As I travel from school to school across the state of Indiana, there comes a time in our conversation that I will generally ask the Superintendent or Business Manager a simple question.
What keeps you up at night?
What is it that could happen that would be a stain or a black eye on your school and community? What could happen that would follow you the rest of your career?
Sometimes I get blank stares, sometimes they try to change the subject, but most of the time I will at least make them think about what could happen that would have a lasting effect on a school, community, and career. When that thing happens and I as a school leader must stand up and answer questions, can I in good conscience say that I used every resource I knew to protect the health and safety of the students. OR will there be place in the back of my mind that says, “I could have done more”.
When you live “Left of Bang” there is no room to go through the day with your head in the sand. Schools must take an objective look at how they are currently handling situations. It may be uncomfortable to discuss things that have been overlooked for years, but it is never too late to start looking at Prevention vs Reaction.
Insurance is not a dirty word, it is meant to protect all stakeholders. Let’s change the narrative and have a deeper conversation.