Thursday, April 19th, 2018

PublicSchoolWORKS Program Management Coordinator – “I love my job.”

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

Katelyn Snyder began working at PublicSchoolWORKS in April 2017. As a Program Management Coordinator (PMC), Katelyn helps districts map out their regulatory, compliance and training needs and then develops corresponding school safety and risk management programs. She also builds strong partnerships with her customers to ensure the programs are utilized to their fullest so schools […]

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Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Crisis Averted Due to Diligent Safety Reporting

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Operations, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Reporting safety concerns, whether it’s a suspicious conversation or a rumor spread on social media, is a crucial step in an effective crisis prevention program. Thankfully this southern Utah high school and its students understand the power of fast reporting. Recently, The Spectrum & Daily News reported one of its students was “arrested for manufacturing, […]

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Taking a “Community Health Approach” to Crisis Prevention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, the media has explored many different approaches to preventing similar tragedies from occurring, including arming teachers, increased school security measures, and more. Recently, NPR published an article detailing a concise document titled “Call for Action To Prevent Gun Violence In The United States of America.” Two days […]

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Ensuring Safety Takes More than Spending Money on Physical Security

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Courses, Crisis Response, General, Operations, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Just two weeks after the Parkland school shooting, The New York Times published an article profiling how the threat of school violence, specifically school shootings, has turned school security into a booming business. However, several school security industry members are quoted throughout the article stating there is very little guidance on which technologies and processes […]

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

How to address school tragedies with students

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Parkland, FL, children may feel the need to explore and express their feelings of concern and confusion. In partnership with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and former NASP president and co-author of its PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum Melissa Reeves, NPR provides five […]

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Monday, January 29th, 2018

When Students are Bullied, Achievement Suffers

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Courses, Student Well-Being

It is well known bullying can lead to mental health issues such as depression and anxiety, changes to sleep and eating patterns, alcohol and drug abuse, and deviant behavior – and these issues may persist into adulthood. However, much of the bullying research available today is conducted over short periods of time, and there isn’t […]

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The Cost of Bullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

A study published in the June issue of School Psychology Quarterly calculated the financial cost bullying has on school districts. The study, which is the “first to count the direct losses caused by bullying-related student absences” according to an article in The Sacramento Bee, found that bullying costs California school districts more than $276 million […]

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Monday, March 27th, 2017

System Highlight: Compliance Task Manager

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Operations

Keeping track of all of the inspections and maintenance that need to be completed across a district is a job in itself, but it is often just one of many responsibilities a district’s Facilities Manager oversees. The EmployeeSafe Suite’s Compliance Task Manager can help your district better manage this schedule. The system automates the scheduling, […]

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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Is Bullying or Getting in School Fights Worth a Felony?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

The Washington Post reported that effective January 1, 2017 the Missouri law, which previously defined harassment in six different ways, will now broadly define harassment as any act that “causes emotional distress.” The law also elevates harassment from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. “Let me be clear, the consequences of poor choices and bad […]

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Friday, January 27th, 2017

We’re up for a People’s Choice Award!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards

Our Client Services Department was recently named a finalist in the 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service! Because of this, they are also in the running for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Customer Service! If you’re happy with the service you receive, PLEASE vote for us! To vote, click here and enter […]

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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Student Discipline and Violence Gets Media Attention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

How schools manage student behavior and address acts of student violence continue to get extensive media coverage. We want to help you stay updated on what’s being discussed so we compiled a list of recent articles we suggest reading. “Detentions, suspension and expulsion do not curb violent behavior” The Hechinger Report. Authored by Lehigh University […]

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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Teen Dating Violence

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many students may be preoccupied by the romance of the holiday, but there is a darker side of teen romance faculty and staff should be prepared to recognize: teen dating violence. According to LoveIsRespect.org, teen dating violence is all too common. Their website states the following harrowing statistics: Nearly 1.5 million […]

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

A Reminder: Flu Season is here!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses

The peak of flu season can occur anytime between November and March, according to the CDC. Seasonal influenza outbreaks are inevitable, but providing students and staff with tips for preventing its spread can decrease the likelihood of a crippling epidemic for your district. Below are a few resources to share with staff and students: Key […]

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Managing Behavior: Best-Practice Examples

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Student behavior management and discipline policies have been a major focus of the Department of Education in recent years. In The Atlantic, Education Secretary John King spoke about his own experience with school discipline, as well as the importance of cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline and giving students second chances. He also urged school districts […]

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Discriminatory Harassment on the Rise in Schools

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

Bullying has long been an issue in classrooms, but what about discriminatory harassment? A recent survey sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project sheds light on the issue of post-election harassment in schools. Answered by approximately 10,000 educators, the survey found that 90% of educators felt their school climate was negatively affected […]

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Monday, December 19th, 2016

EmployeeSafe Wins…Again!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

Earlier this month, District Administration announced the winners of the 2016 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Awards. Because of YOUR nominations, the EmployeeSafe Suite has won its EIGHTH Top Product distinction and the StudentWatch Suite received an Honorable Mention! Both were featured in the December ’16 issue of District Administration. To browse the entire list […]

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Tuesday, November 29th, 2016

Importance of Conducting AND Reporting Drills

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Crisis Response

ABC 6/FOX 28 in Columbus, OH recently reported Ohio school districts “ignoring, missing, or not reporting school safety drills.” As of March 2015, Ohio schools are required to complete at least four safety drills each school year. One drill must be a lockdown, two must be either an evacuation or a secure-in-place drill and the […]

