibly strike.

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Get a Head Start on School Safety in 2020

By Greg Peterson on January 6, 2020

Everyone has some sort of New Year's resolution, even if we downplay it. Whether it's trying to eat more kale, watch personal finances more closely, or to actually get on that treadmill that's gathering dust in the basement, it has simply become part of our culture to think about what we want to improve to become better in the upcoming new year. New Year's resolutions often focus on what we know is challenging yet possible to achieve, so why shouldn’t schools focus on improving school safety for 2020?

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What Do Schools Think About Safety? Here's What We Learned

By Greg Peterson on December 17, 2019

"School safety" is a phrase that everyone can understand, but it often times means different things to different people, and many school districts don't always conceptualize or approach school safety in the same way. This is understandable since each district, and even every school, are influenced by the needs, challenges, and resources of their community. To better understand how schools from across the country think about school safety, we reached out to our clients to catch their thoughts.

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How Technology Is Changing How We Conduct Safety Drills

By Cari Struble on December 2, 2019

School safety has been in the media spotlight in recent years due to the catastrophic incidents that have plagued the United States in the last decade. This graph from the K-12 School Shooting Database reinforces the sad reality that every school community must be prepared for any and all situations making us all ask the question, "What would you do during those vital few minutes before first responders arrive if there is an incident at your school?"

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Broadcast Alerts for Full Circle Safety Communication

By Greg Peterson on November 18, 2019

Imagine your school is about to release students for the day, and just a few blocks away, police officers are responding to an armed gunman. It's a scary situation that could lead to an emergency, and with your students about to leave the safety of your building, your most precious priority has become vulnerable.

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5 Use Cases To Streamline Crisis Response

By Cari Struble on November 4, 2019

Emergencies don't happen every day, but when a crisis does occur, the minutes, or even seconds, it takes to communicate can make all the differences for school safety. Communication is most effective when it's two-way, especially in an emergency. When school administrators and safety teams are alerted to a situation, getting information directly from those involved helps them make the right decisions and respond more quickly, which can lead to an increased likelihood of a positive outcome.

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Streamlining Student Threat Assessments with Safety Technology

By Greg Peterson on October 22, 2019

Take a second to think about all your safety resources and protocols you've implemented for school safety. What keeps your students and staff safe every day? Do you have a way to report and investigate threats to prevent emergencies before they happen?

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4 Reports to Streamline Your School Safety

By Cari Struble on September 16, 2019

In the 20 years since Columbine, there have been hundreds of school shootings, 140 dead, and 300 injured. Not to mention, the 220,000 students that have been directly affected by school shootings because they were in the buildings at the time these events took place. While thousands more are impacted by daily incidents like bullying, teasing, and kids just not being able to cope with their own emotions or anxiety.

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Synchronized Safety: Getting Your Safety Systems to Work Together

By Chris Buecksler on September 13, 2019

School safety spending in the United States continues to climb. Since 2018, legislators in more than half the states have approved nearly $1 billion for school safety programs. Allocations range from personnel (School Resource Officers, Counselors, etc.) to training to technology and security measures. In the rush to do 'something' to improve the safety of students and schools, there is little consistency from district to district—or state to state—in terms of what measures take priority.

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Check Out the Back-to-School Safety Checklist

By Greg Peterson on August 19, 2019

It's back-to-school time, and hopefully you've checked all the boxes for getting your staff, classrooms, and students ready for the upcoming school year. But in all of the back-to-school rush, you may have forgotten about your to-do list for safety.

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Rapid Response For Your Entire Community

By Cari Struble on July 1, 2019

Threats can emerge from virtually anywhere—from tornados, floods, hurricanes, and other severe weather events to health concerns like drugs, weapons, or violence—making it important to have response protocols to account for all of them. For many of the situations that occur, your onsite safety team can address them, however some will require outside assistance.

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3 Reasons You Need a School Safety Platform

By Jim Spicuzza on June 3, 2019

Improving school safety is rarely simple, and it's never as easy as flipping a switch. Often times, small, piece-meal improvements can be made over the course of the school year, but major changes in school safety require rolling out a comprehensive initiative.

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Communication as a First Step in School Safety

By Greg Peterson on May 7, 2019

CrisisGo recently co-hosted a school safety roundtable with school district representatives from the Saint Louis area. During the meeting, Levaughn Smart, Director of Security for Kirkwood School District spoke about the importance of communication during an emergency.

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5 tips to keep your schools prepared during a crisis

By Cari Struble on April 22, 2019

Being prepared during an emergency can make all of the difference in the outcome. Here are five tips to help your district and schools be more prepared when a crisis strikes.

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A Blueprint for Improving School Safety

By Chris Buecksler on April 8, 2019

After two years of high-profile incidents, school safety has been a top priority for school district leaders, school boards, and communities around the country. Some statistics report there have been 25 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in 2019; that follows 103 incidents of gunfire on school grounds in 2018, including some highly publicized tragedies in Florida and Texas.

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Is SEL a Part of Your School Safety Plans?

By Cari Struble on March 18, 2019

With school shootings, violence, and bullying on the rise, improving the safety of our students and schools remains a top priority for district administrators across the nation. For many district administrators, "hardening" school facilities is the most common response to the constant pressure from parents, communities, and school boards to do "something."

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Reflections from Superintendent Conferences

By Chris Buecksler on February 26, 2019

This winter, I spent several days attending superintendent conferences—specifically the Texas state association and the National Conference on Education hosted by AASA, The Superintendent Association. As a marketing leader, I value every opportunity I get to speak directly to school district leaders and learn what keeps them up at night. Increasing the safety of students and schools remains a top priority with every district leader.

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Managing School Safety Drills: Don't Sweat, Simplify

By Greg Peterson on February 5, 2019

What do you think of when you hear the words "safety drill?"

Do the words remind you of a standardized routine you have to do several times each semester? Or do those words give you a headache just thinking about the complicated process of scheduling and performing different types of safety drills for each school to meet the specific guidelines and requirements of your state? Perhaps those words remind you of an opportunity to practice your emergency responses while testing your safety system.

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3 Secrets for a Safety Mindset

By CrisisGo Inc. on January 21, 2019

Most school administrators agree that safety awareness is paramount to providing a secure and nurturing learning environment for students. But what does "safety awareness" actually mean? It's more than an informative poster on the wall or an annual training session on state safety requirements—it's an everyday mindset that can prepare your school community for a variety of threats, from physical to cyber to mental.

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Key Takeaways From Federal Commission on School Safety Report

By Chris Buecksler on January 7, 2019

In December 2018, the U.S. Department of Education released a report compiled by the recently-formed Federal Commission on School Safety. The Commission was created in response to the school shootings in early 2018, specifically at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe High School in Texas. The Commission was designed to research and recommend solutions to advance the safety of schools in the United States.

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4 School Safety Resolutions for the New Year

By CrisisGo Inc. on December 18, 2018

New Year's is a time for fresh starts. It's a time to look back at where we've been, so we can make better decisions to get where we want to be. It's a time to make resolutions. Usually, we think of individual goals, like exercising more, losing a few pounds, or saving up for retirement, but organizations can benefit from New Year's resolutions too. Why not seize the opportunity to make your school safer for everyone?

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