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Course Time: 75 Minutes
This course will examine the operational and legal considerations that Houses of Worship should take into account before reopening. Policies and procedures will be examined. This course will include a review of the COVID-19 coronavirus, worship service alterations including, collections, choirs, and communion, communicating with the congregation, and safety precautions for a safe worship service. The course will also examine sources of potential legal liability.
Learning Goals and Objectives:
- Describe how the coronavirus is transmitted.
- Identify at least two practices that you can implement today to minimize the risk of spreading the coronavirus.
- Describe ways that you can modify your worship service to reduce the likelihood of coronavirus transmission.
- Identify at least two changes you should make before reopening your House of Worship.
- Discuss ways to maintain social distancing during a worship service.
- Describe the importance of communication with the congregation.
- Identify at least two legal issues that need consideration before reopening.
Ronald serves as the senior safety advisor for the Institute for Childhood Preparedness. Previously, Ron has served as a subject matter emergency preparedness expert for Child Care Aware® of America, supporting their Emergency Preparedness Team. Ronald has over 20 years of distinguished service as a law enforcement professional, including experience as a patrol officer, tactical unit supervisor, watch commander, detective and community outreach officer. Ronald has a long history of conducting community outreach and training and was one of the first community educators for the Drug Abuse Resistance Education (DARE) Program. He has received specialized instructor training from the Los Angeles Police Department, is a graduate of Marquette University, and is certified as an active shooter instructor from the ALICE Training Institute, which specializes in active shooter trainings for civilians.
Ronald’s experience also includes conducting corporate investigations, including fraud detection and prevention and private security for Fortune 500 companies. In recognition for his outstanding service, Ronald has been awarded Law Enforcement Officer of the Year.