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What We're Talking About This Week - June 26th

Campus Safety Magazine compiled 5 strategies to help ensure school safety when campuses reopen in the fall. Before breaking ground on new school construction, administrators should plan to integrate tech into new school buildings. Using lessons from Chelsea, MA as an example, cities can use housing data to predict COVID-19 hotspots. Around the country, public health officials are quitting during a pandemic after receiving death threats or protests outside their homes. The Virginia Information Technologies Agency announced that Fairfax County, Virginia is ready for next-generation 911

Key Points: 

  • A new digital system, completed earlier this month, will eventually allow the more than 1 million residents of Fairfax County, which sits just outside Washington, D.C., to share multimedia like photos and videos with 911 call centers, as well as have their precise location data more easily shared when their calls are routed between call centers
  • “Over-the-top” networks, like Smart911 and RapidSOS, are subscription-based applications that some call centers run on traditional desktop computers in parallel to their traditional, analog 911 systems.
  • Officials said the new technology could also shave as much as 20 seconds off the time it takes to pin a caller’s location, an efficiency that could translate into lives saved during emergencies.
  • Spears-Dean said the Fairfax County project taught state officials lessons about procurement and collaboration between state and local government that will prove useful over the next three years.

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

What to do if an Employee Tests Positive for Coronavirus

As businesses across the United States begin to move through reopening phases, there are still concerns about COVID-19 and the quick spread and easy transmission of the virus. Leaders are finding their footing and creating comprehensive back-to-work plans, as well as juggling the remote workforce, getting the office ready, and situating teams. Workplace decision makers are bound to face several obstacles, including when an employee is tested positive for the coronavirus. Unfortunately, this is still a very likely circumstance for many workplaces across the country.


How Governors are Collaborating on Reopening Economies

Three groups of states - one on either side of the country and one in the middle - have formed alliances to coordinate the easing of COVID-19 restrictions and collaborate on reopening economies. The logic behind the alliances - according to Rhode Island Governor Gina Raimondo - is “this virus does not recognize borders”.

One of the concerns about reopening economies is that people will start to travel. They will travel to work, travel to the store, travel to the gym, and practically everywhere they used to go before the COVID-19 pandemic started. Some may only need to travel short distances, while others might need to travel further - potentially taking them into locations in which the pandemic is not yet under control.


How Colleges and Universities Are Communicating With Incoming Students

How Colleges and Universities Are Communicating With Incoming StudentsAcross the United States, colleges and universities are making difficult decisions about the Fall semester. Many colleges plan to bring students back to campus, putting in place mask requirements and requiring half-empty classrooms, as well as allowing students to live in social-distancing compliant “pods” to minimize socializing. Most of the schools reopening will shorten the semester in an attempt to avoid a second wave of coronavirus infections expected in late Fall, planning to send students home before Thanksgiving break. Even so, schools must have a remote learning contingency plan, meaning campus safety teams should be prepared to connect with the incoming class of freshman and transfer students virtually.


Rave In The News

The University of Iowa has implemented the Rave Guardian app, allowing students and faculty to gain access to a variety of virtual safety tools that can help individuals travel across campus safely. When students sign up with their UI or UI Health Care email address, the mobile app allows them to set a virtual safety escort, anonymously text a concern to police, or call the UI Department of Public Safety with the touch of a panic button. 

Read the whole story here. 

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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