Wednesday, March 11th, 2015

Cyberbullying and School Safety Challenges in the Digital Age

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Courses, Programs

The routine use of social media among staff, students and the greater community has posed new issues for school districts to address. There have been stories of schools accessing student social media accounts to research cyberbullying issues. And, as of January 1, 2015, schools in Illinois can require students’ social media passwords when certain circumstances, […]

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

Schools Prepare for Tornado Risk

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Courses, Crisis Response

On May 22, 2011, Joplin, Missouri, was hit by an EF-5 tornado which killed 161 people and injured thousands of residents. This tornado sparked region-wide awareness of the impact tornadoes can have on a community. Since then, districts in Southwest Missouri and Southeast Kansas have spent or proposed money for construction to build safe rooms […]

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

March 23-27: National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Courses, Programs

March 23-27, 2015, is National Youth Violence Prevention Week sponsored by Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE). For each day of the week, SAVE has created theme-specific challenges. SAVE also has free resources for crime prevention, conflict management, and more. In “Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010,” the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that from 2002 to […]

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

New Online Training Courses Available

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Courses, Programs

PublicSchoolWORKS is pleased to introduce its newest course release, “Discriminatory Harassment – Identification and Response”, as part of its library of more than 500 school-focused courses. Some student misconduct may qualify as peer discriminatory harassment under one or more of the federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. […]

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

Student Self-Injury Awareness

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Courses, Programs

March 1 is Self-Injury Awareness Day, as well as the beginning of Self-Harm Awareness Month. Self harm can be found in many forms – from cutting, burning or scratching oneself, to punching or kicking objects, to the most frequent method to result in hospitalization, which is poisoning oneself with alcohol, chemicals, illegal drugs or prescription […]

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Friday, February 27th, 2015

February is Teen Dating Violence Prevention and Awareness Month

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Courses

According to this Huffington Post article, domestic violence is reported less during specific holidays than on other days. It also states that acts of domestic violence typically do not happen in isolation; they are often repeated. So how can schools help educate both males and females on the awareness and prevention of teen dating violence? […]

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015: National Wear Red Day – Go Red for Women

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: General

Since 2003, the first Friday of February — this year on February 6th — has been National Wear Red Day – Go Red for Women. The American Heart Association started the Go Red campaign to bring awareness to what experts call the Silent Killer: heart disease. Research shows that heart disease is the leading cause […]

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Friday, January 16th, 2015

NEW Course on Discriminatory Harassment!

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Courses

We are excited to launch a new course that addresses Title 6. While there is no training requirement, it is a high liability topic. This course intent is to address student-to-student discrimination based on race, sex, color, national origin, religion. The course includes mentions LGBT, how peer discrimination is different from bullying, and how school employees should respond and intervene. […]

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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

ONC BOCES Chooses EmployeeSafe for Itself and Its Component Districts

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Compliance, Programs

We are excited to welcome the Otsego Northern Catskill (ONC) BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) and their component districts to the PublicSchoolWORKS family! ONC BOCES selected our EmployeeSafe Suite to manage safety compliance tasks, staff training, accident management and risk prevention for their multi-site organization. Additionally, of the 19 component districts under ONC BOCES, […]

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

PublicSchoolWORKS Wins Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Award, Again!

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Awards

We are very honored and humbled in learning that our customers again voted us as a District Administration Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product. This is the sixth consecutive year that PublicSchoolWORKS EmployeeSafe Suite has received this honor, making WORKS: The only complete safety and regulatory compliance management program built purposefully for K-12 schools, and; The […]

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

The Newly-Updated Restraint & Seclusion Online Course Features Use of Time Outs

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Compliance, Courses

When students refuse to behave or follow instructions, frustrated teachers may isolate or even physically restrain to keep them from lashing out, even though these are considered last-resort tactics. A heated student-staff confrontation may result in actions that inadvertently harm the student, and lead to further escalation of a student’s aggressiveness. Besides the damage to […]

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

PublicSchoolWORKS: WY Approved Suicide Prevention Program

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Awards, Bullying, Courses, Programs

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among U.S. youth ages 10 to 19, making suicide prevention a priority for school districts and states. Wyoming is the most recent state to adopt the Jason Flatt Act, following the lead of Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, South Carolina, Ohio and […]

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

FREE Resources on Youth Substance Use for Educators

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Programs

Resources on Youth Substance Use, and How Educators Can Help An extended break is one of the many perks offered in a school environment – for both the staff and the student body. However, lengthy school breaks — such as those during the holidays, spring break, and summer — are oftentimes when students are more […]

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Friday, September 26th, 2014

10 Youth Addiction and Recovery Resources

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Courses

New School Year: New Focus of School Safety This month is the 25th annual National Recovery Month, a month for raising awareness about addiction treatment and mental health services. . There are many free resources available for parents, educators and communities to help educate and raise awareness around the issue of youth substance use: 2014 […]

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