Being a school administrator is one of the most challenging jobs there is. It’s not because it’s the hardest as many would think of hard, but because there are 1000 little pieces that must be done and in order so that the machine of a business runs successfully.
Make no mistake about it schools are business, and it doesn’t matter if they’re preschool or a university (USC pictured), they are a lot of work and even more responsibility. Not only do you have to make sure that the teachers are doing their jobs and teaching, but you have to make sure that you have all of the staff you need at the correct position, but you also need to make sure that the students are safe.
The Younger The Child, The Bigger The Challenge!
The younger the child, the bigger the challenge of administration can be. The why of this question is pretty clear: a small child has no ability to keep his or her self safe. That responsibility falls squarely on the should of the adults in that child’s life. This is especially clear when the child is at school being dropped off and picked up.
This time is arguably the most busy time of the school day. Children coming to and leaving school can easily be ran over, or giving to a parent that no longer has custody of that child and is prohibited by law to have them. So What can be done to make this transition easier and safer for all the children evolved? It’s a program called QManager.
Student attendance, location, arrival and departure made easy. With a glance you can see what children are where. You can see who is present and who is gone. That alone will save a wealth of time an energy. I know several teachers, and this is one of their greatest complaints: having to file paperwork about attendance and each of their students. With QManager you will find that your reports have been reduced to a click (or two) of a button. You will be happier and so will your teachers.
Everyone has a cell phone now, so downloading an app. to sign a student in and check them out, is easy. What this does for the teachers and staff is to decrease the ‘hoping’ the student is picked-up and authorized to leave the premises, to a knowing and proof that authorization was given.
When The Unthinkable Happens!
When the unthinkable happens, can be any number of things. I’ve included a picture of an earthquake that clearly totaled the school and a school shooting video. Both of these things can devastate a school, let alone the parent that needs to be assured that their child is safe.
This is just one more way that QManager can help you as an administrator. If you can find out where the child is with a click of a button, you’re going to be able to tell the parent (and police) if the child is in the hot zone, or if they’re safe in their classroom. You will be able to facility the polices need to know where children are, who is at risk and how many may be in danger.
No one ever likes to think about these type of things happening, but as an administrator, it is your obligation to make sure that you have everything in the best functional order as you possible can have. It’s not about money, it’s about your responsibility to keeping those children safe that have been placed in your care for 3-9 hours a day. You owe it to yourself, your staff, the parents and most importantly to the children!