Industry Insights

Preparing to Open: Do you Have Everything on the Janitorial Products Checklist?

April 13, 2021 / by Network Services Company posted in K-12 Education, Janitorial & Sanitation

As many schools reimagine their operations beyond COVID-19, they will need to address a new set of concerns and needs. Students, teachers, staff and parents have returned with a heightened sensitivity to cleanliness, hygiene and sanitation. This “new normal” raises expectations that could determine the success and reputation for facilities moving forward.

To help you respond to these new expectations, NETWORK® has compiled information and potential solutions to help navigate these new challenges. Download the Reopening Checklist for Janitorial Supplies to identify materials to use when cleaning and disinfecting various areas within your facility.  

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Addressing Health Risks: The ABCs of Optimizing Air Quality

March 26, 2021 / by Trane posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, K-12 Education

As students, teachers and staff return for in-person learning, your school's HVAC system can help address health risks by optimizing indoor air quality. The same is true for all public sector buildings as they begin to open the doors to the public. While there is heavy focus on the importance of masking and surface cleaning, even more important is addressing your indoor air quality (IAQ) to meet appropriate and ever-evolving guidelines.

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How Cooperative Purchasing Offers a Key Advantage for Schools

March 10, 2021 / by School Specialty posted in Procurement, K-12 Education

Developing and posting a Request for Proposals (RFP) and then poring over multiple bids before choosing a service provider and signing a contract can help schools find value in purchasing, but it’s an onerous and time-consuming process. When buyers need essential supplies right away, they don’t have the luxury of waiting. 

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Digital Solutions For School Safety & The Digital Divide

March 8, 2021 / by Graybar posted in K-12 Education, Information Technology

The Current Pitfalls of School Safety 

Efficient and effective school safety policies are critical to ensure that every student is kept safe and informed, should an emergency occur. It is reported that 51% of 911 calls take place on a cell phone inside a building1, yet 65% of emergency responders communicating inside a building experience regular communication failure2. This alarming fact further emphasizes the importance of having strong network service inside school buildings, allowing emergency responders to arrive at the correct location as quickly as possible.

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How to Meet the Transportation Needs of Students in the 20/21 School Year

January 20, 2021 / by ALC Schools posted in K-12 Education, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

Many children are getting left behind amid this unpredictable 2020-2021 school year, and for students with special transportation needs, alternative student transportation is playing a critical role. For McKinney-Vento and special needs students, regular buses either do not visit these students’ neighborhoods on their regular routes or do not have the necessary equipment and tools to get them to school safely. For children who attend school in a different district than they live in, transportation is supposed to be provided through the efforts of both districts. However, when the schools in the separate districts start at the same time, this coordination can become difficult and often impossible.

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Navigating Through COVID - Thought Leadership Articles for Educational Institutions

November 16, 2020 / by School Specialty posted in Furniture, K-12 Education, Higher Education

The COVID pandemic has presented all of us with unprecedented challenges. Continuing to serve the critical needs of schools and students has called for innovative solutions and new ways of thinking.

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Protecting Student Privacy with Educational Technology

August 6, 2020 / by CDW-G posted in K-12 Education, Information Technology

Schools can’t adopt new solutions if they can’t keep children’s data safe.

Before joining CDW, I served as the director of curriculum and innovation for a large school district in Texas. In that role, I witnessed the creativity and dedication of teachers firsthand. I often traveled with those educators to conferences where we learned together about exciting new technologies that could transform the classroom experience. 

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How an Onsite Program Helped this School Board

August 12, 2019 / by Fastenal posted in Facilities & Infrastructure, K-12 Education

Every day, the School Board of Sarasota County (SBSC) facilities maintenance department faces a twofold mission: maintain a safe, productive environment for teachers and students across the county; and do the job as efficiently and effectively as possible, keeping finite resources focused on the #1 priority – students learning. With more than 50 educational sites and five maintenance facilities spread out over multiple geographic zones, this is no small feat.

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Athletic Equipment That Rises Above the Competition

February 14, 2019 / by OMNIA Partners posted in K-12 Education, Local & State Government

In a time where fitness, sports, and promoting the physical well-being of our communities is at the forefront, educational and governmental segments are leading the way. These entities are updating and renovating their athletics endeavors by incorporating sustainability and safety, as well as bringing modern technologies more into focus. And when it comes to knowing the latest athletics trends to help guide these efforts, OMNIA Partners and our robust portfolio of world-class suppliers are in a league of our own.

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Are Your School Supplies and Technologies Getting Straight A’s?

February 14, 2019 / by OMNIA Partners posted in K-12 Education, Higher Education

K-12 schools, colleges and universities are surrounded by technology that would have been unthinkable even a decade ago. Interactive tools have transformed online and blended learning from passive experiences to active, engaging environments that allow students to work together on projects tailored to their specific needs and interests. Next-generation education emphasizes collaboration and interactivity, whether students are in the classroom, learning from outside experts or working on their own time. But this new learning environment will only be as effective as the supplies and tools educators have at their fingertips. And no one knows this better and can deliver upon these modern education needs than OMNIA Partners and our robust portfolio of world-class suppliers.

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