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Improving School Zone Safety: 9 Cost-Effective Solutions

June 11, 2021 / by Traffic and Parking Control Co., Inc. (TAPCO) posted in Pedestrian Safety, Traffic Control

The importance of school zone safety cannot be overstated. With so many lives at stake, school officials and transportation professionals have a responsibility to protect students – as well as teachers, staff and parents – in school zones using the best methods available.

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3 Ways To Protect Against Ransomware

June 9, 2021 / by Ricoh posted in K-12 Education, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government, Higher Education, Information Technology

Cyberattacks targeting public agencies and school communities are an increasing threat each year. In 2020 alone there were nearly 1,700 reported cyber threat events spanning all 50 states in the Education field. Although a wide range of attack methods are used, the most common are breaches, hacks and phishing attacks resulting in personal data disclosure, ransomware attacks, and denial-of-service attacks. Below are three key defensive checkpoints to help protect your organization against malicious ransomware.

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Cooperative Buys Help to Keep Pandemic Supplies Flowing in Miami

June 7, 2021 / by Amazon Business posted in Procurement, Business Products & Solutions, Local & State Government

When the COVID-19 pandemic started, Miami’s city procurement team was working long hours purchasing personal protective equipment (PPE), testing labs, testing kits, supplies, services and everything else needed for city testing sites, and any other items needed to address the pandemic crisis.

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Where You Should be Placing Hygiene Products in Schools

June 1, 2021 / by GOJO posted in K-12 Education, Janitorial & Sanitation

Having a ready stock of hand soap, hand sanitizer, surface disinfectants, and body fluid spill kits can be a challenge, but so can knowing where to place these products throughout a school. Research shows that placing products in the right place increases use and decreases germs found in a facility. Participants of OMNIA Partners have the opportunity to utilize cooperative contracts to save time and money on various sanitation products like these listed above. Below you’ll find guidance from GOJO on where to place products throughout your school and what makes each of these solutions important.

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4 Macro Shifts In The Learning Experience

May 28, 2021 / by Steelcase posted in Furniture, K-12 Education, Higher Education

Even before the pandemic, education was undergoing a transformation that will go on long after the virus threat subsides. The experiences students, educators and administrators have had during the pandemic has to have accelerated and amplified trends in education that were already in motion. 

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Going From “Better to Best”: A Road Map for Diversity & Inclusion

May 26, 2021 / by ADP posted in Human Resources, Staffing and Workforce Solutions, Nonprofit Organizations, Local & State Government

The best organizations embody an inclusive culture that extends beyond the D&I function. Their leaders drive performance and innovation by demonstrating to their employees and to the world that people belong and are integral to the organization's purpose.

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Using UV-C Disinfection to Protect Employees Returning to Work

May 14, 2021 / by OFS posted in Furniture, Local & State Government, Higher Education

As more and more people return to the office, it’s increasingly crucial to ensure that your organization has safe disinfection practices in place. When it comes to protecting desk spaces, organizations are turning to products such as disinfection task lights to effectively eliminate germs and bacteria. Our supplier partners, such as OFS, provide these solutions through their cooperative contracts with OMNIA Partners, Public Sector.

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How is Your School Handling Bus Driver Shortages?

May 13, 2021 / by ALC Schools posted in K-12 Education, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

As schools move from virtual learning or hybrid to in-person learning, many are facing challenges of driver shortages. Many schools are challenged with keeping students and staff safe, sanitization and new protocols and less drivers. In the past few weeks, you've also most likely been in contact with your bus drivers about coming back to work – having many who've agreed to do so. However, when it's time to resume routes, some may come to find out that they actually feel more uncomfortable about their return than they originally thought. 

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Keeping Agencies and Clients Connected During COVID-19 Through Smartphone Technology

May 7, 2021 / by BI Incorporated posted in Public Safety & Emergency Preparedness, Local & State Government

Social-distancing protocols and stay-at-home orders have impacted the way the world functions. Internet services have seen rises in usage from 40% to 100% and video-conferencing services have seen a ten times increase in usage since the onset of COVID-19, demonstrating just how important it is for companies to stay at the forefront of new innovative technology.

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How a One Time Shred Could Benefit Your Business

April 29, 2021 / by Shred-it posted in Business Products & Solutions

Trying to keep a workspace organized can be a challenge, and many people don’t realize that as documents and files start to add up, so does the risk of fraud or a data breach. Leaving sensitive documents or electronic devices out in the open could leave them susceptible to the risk of a data breach. 

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