Why Is Risk Management Important in Schools?

Fifty years, ago a school was one of the safest places a child could be. In modern times, however, there are many reasons that risk management in schools is now a top priority. Here are just a few of the dangers that students face.

COVID-19

With schools reopening to in-person learning, students have concerns about catching the coronavirus. To reduce the risk of infection and potential lawsuits, school administrators must ensure that teachers and custodial staff follow CDC guidelines for cleaning.

School Shootings

Since 2009, the U.S. has led the world in the number of school shootings. What was once considered unthinkable is now an everyday risk that administrators must manage. To do so, many schools have implemented some of the following changes:

  • Hiring on-campus security guards
  • Improving physical barriers to entry
  • Training students and teachers

Bullying

Teen suicides have risen dramatically over the past decade, and many cases are due to bullying. The way children treat each other is yet another factor that school districts must deal with to prevent these tragedies from occurring.

With so many risks, it is important for schools to have in place not just policies and procedures, but also insurance coverage. By planning ahead, administrators and officials can make schools the safest places possible.