Business Operations

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  • Crisis Management
  • | Pandemic
  • | Technology

Academic Continuity During COVID-19 Closures: A Case Study 6 min read

A Beijing independent school has grappled with centralizing communications, testing technological requirements and keeping up morale since moving learning online.
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  • Cybersecurity
  • | Risk Management

Five Areas of Technological Risk in Independent Schools 5 min read

Strong digital use policies, trainings and behavioral standards can protect schools from these emerging technology related risks.
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Safety & Security  

  • Communication
  • | International
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Safe Returns 5 min read

Strong crisis response protocols and community relations helped one school manage a serious threat to campus security.
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Mission & Motivation  

  • Culture
  • | Diversity and Inclusion
  • | Parent Organizations

Mission & Motivation: Uncomfortable in a Comfortable Place 6 min read

Diversity and inclusion leadership training pushed this business officer outside her comfort zone — by design.
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  • Environmental Sustainability
  • | Food Service
  • | Risk Management

Alternative Proteins Raise Allergen Concerns 3 min read

New products that mimic ground beef are all the rage, but they may pose a problem for those with peanut allergies.
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Safety & Security  

  • Crisis Management
  • | Culture
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: Knowing Your Neighbor 6 min read

A behavioral threat assessment policy can help those in a close-knit independent school identify unusual behaviors and quickly intervene.
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  • Facilities
  • | Legal
  • | Maintenance

Should Your School Require Payment and Performance Bonds? 4 min read

Having a payment and performance bond in place can help schools mitigate risk and protect from potential loss.
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  • Facilities
  • | Legal
  • | Maintenance

Foundations for Construction Success 13 min read This item is protected.

Whether building new or updating existing space, campus construction can consume more time and resources than anticipated. Early planning, strong contracts and continuous communication can help mitigate risks and keep wo
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Safety & Security  

  • Crisis Management
  • | Facilities

Safety & Security: In a Day, on a Dime 5 min read

Addressing low-hanging fruit and implementing low-cost solutions could improve your school’s safety.
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  • Extended Day
  • | Facilities
  • | Key Auxiliary

Data-Informed Auxiliary Programs 12 min read

Shift auxiliary program goals from arbitrary and out-of-reach to strategic and achievable using data sets and other national resources.
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  • Human Resources
  • | Technology

Faster, Sleeker, Stronger: HR Tech 13 min read This item is protected.

Implementing human resources technology may not only save time and improve the employee experience, but also spur more strategic thinking.
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Safety & Security  

  • Facilities
  • | Safety and Security

Safety & Security: On Cameras 5 min read

Security cameras today cost less and do more. With proper installation and monitoring, they can mitigate risk and head off lawsuits.

Mission & Motivation  

  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Mission & Motivation: Powerful Points 3 min read

Communication is key during busy summer months, fostering connections among different sides of the business office as well as staff and faculty members upon their return to campus.
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Strategies  

  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Strategies: One Space, Many Voices 4 min read

When designing a shared school space, taking the time to collect different stakeholders’ perspectives in unbiased ways pays dividends.
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  • Facilities
  • | Planning

Gathering Constituent Input for a Successful Master Plan 2 min read

Collaborative processes can help ensure new campus facilities align with a school’s mission.
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  • Risk Management
  • | Transportation

Overdrive: Managing Transportation Risk 14 min read This item is protected.

Managing the infinite scenarios of transportation risk — from owning or outsourcing vehicles to corralling volunteer drivers —  requires time, expertise and financial resources to keep everyone safe.

Projections  

  • Budget
  • | Technology

It’s Time to Commit 4 min read

From the archives: How can online learning simultaneously mitigate the financial pressures facing our schools and reinforce our ability to personalize the learning experience?
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  • Culture
  • | Facilities

Students Tackle Operational Issues 4 min read

Stuart Country Day School’s campus-as-lab program, led by the school’s facilities director, enables students to solve real-world problems — while helping administrators collect campus data.

Projections  

  • Facilities

Projections: Knowing the Neighbors 4 min read

Building plans? Don’t wait until groundbreaking to engage with the neighbors.
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  • Extended Day
  • | Leadership

Making After-School Programming Meaningful 4 min read

Innovative, student-driven programs add value, enrich students, further school mission and attract new families.

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