Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Reinforcing Safety Helps School Aide Save a Student’s Life

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

Lunch at Dundee Elementary in Dundee, Ohio was off to a normal start one day in September until the school’s aide, Janet Dummermuth, who was supervising the first-graders, noticed a student panicking. “He was coughing at first and then headed for the water fountain, but I could tell this was more than something getting caught […]

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Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Salt Lake City School District: Streamlining School Safety Management

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

Prior to 2016, consistently managing on-site state and federally required staff training at Utah’s Salt Lake City School District was a hefty order. The district’s 41 schools span the entire city limits – approximately 109 square miles – and the time and effort it took to ensure all requirements were met often resulted in inefficiency […]

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Thursday, November 1st, 2018

Strongsville City Schools: Keeping Schools Safe with Proactive Crisis Prevention

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

Recent pressure from communities, lawmakers, and district stakeholders has led many districts to implement a proactive crisis prevention program. Here’s a look at how longtime PublicSchoolWORKS customer Strongsville City Schools has been working to enhance its crisis prevention program while continuing to rely on the StudentWatch Suite from PublicSchoolWORKS to ensure the health and safety […]

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Thursday, November 1st, 2018

New Data Shows 2018 Was the Worst Year for School Gun Violence

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

The Advanced Thinking in Homeland Security (HSx) program at the Naval Postgraduate School’s Center for Homeland Defense and Security (CHDS) has published a free database of school shooting information called the K-12 School Shooting Database. According the website, the database documents “each and every instance a gun is brandished, is fired, or a bullet hits […]

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Monday, October 22nd, 2018

The Emotional Effects of Physical Safety Measures: Protected or Policed?

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

News headlines in both local and national outlets are continuously highlighting districts purchasing physical security measures, especially the use of security cameras. While administrators and law enforcement may see the benefit of installing cameras throughout and around school buildings, what are students’ perceptions of security cameras? The Journal of Adolescent Health published a report summarizing […]

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Monday, October 8th, 2018

The Latest Bullying Research

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

Bullying prevention research is a growing field of study and researchers are making strides in trying to understand the complexities and effects of bullying. We compiled and summarized recent research on the topic. “National student survey shows bullying is on the rise over the last three years, particularly among students of color in majority white […]

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Expert Guidance: 4 Bus Safety Considerations

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

So often school safety is focused on initiatives that help keep students and staff safe inside the school building or on district property, but what about on school buses? Riding the bus is how many students start and end their day, making it a crucial safety touchpoint. To learn what safety factors districts should consider […]

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Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Suicide Prevention: What You Need to Know

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

Suicide does not discriminate. It can affect everyone despite their gender, age or ethnicity – including your students. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Monday, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day– both are all about helping communities understand suicide, remove the stigma related to suicide and mental health, and provide those in […]

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Wednesday, August 29th, 2018

Summary of Mental Health Support Article

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

In honor of National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the September issue of School Business Affairs focuses on mental health support. Tom Strasburger and Paul Daniels, the Director of Secondary Curriculum at Milford Exempted Village Schools in Milford, OH authored an article titled “Supporting More than the Academics: The Age of Mental Health Support.” The article […]

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Friday, August 10th, 2018

Retrofitting All Schools for Safety

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

When building new schools, architects make sure to embed safety features into the design, but what about older schools? How can they be retrofitted to make schools safer? In the August issue of National School Boards Association’s publication American School Board Journal, Paul Timm, the vice president of physical security at Facilities Engineering Associates and […]

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Thursday, July 26th, 2018

Bus Safety for Parents

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Student Well-Being

Students will be going back to school before we know it. Now is the perfect time to remind students’ families about bus safety tips to ensure students arrive to school on-time, unharmed, and ready to learn. We compiled the below list of bus safety tips. We encourage you to share them with students’ families before […]

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Wednesday, June 13th, 2018

Insights to Action: A Webinar Series Wrap-Up Discussion

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

On Thursday, May 31, 2018, we hosted our fourth and final School Safety Talks webinar on crisis prevention, preparedness, and response with PublicSchoolWORKS President and Chief Executive Officer Steve Temming and Vice President of Strategic Alliances Tom Strasburger. During the webinar, “Insights to Action: A Wrap-Up Discussion on Crisis Prevention, Preparedness, and Response,” Steve and […]

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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

A Practical and Effective Approach to Safety

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

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, we hosted our third School Safety Talks webinar on crisis prevention, preparedness, and response with Al Gille, the Coordinator of Safety and Security at Great Oaks Career Campuses. During his webinar, “A Practical and Effective Approach to Safety,” Al outlined specific tactics Great Oaks Career Campuses uses to prevent, prepare, […]

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Tuesday, May 8th, 2018

Six Ways to Take a Collaborative Approach to School Safety

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

On Thursday, April 26, 2018, we hosted our second School Safety Talks webinar on crisis prevention, preparedness, and response with Paul Timm, board-certified Physical Security Professional (PSP®) and Vice President of Physical Security Services at Facility Engineering Associates. During his webinar, “A Collaborative Approach to School Safety,” Paul explained the importance of collaboration among different […]

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Friday, April 27th, 2018

Beware of “Passing the Trash”: School Employee Sexual Misconduct

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Human Resources, Programs, Student Well-Being

Title IX and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) include protections for students from sexual abuse or misconduct by school employees. So why do we still see stories in the news about teachers who, despite allegations of sexual misconduct with students, are able to get hired at new districts and continue the cycle of abuse? […]

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Friday, April 20th, 2018

Lessons Learned from Alissa Parker

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

Mother of Emilie Parker & Co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools On Thursday, April 12, 2018, we kicked off our School Safety Talks with a webinar series on crisis prevention, preparedness, and response with our first speaker Alissa Parker, Mother and Co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. During “School Safety – A Sandy Hook Parent’s […]

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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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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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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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