Being a high school principal means showing initiative, discipline, and patience as a leader. It’s about setting a high standard and making sure everyone in the school understands what’s happening.
With the coronavirus scare, it’s become important to build a comprehensive strategy both for now and the long-term.
Here are some of the most important tips to keep in mind while managing the coronavirus scare.
1) Maintain Contact with Municipal and State Agencies
The most important step is to open a line of communication with the school district, municipal, and state agencies in your region. The goal is to understand what’s expected at a local and state level well in advance of any drastic measures. This will allow you to respond well and make sure everyone is safe inside the school moving forward.
Maintaining an open line of communication also means keeping the school district updated about potential cases at school. The goal is to prevent cases but there are situations when the coronavirus may already be a concern. As a result, it’s important to keep tabs on these details and make sure everyone responsible for making school-related decisions is aware. This includes all leadership positions within the high school too.
In addition to speaking to local authorities, please take the time to reach out to the parents as well. Parents will want up-to-date information regarding built-in precautions and other relevant information from the school. It’s best to send out these letters as soon as possible to make sure you’re on top of the situation.
2) Educate the Students and Teachers
It’s important to educate the students and teachers at your high school. Everyone needs to be on the same page. This includes speaking directly to each class, setting up a meeting with the teachers, and ensuring everyone recognizes the concerns that are in place. This also includes letting everyone know about proactive measures taken to protect students and teachers at the school.
3) Delay or Cancel Large-Mass Gatherings in the School
Assemblies, sporting events, and dances will have to be canceled.
These events will not work well due to the coronavirus scare and may increase the spread. It’s recommended to cancel these events until further notice.
Each high school has a calendar of events and it’s best to go through all of them and let everyone know about what’s happening. It’s best to get out in front of this concern rather than canceling at the last minute.
4) Delay or Cancel Extra-Curricular Activities
Extra-curricular activities should be canceled as it increases the chances of health-related issues. It’s best to minimize the amount of time spent inside the school, which increases significantly when it comes to extra-curricular activities. It’s recommended to delay these activities until further notice and/or cancel them outright. Remember, if the coronavirus begins to spread, the chances of faster spreading will increase due to these activities.
These tips will go a long way in strengthening your resolve, educating the student body, and making sure everyone is on the same page. This is one of the most important requirements when it comes to keeping everyone safe.