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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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Keeping Sensitive Information Safe

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Internet Safety

The Dell End-User Security Survey polled 2,608 professionals who handle confidential data at companies with 250 or more employees. The survey found that 72 percent of employees are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information. The most common reasons these employees shared information were: 43 percent were directed by management to share information […]

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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Playground Safety: Keeping Students Safe at Recess

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

Recess is an important part of young students’ days, but it does create an opportunity for students to get hurt if they are not careful. The Salt Lake City Tribune recently reported that according to a new study from the Utah Department of Health, about 5,100 elementary school students in the state were injured on […]

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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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Monday, March 27th, 2017

America’s Schools Don’t Make the Grade

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Operations, OSHA

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a “report card” that assesses the physical condition and needed investments for America’s infrastructure. This year, the report gave America’s schools a D+. The report found that 53% of schools need repairs, renovations and modernizations to reach what the ASCE considers “good” condition. In addition to increasing […]

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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

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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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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Monday, August 29th, 2016

Another Big Month for Mental Health: October

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

In honor of National Bullying Prevention Month, our entire October newsletter is dedicated to highlighting issues around bullying. We’ll highlight recent news about bullying prevention, customer best practices, and innovative tactics and useful tips. However, we wanted to give you a preview. A recent article from the San Diego Union Tribune reported that 62 percent […]

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A Cautionary Tale: Abiding by OSHA Mandates

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

OSHA creates mandates for staff training, facility inspections, and safety tasks for good reason and should thus be taken seriously. If districts do not address and meet these mandates, staff and students could get hurt, which exposes the district to greater liability and possible litigation. A school custodian from Dearborn Heights, MI, pursued legal action […]

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

Customer Highlight – Adams County School District #14

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

When Linda Shamlin became the Interim Chief Human Resources Officer at Adams County School District #14 in Commerce City, CO this past September, she brought with her changes to how the school district would handle employee safety. She implemented PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite, the automated risk management system she had used at her prior district. “At […]

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

WORKS in the News: School Construction News

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

The January/February issue of School Construction News features an article from Jim Westrum, the Business Manager of Wayzata Public Schools in Wayzata, MN, about his district’s use of EmployeeSafe, a safety and regulatory compliance management system and StudentWatch’s Student Accident Management System. The article, titled “Meeting the Demands of a Growing District: Automating Risk Management […]

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

WORKS in the News: Risk Management

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

In February, Risk Management magazine published an online feature story authored by Jeanne Butzek, the Executive Assistant of Business Services of Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in Middleton, WI and Tom Strasburger, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for PublicSchoolWORKS. The article, titled “Developing Effective Accident Management Processes in Schools,” describes the Middleton-Cross Plains […]

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

Customer Highlight: Teton County School District #1

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, General, Human Resources, Student Violence, Student Well-Being, Workers' Comp

In order to consolidate and improve their safety programming, Teton County School District #1 in Jackson, WY is using the EmployeeSafe and StudentWatch suites. Also, Teton County School District #1 is the first district in Wyoming to use StudentWatch’s Student Behavior Management System to report and track both positive and negative student behaviors. “EmployeeSafe’s ability […]

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Customer Highlight: Belle Plaine Unified School District 357

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Compliance, Courses, MSDS, Workers' Comp

Belle Plaine Unified School District (USD) 357 in Belle Plaine, KS, implemented WORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite in the fall of 2012. The additional risk management support was a welcome resource since administrators throughout the district wore so many hats. One of the district’s top needs was deploying required safety training and ensuring employee completion of these […]

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Wednesday, September 16th, 2015

Important Training to Consider

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Internet Safety

At WORKS, we stay ahead of legislation and topical issues to anticipate your district staff training needs. Part of this is, of course, state or federally mandated trainings, but districts may also want to deploy additional training courses to address growing concerns within their district. We have more than 400 courses – including both mandated […]

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Monday, August 10th, 2015

Overcoming Bullying to Create Positive Change in 3 Steps

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Compliance, Programs

The long-term effects bullying can have on students is not news to many – it can lead to a higher risk of depression, obesity, substance abuse and more. To stop bullying in its tracks and to prevent these long-term effects, a professor from the Educational Psychology department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, suggests the […]

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Monday, August 10th, 2015

House lawmakers push school bullying prevention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Compliance, Programs

New legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), called The Safe Schools Improvement Act, that if passed, will prohibit bullying based on race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion.” The legislation would grant schools funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create policies that […]

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