Positive Take-Aways from the Pandemic
Brenda Hamm | March 14, 2023
I remember the 2016 election as a middle school division director at the time. Emotions had been running high in the leadup to what many were imagining would be an historical moment, anticipating the first woman was about to be elected as President of the United States. Our administrative team discussed how we would support the kids who supported then candidate Trump who, because of available polling information, we assumed would lose the election. The next morning we were faced with the challenge of our plan being completely upended. President Trump’s victory meant a significant majority of faculty and a small majority of kids were not just disappointed at the outcome, they were devastated by it. Meanwhile, the Trump supporters among the students felt vindicated and empowered to vocalize their unfiltered joy. What 24 hours earlier seemed like a solid path through the day quickly became a scramble that included everything from an impromptu community assembly about democracy and civil discourse to therapy dogs in the common room. It was a huge pivot and we were off to the races.
1) What aspects of your mission, organization, and personnel did you most rely on to get the job done during the pandemic? Would you rely on them just the same in the future or do they need tweaking?
5) Has Covid added additional dimensions to your risk management processes? Regardless of how unlikely they are, how do you plan for the “what ifs?”
8) Has your school debriefed its Covid response particularly as it affected marginalized groups in your community?
9) Strategic planning. Is a 5 year view useful anymore or should you be thinking more short term by assessing goals and directions in an ongoing way?
What are we missing? What do you think?
There are so many possible questions to consider, many that you and your teams may have already asked and answered that aren’t listed here. To that end, if you have a question you are considering that was not part of your thinking pre-pandemic please share it with us by emailing here. We’d love to hear from you!
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