Some Key Questions for Risk Management Decision-Making
The GEBG is a member-based, non-profit organization that uses member-school data to share model practices in the field of global education. The following is intended not as an exhaustive list of questions; rather, these are trending questions that member schools have shared that they are considering while making their own decisions.
- Leverage Internal Expertise: Are you making use of a diverse and experienced set of viewpoints within the team that is discussing? For example, can you hear from voices of internal expertise in overnight travel risk management, international-student support, financial oversight, global-program management, legal counsel, medical advisory, and other key areas?
- Utilize External Expertise: Are you regularly monitoring and considering external advisory sources to inform your internal decision-making in a rapidly changing context?
- Consider Standard of Care: To what extent are you leveraging your peer-school networks to evaluate any standard of care across schools?
- Weigh All Related Risks: Have you considered institutional, financial, and contractual risks alongside risks to mission fulfillment, curriculum, and community? How are you communicating with all relevant stakeholders?
- If cancelling a travel program, have you developed mitigation strategies and communications to support students and families and to ensure appropriate dialogue within your community?
- If proceeding with a travel program, have you ensured that families of travelers and faculty leaders have been updated with current risk information and understand your risk-mitigation strategies? Have you considered how to document this updated informed consent in a rapidly changing landscape?
- Maintain a Standard of Practice: Are you following your schoolwide risk-management and crisis-response protocols? Are you communicating and documenting often and throughout?
- Commit to Iteration: How frequently are you revisiting all of the above questions, and have you identified key thresholds and deadlines?
Key Resources Used by GEBG Member Schools
- GEBG Live Data Sharing Spreadsheets on School Travel Program Decision Making – access is for GEBG member schools only
- John Hopkins University Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) COVID-19 Global Cases Map (JHU) offers a clear visual dashboard for disease outbreak and continuous tracking of new cases.
- Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Coronavirus Disease 2019 (COVID-19) Situation Summary–includes threat level explanation and designation by country. CDC Statement Guidance for Student Foreign Travel for Institute of Higher Education from March 1, 2020.
- World Health Organization (WHO) Rolling updates on the Coronavirus and Updated WHO recommendations for international traffic in relation to COVID-19 outbreak
- U.S. State Department – Travel Advisories and the Overseas Security Advisory Council (OAC)
- The Forum on Education Abroad Resources on Coronavirus & Impacts on Travel and Joint Statement with Pulse: Higher Education International Health and Safety Professionals from March 2, 2020.
- International SOS Pandemic Preparedness COVID-19 includes a list of travel restrictions, flight operations and screening, case summaries and webinars.
- NAFSA: Association of International Educators Coronavirus Critical Resources and Questions for Guiding a Holistic Response
- NAIS: Understanding Coronavirus: What Schools Need to Know resource guide provides numerous resources including links to the Independent School Coronavirus Response Webinar Recording, from NAIS, TABS, EMA, NBOA, and SAIS and video recording of the special coronavirus (COVID-19) session held at the NAIS Annual Conference on Wednesday, February 26.
- Education Week: Map: Coronavirus and School Closures illustrates where school closures are taking place with data taken from local news reporting; National Center for Education Statistics; school/district websites.