Greg Varner Posted May 26, 2020 Share Posted May 26, 2020 A few schools that are in the process of reopening have provided some insights. Change is not always welcomed but, in this situation, everyone understands that change is necessary. Lessons learned from these schools include the following insights on how to structure and deliver communication: Provide facts: state what you know do not speculate must be a trusted voice Outline the impact to the community and staff: be specific on what is impacted such as entry, staggered entry, limits on class size, cleaning, behavior like social distancing, etc. the school needs to be nimble and flexible adapting to the situation when moving forward Describe what the school is doing to respond: update early and often to create positive voices provide updates on what is happening to give peace of mind / provide confidence result is positive word of mouth Respond to frustrated parents: generally the community is positive and support there will be issues or concerns to handle so do so directly and empathetically provide clear messages on what the school is doing Suggest what the community can do to help: highlight we are all in this together community needs to be supportive and constructive while the school needs to be nimble Determine which channel to use: there are many channels such as Facebook, Twitter, Intranet, push notifications, etc. each channel should have a purpose and target do not push everything in every channel 1 1 Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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