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Vaccine Verification of K-12 Employees

Published on May 10, 2022
 

California’s mandate of COVID vaccination for both students and staff, imposes a responsibility on your district to verify compliance with the requirement. Anyone working on your campus must provide their COVID vaccination status following the California Department of Public Health order issued August 11, 2021:

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Topics: property & casualty

Unhoused in the Community

Published on April 25, 2022
 

The crisis of the unhoused is no longer a hidden issue. We have seen an unprecedented proliferation of transient encampments with related trespassing, property damage, illicit and hazardous waste exposures. Law enforcement agencies are reporting increases in both violent and non-violent crimes attributable to the unhoused population.

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Topics: property & casualty

Winter Water Warning

Published on March 2, 2022
 

Winter storms and low temperatures have the potential to create significant damage and financial loss to your facilities. Water and freezing damages are the second most frequently filed insurance claims in the U.S., accounting for an average of $13 billion in losses annually. While the average cost for a water damage claim is about $10,000, in public school buildings individual claims costs soar.

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Fire Adapted Communities

Published on December 21, 2021
 

In thousands of communities throughout California and widespread areas of the nation, wildfires pose a serious risk to life and property. The danger is especially acute at the wildland urban interface (WUI) – where vegetative fuels and the built environment meet. As large cities and small towns grew, there was a lot of new construction in areas bordering wildlands. Tens of thousands of homes, school buildings, public facilities and businesses have been consumed by wildfire in just the last decade.

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Topics: property & casualty

Video Surveillance: What’s Acceptable?

Published on November 15, 2021
 

In the twenty years since the September 11 attacks on the U.S., the proliferation of surveillance cameras is obvious. Such devices perform 24/7 watch over buildings, public areas and even our homes’ surroundings. When a criminal, accidental or otherwise suspicious incident occurs, law enforcement often seeks the video evidence collected by these numerous cameras to investigate what happened and apprehend those responsible. From a risk management standpoint, surveillance cameras have been useful in solving crimes, substantiating liability, and in deterring nefarious behavior.

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Topics: property & casualty

Back to School Anxieties for Students

Published on October 5, 2021
 

For the most part, kids are excited to be returning to school in person, to see their friends and teachers and participate in more “normal” activities again. But many students will also face some anxiety as they come back to campus in the midst of the coronavirus pandemic. It will not be a complete return to the way things were in the past and there will be significant rules and restrictions. You may anticipate both you and your students will encounter some challenges.

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Topics: property & casualty

Ransomware Defense and Resilience

Published on September 22, 2021
 

In a recent Keenan Blog, we presented information on a ransomware attack that targeted school districts and other public agencies. The IT vendor serving nearly 50,000 customers quickly detected the scheme and only about 50 organizations were actually breached. But vulnerabilities to small businesses and local agencies became apparent. This Trending Topics focuses on the steps schools can take to prevent their data and systems from being compromised and the best practices for recovering from a breach by cyber criminals.

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21st Century Classroom Best Practices

Published on June 29, 2021
 

The trend toward more collaborative learning environments is incorporating various concepts into school classrooms to facilitate greater creativity and flexibility. You may be exploring approaches including student seating with more mobility, portable storage and partitioning, relaxed and informal seating areas. The 21st-century classroom shows potential for educational benefits, but you want to pay careful attention to safety considerations and risk management before implementing these measures.

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Planning Next Year’s Live Events

Published on June 14, 2021
 

As you wrap up what may be the most unusual school year you have ever gone through, we’re sure you’re hoping this fall will be more normal. Maybe you were able to hold some of your end-of-the-year events, such as commencement, in person but with modifications to keep everyone safe. No one knows for sure how the situation will change over the summer, but with high COVID-19 vaccination rates, live events on campus may again resume.

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Topics: property & casualty

Mental Health and the New Normal

Published on May 28, 2021
 

Returning to the classroom after the pandemic is another major change both your staff and students will be experiencing through these uncertain times. As they prepare for a new normal, teachers will encounter parents with trepidation about letting their kids return to campus and juggling new schedules. Meanwhile, they will deal with their own family adjustments and fears. For some, the pandemic impacted their lives inalterably after loved ones have been seriously ill or passed away. The “new normal” for those individuals will be completely different.

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Topics: property & casualty

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