Summer break can be a much needed time to prepare for teachers and administrators alike.
Check out our quick run down of the things you can do to save yourself the headache when Back to School season comes around.
Summer Assignment for School Administrators
- Review your Pickup and Dismissal Process
- Evaluate Building Safety and Access Control
- Build your Emergency Protocols
- Prepare a Parent Communication Plan
Review your Pickup and Dismissal Process
We know dismissals, and how vulnerable of a time they can be. So we’d hate to see you scrambling last minute to fix your traffic and safety problems, when you have all summer to get started! Consider if you’ll need car tags, how you’ll communicate delegations, and what sort of accountability and security measures you’ll take. We have seen a rise in the use of digital school release platforms due to their ease of use for parents, efficiency, and ability to audit and track changes. So considering smart dismissal tools or a plan you come up with yourself, it’s important that dismissal time not be left up to chance. Because in our experience, it’s unsafe and chaotic once back to school hits.
Evaluate Building Safety and Access Control
School safety is an extremely multifaceted and complex subject, but a few simple adjustments can drastically improve your school’s safety practices. Ensure your school has separate entrance points for students and visitors. Most schools prefer the front office for visitor management, so you may want to consider that your primary visitor entrance. Companies like Facility One allow schools to obtain blueprints of their facility, and consult with law enforcement on their building’s security. Summer is the perfect time to conduct these assessments while the buildings are empty.
Build your Emergency Protocols
Dust off the old binder where you keep your existing emergency protocols, they won’t do you much good in there. Take a look at your procedures; are they simple, accessible, and able to be recalled by staff, visitors, and students? If not, it may be time to update them. Consider what agencies you will contact, if doors will be locked, where students will go, what resources will be used, and how incidents will be reported. Whether you use a color coded system, physical alarms, or text alerts and panic button apps, with a bit of work there’s no reason you can’t start fall prepared for potential campus threats.
Plan for Parent Communications
This stage is crucial, because if you fail to get the parents on your side, they might eat you alive. Okay– probably not, but you do need to make sure they are onboard and informed on any changes you will be making. But what’s the best way to reach them? Create a folder, either physically or digitally of what documents and resources parents will need to tackle the back to school transition. If you need help getting started, Apps like Kidio Messenger come pre-configured with templates like these.
See our full list of tips and suggestions— before August comes around!