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    • Best practices within the school community includes the utilization of a Campus Resiliency Team (CRT) or sometimes referred to as a Crisis Management Team or Emergency Action Committee, etc. This group, regardless of its title, not only convenes in response to potential or actual crisis or emergency situations, but also meets on a regular basis to plan and discuss overall safety, security and emergency preparedness policies and strategy that will lead to a more resilient organization. This wider group of stakeholders serves as a “force multiplier” for the direct hire employees charged with managing these programs on a daily basis and assists the campus directors in determining that the right assets, resources and emphasis are placed for all life-safety and business continuity programs. Convening of this group also allows the risk management personnel to seek “buy-in” from other stakeholders early in the process of strategy and policy development, making successful implementation more likely. A regular, recurring schedule of CRT meetings should be established where risk is the main topic.  Items of discussion may include safety, security, emergency preparedness, child protection, emergency communication, policy and procedure development, mitigation strategies, training and drill regimens, risk elements of off-campus travel or after-hours activities or special event planning among other topics.

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    • The fourth of our series on Returning to Normal in COVID times at international schools.

      At international school opportunities for international trips is a key component of the experience offered.  Whether class trips, sporting events or other competitions, the opportunity to travel has been a normal, expected and important offering.  COVID-19 has halted this opportunity for students.  Going forward, it is expected these opportunities will resume, however with new challenges.

      Our webinar today will interview Ben Cooper of World Travel Protection who will explore implications and share insights that schools can consider as they endeavour to offer international experiences to their students, whether hosting events on campus or sending students abroad.  

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      Ben Cooper - International Travel Risk Management Expert - World Travel Protection EMEA

      World Travel Protection’s Ben Cooper’s responds when asked what he does for a living is “I work with an amazing company that gets people home when they are ill, injured or unsafe overseas.” 

      Ben was drawn to work in travel risk management by his fascination with geopolitics, which plays an important part in assessing travel risks. The majority of Ben’s career has been spent supporting organisations with projects in remote, high risk or logistically challenging environments, from offshore wind farms and oil rigs to onshore remote research projects and mine sites.

      As Head of Sales & Commercial across Europe, the Middle East and Africa, Ben works closely with clients from the company’s UK base. According to Ben, WTP’s clients come from a diverse range of businesses, including universities, security firms, travel management agencies, business continuity advisors and human resources consultants. 

      Working closely with clients means Ben is always managing unusual and exciting projects, often with complex logistical arrangements. Whether a film crew in a COVID-19 environment or university students travelling to high-risk locations; various layers of support and risk mitigation are involved, for travel and at the locations.
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    • Returning to Normal in COVID times – Staff Recruitment, Mobility and Travel Implications at International Schools
      The second of a 4 webinars addressing Returning Schools to Normal During COVID Times. COVID-19 will impact international schools including its impact on staffing – recruitment, mobility and travel is significant.
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    • It’s hard for students to learn if they don’t feel known and protected. Security is equally about emotional as much as physical safety.

      In these days of school insecurity, we need to address the needs of the whole child. This includes balancing the curriculum with both academic and social-emotional learning to teach students to recognize and control their emotions as well as to feel empathy for others.
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    • Considerations and Strategies to Mitigate the Impact of COVID-19 at International Schools

      COVID-19 will be with us for the foreseeable future and its impact on international schools will continue. The virus itself is evolving, the science related to the virus, to vaccines, and to testing is also evolving. The evolution of is global, however mitigation needs to be done at a local level. 

      A current understanding of the situation with the virus will enable schools to implement up to date mitigation strategies. These strategies should incorporate vaccinations, screening, process and procedures as well as communications. 

      See the considerations and insights shared by our panel.
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  • Upcoming Events

    • 17 Aug 2021 09:00 Until 10:00
      International schools who operate a school transportation service have a wide range of considerations when it comes to ensuring the safe and efficient operations of a transportation service. A well run, safe and trusted transportation service can lead to a more positive overall image of your school, increased enrolment and a positive ROI. School leadership is often challenged by their transportation service as they often lack experience or insights to managing a transportation service which can lead to oversights that leave students and staff in difficult or even unsafe situations. Many schools today are faced with lower transportation usage due to safety concerns stemming from COVID-19.
      Our panel of experts will share insights and solutions schools can consider to provide a more safe and efficient transportation service that parents trust, including:
      importance of the status of all buses and students at all times the ability to effectively communicate to staff, students and parents ensuring that drivers, monitors and other staff are appropriately vetted and trained considerations for transport operators related to operational safety and efficiency. Operating a safe and secure school transportation service at international schools is often a vital means of getting students to and from your school. Join our panel of experts to gain insights on how to improve the safety, efficiency and trust in your service.
      Our panel:
      Matt Harris, Ed.D.’s experience and expertise lie at the nexus of technology, schools, and the global education landscape. Currently, Dr. Harris is the Co-Founder and CEO of ChildSafeguarding.com, an e-learning company that offers child abuse prevention education to support staff and parent volunteers in all schools around the world. The course meets the needs of all learners regardless of literacy level, geography, or language. Previously, Dr. Harris worked as an educational leader and teacher in schools and universities in North America and Asia. He served as Chair of the Board of Directors for the International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE). Dr. Harris is an Apple Distinguished Educator, Microsoft Innovative Education Expert, Google Certified Innovator, and Common Sense Education Ambassador.
      Kevin Lloyd has been working with leading technology companies Nokia, Ericsson, Sony Ericsson and Siemens in mobile enterprise communications for 25 years prior to focusing on support for international schools 6 years ago. Kevin is the Co-Founder and CCO of Together School. A solution that improves safety, efficiency and engagement at international schools by putting the right information into the relevant person's hand at the right time.  Together School's solution does for schools, what an airline app does for airlines.
      Linda Howard is the Managing Director of School Transport Management International who provide consultancy to schools and consortiums. Areas of expertise include safety and process auditing, implementing new services, network review, structure, and compliance reviews. Linda is passionate about improving safety and quality services for the transportation of students. Linda has worked 20 years in school transport, specializing in best practice and policy implementation, strategic planning, network reviews and safety audits.  Linda has worked for international and independent schools across South East Asia, the MENA region and Europe.
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