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The ADA and Face Mask Policies

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed our world in many ways. People with disabilities, people with chronic health conditions such as heart disease, lung disease, and diabetes, and people over the age 60, are at a higher risk of becoming infected and most...

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6/22/20
Wild Plants and You in the Times of COVID19 and the Essential Journey to Sustainability

With the current global spotlight on wild animal markets as a possible source of the COVID-19 epidemic, it is easy to forget that the biggest flows of “wildlife” in trade involve plants, not animals. This report summarises what is known about the trade...

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6/19/20
Striving Towards an Equitable Future: Addressing Systemic Injustice as a Cultural Organization

Across the nation, we are mourning the deaths of George Floyd, Ahmaud Arbery & Breonna Taylor with sadness and distress. Recent events have illuminated the systemic injustice that remains entrenched in our country and its institutions. As...

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6/15/20
De-Escalation Tips in Light of Coronavirus Anxiety

Look for signs of anxiety in body language, tone and cadence. Understand that crisis behavior reflects a need and consider what it is the other person might want. 

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6/12/20
Seven Principles for Effective Verbal Intervention

Dealing with individuals who are belligerent, hostile, or noncompliant can be an everyday occurrence. Your effective response to this defensive behavior is often the key to avoiding
a physical confrontation with an out-of-control individual....

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6/12/20
Leading Accessible Virtual Programs

See some examples and resources for how to lead an accessible virtual program. 

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6/12/20
Arts & Exhibitions Town Hall: Challenges and Opportunities of Exhibits During COVID-19

This Town Hall covers the challenges and opportunities of exhibits in a COVID-19 world. Guest speaker is Dr. V. Ann Tippett, Executive Director of the Schiele Natural History Museum in Gastonia, NC. The Schiele mirrors much of the diversity of our...

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6/12/20
Racism, Unrest, and the Role of the Museum Field

On June 3, attendees of the AAM Virtual Annual Meeting & MuseumExpo came together to hear from Dr. Johnnetta B. Cole, Secretary Lonnie G. Bunch III, and Lori Fogarty on the museum field’s role in combating racism. In the heat of the country’s...

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6/10/20
Smithsonian Institution Framework for Reopening (as of May 27, 2020)

This general guidance applies to Smithsonian staff and volunteers. 

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6/10/20
Mt. Cuba Center’s COVID-19 Reopening Playbook for Employee Safety and Health

Mt. Cuba Center is intent on keeping our employees, guests, and business partners safe while at Mt. Cuba Center. To provide guidance as we navigate this new normal, we have developed a Reopening Playbook that lays out new safety and operation protocols...

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6/8/20
ACME-Calculating Capacity

Below are some tips and things to consider when determining the ideal capacity for your new timed-entry program.

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6/5/20
Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust Grant Opportunities

Tom Daniel, Grants Director for the Stanley Smith Horticultural Trust discusses the special funding opportunities available from the Trust in response to the COVID-19 crisis.

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6/4/20
COVID-19 INDUSTRY GUIDANCE: Outdoor Museums and Galleries

This document provides guidance for outdoor museums, open air galleries, botanical gardens, and other outdoor exhibition spaces to support a safe, clean environment for workers.

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5/27/20
Mapping and Databasing Plant Records Survey

This survey conducted in fall 2019 was part of a research project for a masters degree at Vancouver Island University, in Geographic Information Systems (GIS). The survey was administered by Jodi Healy in collaboration with the Alliance for Public...

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5/26/20
Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance

The objective of the Field Guide for Camps on Implementation of CDC Guidance is to provide educational materials for camp staff to reduce potential exposures to and spread of COVID-19. 

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5/21/20
CEO and Trustee Responsibilities

This comprehensive resource inlcudes a few chapters, one focusing on Enahancing Staff Understanding and the other on Building Working Partnerships. 

 
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5/21/20
Administering the Public Garden

It would not be uncommon to think that administering a garden, or any other business, is simply a matter of shuffling papers to keep everything flowing and people working. This may be true, but it is the least of the duties of a public garden...

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5/21/20
Atlanta Botanical Garden Plan for Reopening

This document is a working blueprint for reopening the Atlanta Botanical Garden safely
following the COVID-19 shutdown. The Garden will update this plan regularly as new recommendations from health experts and government officials are made...

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5/21/20
New COVID-19 Guidance for Section 125 Mid-Year Election Change Rules

The Internal Revenue Service recently released guidance to allow temporary changes to section 125 cafeteria plans. These changes extend the claims period for health flexible spending arrangements (FSAs) and dependent care assistance programs and allow...

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5/19/20
SBA and Treasury Release Paycheck Protection Program Loan Forgiveness Application

The form and instructions inform borrowers how to apply for forgiveness of their PPP loans, consistent with the Coronavirus Aid, Relief, and Economic Security Act (CARES Act).  SBA will also soon issue regulations and guidance to further assist...

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5/18/20

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