As children, we learn about rules to guide actions towards desired results. As we grow into adulthood, we recognize the rules and subsequently follow them. This concept plays a big part in schools for students, the staff and administration alike. For the administrators who are responsible for adherence and compliance, Government Regulations are the rule masters.
Jared Pope, CEO with Work Shield joins FBS to discuss recent changes to Title VII and Title IX. Listen Now as Jared provides a summary on what schools should do to remain compliant, provide tools to ease the burden on administrators and provide support for staff and students.
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Here are some highlights from the podcast:
Jared details the current environment surrounding reports of harassment and assault in schools. (4:44) “The number one reason why people don’t report issues inside of a school is fear.” Employees fear retaliation if their voice concerns or report incidents, so frequency of reports doesn’t match reality. “The reality is this: twenty-five percent of female teachers, women educators, say they have personally experienced sexual harassment or assault on the job, and this is a profession that is predominately made up of women.” Shocking stats aren’t exclusive to female teachers, as Jared explains that “almost half of boys and half of girls grades 7-12 have said they have experienced some form of sexual harassment.” This is coupled with an equally disheartening revelation that “forty percent of teachers and school administrators have witnessed this…[and] sixty percent of teachers and staff that have seen an issue have not reported it.”
What rules must schools now follow when issues are reported? (7:47) “Under the new rules [a] student, [a] teacher, even [a] parent, has to be able to report the issue not to the school itself, but has to be able to report it to where it’s going to be investigated. Their voice is going to be heard and they’re going to make sure there is a resolution that’s going to [be put] in place.” Even further, schools must have a “clear and concise reporting avenue” and that “the person that is investigating it is a third party.” All this must be done with proper documentation.
How can Work Shield assist schools in complying with these new regulations? (10:48) “When Work Shield partners with a school system or school, they have this clear and concise reporting tool that’s out there. We have a 24/7/365 call center that is Spanish and English that can take in issues, but more importantly, we have what we call Work Shield Certified Investigators…[who are] really good at allowing [a] voice to be heard and asking the right questions.” He goes on to describe services as “safe, simple and specifically trained to find out the facts and do it in a very prompt and reasonable manner.”
Listen to the podcast to learn more about these new regulations and how Work Shield can help your district stay compliant.