Top 3 Strategies for Emergency Preparedness During the Age of Remote Learning
Prior to the pandemic, at-home and virtual learning were mainly reserved for homeschooled children or those with medical conditions that prevented them from attending a traditional school. However, at the height of the pandemic, more than 90 percent of American households with school-age children reported participating in some form of distance learning.
There was no shortage of challenges that schools, families, staff, and students faced as they navigated the new world of remote learning. Among those challenges was the need for new forms of emergency preparedness.
From developing a way to communicate with staff and faculty, no matter where they were working from—to the development of recovery processes, schools had to create their own strategies and solutions for new and evolving risks.
If you’re navigating the world of remote learning, keep reading to learn a few tips for emergency preparedness from which every school can benefit.
Create an Action Plan
Coordinating a variety of responses and responsibilities when staff and faculty were no longer working from the same central hub was one of the first challenges faced by schools around the world.
Having an action plan ensures that every member of your team understands their roles when a situation or emergency occurs. This strategy provides seamless transitions, whether from remote learning to in-person learning or adjustments to other emergencies, which is a must for schools and education facilities of all shapes and sizes. Action plans are not a one-size-fits-all solution. Instead, a customized action plan will account for your school’s, students’, and staffs’ unique needs.
Keep Your Actions and Responses Organized
When your staff and faculty begin implementing your action plan and taking measures to address the emergency at hand, you want to make sure that you’re able to see and track every assignment. Keeping your actions and plans in place allows you to ensure you have taken the necessary steps to address the emergency and provides data that can be valuable for the future.
A Virtual EOC (emergency operations center) provides a central dashboard where all assignments and data can be tracked and organized in real-time. Besides letting others know that they’re doing their job, this dashboard also allows staff to communicate in one central location.
Make Sure Communication Is Instant and Seamless
Communicating with faculty and staff while they’re working remotely needs to be instant and seamless to be effective. Whether you’re initiating daily staff check-ins or need a way to notify your staff of changes, it’s essential to ensure that you have systems and infrastructure in place that allow for this communication to happen quickly and effectively.
Suppose your staff and faculty have to go hunting for the information they can’t find. In that case, details are more likely to get lost, and some individuals may miss the message entirely, leading to confusion, missed deadlines, and a variety of other issues.
Managing Emergency Response in the Age of Remote Learning
While many schools worldwide have returned to in-person learning, some have done so only to find themselves returning to remote education a short time later.
Whether your educational institute is ready to leave distance learning behind or not, following these emergency preparedness tips is a great way to ensure that your entire team is prepared for anything and that the transition will be seamless every step of the way.