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Friday, October 28th, 2016

New Survey Examines Trends in Biased Language and Bullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In collaboration with YouthTruth, the Gay, Lesbian and State Education Network (GLSEN) surveyed more than 1,300 students ages 13 to 18 and more than 1,000 teachers to collect data about instances of biased language and bullying based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, body size, gender, religion, ability, economic status and gender expression. GLSEN used the results […]

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Thursday, October 6th, 2016

U.S. DOE Launches Stance Against Religious Discrimination

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Discrimination based on religion and ethnicity has seen a dramatic increase, specifically in the last year. According to a recent Huffington Post article, this is due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, as well as the media’s coverage of the election. A report published by the Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative found […]

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Upcoming Event: March for Our Lives on March 24

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

What are you doing Saturday, March 24, 2018? Students-organizers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are organizing a nationwide march called March For Our Lives – with the main march being held in Washington, D.C. – to demand lawmakers to take action in the fight for tighter gun control legislation. According to their website, “the […]

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Student Well-Being

According to ChildHelp.org, between four and seven children in the U.S. die every day because of child abuse and neglect, which makes for one of the worst rankings among industrialized nations. For children who do survive the abuse, the implications it can have on their future is unsettling. Key statistics include: Individuals who experience childhood […]

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

Potential Legislation to Watch: Rosie’s Law

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

All too often headline news covers families suing school districts after their children commit suicide to try to cope with bullying. This story from late 2017 highlights a family’s demands for better bullying prevention programs nationwide. Rosalie “Rosie” Avila was 13 years-old this past November when she hanged herself after months of alleged bullying at […]

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Wednesday, January 31st, 2018

The Importance of Concussion Training for PE Teachers

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Courses, Student Well-Being

With the effects of CTE on professional athletes continuing to make major headlines, it’s no surprise schools and sports leagues are increasing concussion safety training for coaches and volunteers. However, a new study conducted by the University of New Mexico School of Medicine suggests PE teachers are another audience in need of this safety training. […]

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Monday, January 29th, 2018

Love your PublicSchoolWORKS Client Service Experience?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Awards

Our Client Services team works tirelessly to make sure your district has everything it needs to be safe, compliant and efficient. Many of you aren’t shy about sharing your great customer service experiences, often praising the quick response time from your PMCs (you can read all about it here). The Client Services team is in […]

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Thursday, December 28th, 2017

School and Student Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

We scoured the headlines for topics you would find informative – here’s what we found “How active shooters are changing school security in the US,” CNN: According to a recent Government Accountability Office survey, two-thirds of schools in the U.S. conduct active-shooter exercises and nearly all of them have a plan if a shooter comes […]

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Thursday, December 28th, 2017

Supporting Homeless Youth

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Student Well-Being

According to a new study from the University of Chicago, approximately 4.2 million young people experience unaccompanied homelessness in the course of a year. While these students often hide their situations as best they can, the report reveals they often miss school or frequently switch schools, which results in lower graduation rates. NPR covered the […]

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Friday, December 1st, 2017

Safety Concern Highlight: Childhood Abuse

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Student Well-Being

Approximately 300 million children around the world between the ages of 2 and 4 years-old are subjected to physical punishment or verbal abuse from their parents or caregivers on a regular basis. This is just one of the many shocking statistics featured in UNICEF’s new report A Familiar Face: Violence in the Lives of Children […]

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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

American Education Week is Coming!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

To give everyone an opportunity to honor public education and those individuals who ensure students receive a quality education, NEA is celebrating the 96th Annual American Education Week November 13-17, 2017. The schedule of events for the week is as follows: Monday, November 13: Kickoff Day Tuesday, November 14: Parents Day Wednesday, November 15: Education […]

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Friday, October 6th, 2017

Preventing Bullying: A Month of Awareness

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Student Well-Being

Leading up to October, many education reporters, publications and blogs have focused on how common bullying and cyberbullying are in our schools (you can see statistics from PACER’s National Bullying Prevention Center and the Cyberbullying Research Center here and here). But what are schools doing to prevent it? According to StopBullying.gov, all 50 states have […]

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Friday, October 6th, 2017

PublicSchoolWORKS Takes Home Gold…AGAIN!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards

We’re so excited – PublicSchoolWORKS won GOLD in the 2017 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers! PublicSchoolWORKS won the Health, Wellness and Safety Solution Provider of the Year category, which recognizes the achievements of providers with solutions for drug and alcohol treatment or testing, health promotion, recreation, safety, security, and wellness. Our nomination was one of […]

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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Are Your Students Doing the “Eraser Challenge?”

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Social Media, Student Well-Being

A game called the “Eraser Challenge” is making its way around schools, and it’s proving to be dangerous. It involves students rubbing an eraser on their hand or arm while completing a mundane task like reciting the A-B-C’s. Sounds innocent enough, right? However, the point of the challenge is to bear the friction until you […]

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Friday, September 1st, 2017

Designing Schools for Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

PublicSchoolWORKS helps districts implement comprehensive risk management, compliance and safety programs. Although these plans include aspects of physical safety such as building inspections and scheduled maintenance, schools are considering even more things, such as building design, when it comes to keeping students safe. In an era where districts are planning for crises like active shooters […]

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

What’s your state’s stance on sunscreen?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Student Well-Being

Did you know the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers sunscreen an over-the-counter drug and therefore, so do almost all schools? Technically speaking, this means students cannot bring sunscreen to school without a doctor’s note and then must see the school nurse to use it. This sounds a bit unrealistic, right? Some states are […]

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