The injury reporting process in schools can often times be slow and inefficient. This has very little to do with the amount of care applied to the injured party, but rather with what protocols are in place to mitigate the risks of injury. The biggest issue lies in inadequate communication between staff members, a gap that new technologies are able to bridge with much success.
The Information is There
To improve student health and wellness, it is important to collect and examine the data amassed from past injuries. Once the data is centralized into a single database, the next step is to develop a strategy that would minimize, if not eradicate, a number of injury risks.
Collecting data should extend beyond simply filling out forms and should include factors such as the location in which the injury took place, injury recurrence, age of injured student, etc. There is various software that facilitates data centralization and ease of access in a manner that allows school districts to effectively predict and curtail risks.
Encouraging open communication between school personnel is key to boosting safety within the school environment. Garnering a consensus on what constitutes an injury and then relaying those parameters to the staff and faculty is essential.
In addition to inadequate communication, the biggest risk facing schools is unfamiliarity with the legal framework in which they operate. All staff and faculty members need to have an understanding of the laws that are in place regarding the treatment of incurred injuries.
It is necessary for every school environment to establish safety protocols. The stakes are too high for safety to be neglected. Improving the wellness of children is a matter requiring careful strategic planning.