Safe Board Meetings – Organizing Effective Online Board Meetings

As schools get ready to resume in-person meetings, it’s essential for districts to come up with safety strategies that will ensure the safety of the attendees and the effectiveness of the meeting. The ideal scenario is an angry parent lashing out at school administrators or community members interrupting the board’s meeting with a protest. This article shares how you can develop security plans that protect board members, school staff and students as well.

The process of organizing a board of directors meeting can be a long process. You must collect and compile the input of all board members. Choose a date and a time that is convenient for everyone, reserve an area, and develop an agenda that is designed to maximize efficiency and productivity. Thanks to digital tools, it’s never been simpler to plan safe and effective online meetings.

Boardable’s boardroom online makes it easy to share documents, presentations and records with a click of a button. Participants can read and make comments on these documents, even without internet access, and changes will be automatically synchronized when participants return to the boardroom in digital format.

Keep your meetings focused on the agenda items by clearly defining their goal. This will help keep your board members focused and beware of the temptation to bring up random topics that may eat up time during meetings. For instance, instead of pushing discussions about field trip approvals or textbook purchases, move those topics to the «parking lot» portion of the agenda to ensure they’re out of the way prior to moving on to more pressing discussion topics.

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