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What You Need To Know About TNC vs. Student Transportation Management

June 30, 2021 / by ALC Schools posted in K-12 Education, Fleet, Parks & Recreation

Alternative student transportation can be complex. Here's what you need to know to empower your organization's transportation needs. ALC Schools clarifies some confusion about two student transportation models for those who fall outside the general population: student transportation management and TNC (transportation network company). 

While both models allow for flexibility, scalability, and cost cutting, there are other, less obvious, things you should know when deciding which model is best for your district. A key differentiating factor between the student transportation management and TNC models is the safety standard each is subject to when transporting students.
 
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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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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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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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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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