I'm talking severe weather season, my friends! We here in Oklahoma know all too well the fear this time of year brings and the devastation that can occur. While we have no control over when and where severe storms, including tornadoes, can hit, we do have control over our schools' preparedness levels.I know every single one of you has a plan in place for sheltering in the event of a tornado, but does that plan include more than just basic communication with parents? We never want to think that a tornado could hit our own schools, but we have seen it happen time and again to others, and I cannot stress enough how critical it is to have a crisis communication plan in place.You will have a ton of information to convey, and in chaotic situations, people are often unable to think clearly and logically. That is when a carefully thought-out, detailed plan is crucial to have ready to enact.
These are just a few of the questions for which you will need to identify clear answers. If you have not formed a team to do this, there is no better time than NOW. Please contact me, and I can assist you in whatever stage of planning you are currently in.
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You've done it: you've made it to the second half of the school year! When you think back on all your district's events and causes for celebration thus far, ask yourself: do you consistently inform your stakeholders about the great things going on in your schools, or is all the positive news kept within the school building's walls? If the latter, now might be a good time to re-evaluate your district's communication strategy.
Call me old fashioned, but I like to receive mail. You know, the kind that comes in an envelope with a postage stamp that you retrieve from..wait for it...a mailbox.
It’s the end of tornado season, and hopefully, everyone made it through safe and sound. As architects, we always encourage schools to review their emergency plans every year because as spring rolls around, we can count on receiving numerous calls concerning tornado safety.
Earlier this month, the SDE put out its FAQ on medical marijuana. It’s a helpful resource, providing links to statutes and other pertinent information to assist schools in decision- and policy-making.