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What We're Talking About This Week - July 24th

U.S. Disaster response is scrambling to protect people from both hurricanes and COVID-19, with southeast communities grappling with whether or not it's possible to evacuate to shelters without risking coronavirus exposure. 84% of employees remain concerned about returning to the physical workplace during the COVID-19 pandemic, despite plans to return to onsite operations in 2020. Mobile innovation will drive safety, efficiency in a post COVID-19 world, with tons of potential for mobile tech across city sectors. The pandemic has magnified gaps in healthcare data sharing, with the crush of coronavirus wordening the misplacement of important information. As Fall approaches, schools work to improve remote learnings, with administrators hoping to be more prepared than in March. 

Key Points: 

  • Schools quickly made the dramatic shift to remote teaching when school closed in March because of the Covid-19 pandemic. Crisis learning took over, with varying degrees of success.
  • Districts are anticipating Covid-19 may force them to rely on remote learning either partially or fully at some point during the year, and they’re under pressure from parents and the state Education Department to provide better than what was offered in the spring.
  • In the spring, some schools had success with conducting classes over Zoom, while others sent packets of work home. Some teachers checked in with students frequently, others less often.
  • Learning fatigue set in, as some students turned in assignments in the middle of the night, while others just stopped logging on. The lack of access to technology and the internet for some students was an eye-opener.

This Week From The Rave Team 

Read some of the stories our writers were most excited to share with you this week. To access all of our stories, check out our blog

Coronavirus Cases Are Surging: How to Protect the Public


Unfortunately, across the United States coronavirus cases and deaths are surging, with 39 states recording increased numbers with worsening hotspots in the South and West fueling new daily records according to US News. Florida saw a record-breaking 15,000 cases in one day with its largest cities reporting single-day records. Florida was not alone, as California, Mississippi, Texas, and Arizona also broke records for average daily COVID-19 fatalities. As of this writing, the U.S. has surpassed 3.8 million cases with over 141,000 deaths, according to Johns Hopkins University.


Key Takeaways & Trends From Our 'Back to Campus' Survey

As colleges and universities in the United States plan for the fall semester, three common strategies have emerged. First, an entirely remote semester, with all students, faculty, and staff continuing to work and learn virtually. Second, to bring students back to campus with mask requirements, half-empty classrooms, social distancing compliant residence halls, and a shortened semester. Finally, the most common strategy, will be to combine both in a hybrid learning model, with some students returning to the classroom and others continuing distance learning.


4 Nice Ways to Welcome Students Back to School Virtually or In-Person

K-12 schools across the country are going through tough decision making to determine where it's safe to reopen this fall amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Nearly all districts switched from in-person learning to virtual lessons in early March to help flatten the curve and prevent the spread of the virus. Although in some parts in the country cases are surging, in others cases have decreased, which means schools have to plan to welcome students back in the fall.


Rave In the News 

As part of Verizon’s continued commitment to invest in public safety and support first responders, the company has chosen five companies to take part in the fourth cohort of its 5G First Responder Lab. The companies, which includes Rave Mobile Safety, will work together to accelerate 5G development of solutions to common challenges along the EMS/patient journey from pre-incident and emergency response to treatment and recovery, all powered by Verizon’s 5G Ultra Wideband network.

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Mary Kate McGrath
Mary Kate McGrath

Mary Kate is a content specialist and social media manager for the Rave Mobile Safety team. She writes about public safety for the state & local and education spheres.

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