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New Data from Rave Mobile Safety Shows Schools’ Top Safety Concerns About Returning to the Classroom

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FRAMINGHAM, Mass.--()--Rave Mobile Safety (Rave), the critical communication and collaboration platform customers count on when it matters most, today announced a new survey report that reveals the top safety concerns that school administrators, teachers and staff have about returning to the classroom, as well as the steps they are taking to create a safe environment. Chief among those concerns are the mental and physical health of both teachers and students and enforcing social distancing practices. The report also addresses what learning will look like once everyone does return to classrooms and managing a hybrid learning environment.

“This year, ‘school safety’ has taken on an entirely new level of meaning, from meeting CDC standards to caring for the mental health of those in the building”

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Key findings of the report include:

  • Social distancing and mental/physical health of school staff are the top health and safety concerns for the new year as the coronavirus evolves. Social distancing is a top concern for those returning to school (77%), followed closely by teacher/staff physical health (70%) and mental health (69%), as well as student mental health (69%) and physical health (67%). To address these concerns, schools will be putting up signage promoting social distancing (74%) and issuing daily temperature checks (69%) and wellness checks (57%).

  • State and local governments will be the major influencers about when schools reopen and teachers and students return to the classroom — and many are starting early. While parent preference (43%) and a belief in the importance of in-person learning (50%) are factors in the decision whether to return to the classroom or not, most school leaders report that state (81%) and local (57%) governments are major influencers in that decision. Additionally, 44% report that their school districts are going back before September, compared to 6% considering a December or later return to in-person learning.

  • Hybrid learning is the most likely class model for students and teachers this year, meaning that schools also need to overcome distance learning challenges. As circumstances force schools to consider alternate learning models, a hybrid approach of in-person and remote learning is the most popular solution (75%). For that model to be successful, schools need to consider the challenges that emerged from classes held remotely this spring, chief among them being students lacking internet access and low student and parent engagement.

“This year, ‘school safety’ has taken on an entirely new level of meaning, from meeting CDC standards to caring for the mental health of those in the building,” said Todd Miller, Chief Operating Officer, Rave Mobile Safety. “Clear communication about safety standards and compliance with everyone involved in that effort, from teachers and administrators to parents and students, has never been more critical. We are proud to support schools in these efforts through tools that enable daily wellness checks and frequent communication with all stakeholders, which help promote health and safety and create a sense of consistency during a disruptive, stressful time.”

See the full survey report here: K-12 Back-to-School Safety Concerns Report

More than 10,000 K-12 schools nationwide rely on Rave’s critical communication and collaboration platform to prepare better, respond faster and communicate more effectively during emergencies. To learn more about the role Rave plays in school safety, please visit https://www.ravemobilesafety.com/k12-school-safety-solutions.

Survey Methodology

Rave surveyed more than 270 respondents who identified as K-12 school administrators, school resource/safety officers, superintendents and teachers, as well as staff who work in communications technology and facilities and operations in June and July 2020. Respondents worked in school environments ranging from under 500 students to more than 10,000 students in public, private and charter schools in rural, suburban and city settings.

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