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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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Summer Playground Safety Tips

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance

With summer, comes great weather and more outdoor play, especially on playgrounds. However older playgrounds are not always safe. Between 2001 and 2008, approximately 15 percent of playground injuries were labeled severe and 3 percent required hospitalization (Consumer Product Safety Commission, October 2009). According to 2009 data from the National Electronic Surveillance System (NEISS), the […]

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Keep an Eye Out for PSW Schools Showcased in the Media

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Crisis Response, Programs, Workers' Comp

Have a subscription to ASBO International’s School Business Affairs magazine? Flip to page 33 in the May issue to read an article about how districts in California are  purchasing EmployeeSafe Suite through their joint powers association, Schools Insurance Group (SIG), to make their districts safer and save money – all while creating a more meaningful […]

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Creating a Culture of Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Compliance, Courses, Programs, Workers' Comp

Summer break is the perfect time for year-round staff to reiterate safety precautions in schools. The National Safety Council (NSC) sponsors National Safety Month in June to bring focus to reducing leading causes of injury in all aspects of life, including schools. NSC provides free posters, fact sheets and more that you may download here. […]

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Problematic Lack of Uniformity Among State Restraint & Seclusion Policies

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

This is not a new issue, but districts around the country repeatedly have faced litigation over the use of unnecessary or improper restraint and seclusion techniques, particularly with special education populations. In its On Special Education blog, Education Week discussed a recent report by Jessica Butler, the congressional affairs coordinator for the Autism National Committee. […]

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

Introducing our NEW & IMPROVED Online SDS Education Binder

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, MSDS

On March 16th, PublicSchoolWORKS launched our new SDS Education Binder, an online database of SDSs commonly used by schools. The EduBinder provides an enhanced, streamlined search lookup function making it easier for staff to find SDSs for the chemicals they use. Additionally, PSW customers continue to have access to the additional 4.5 million SDSs within […]

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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

When It Comes to School Safety, Physical Security Isn’t Enough

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Compliance, Crisis Response, MSDS, OSHA, Programs, Workers' Comp

When policymakers refer to “school safety” in funding initiatives, it often references promoting physical security initiatives, such as security cameras, metal detectors, and door locking systems. While device-based approaches can enhance security efforts, some are most useful to delay but not necessarily prevent violent events, and others help to provide additional details – like a […]

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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

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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Monday, March 31st, 2014

HOT Topic: Student Data Privacy

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Internet Safety

To help school districts and educators better protect student data when using online educational resources, the Privacy Technical Assistance Center (PTAC) of the Department of Education, released new guidelines with information and best practices for meeting the major requirements of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA) and the Protection of Pupil Rights Amendment […]

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Industry News: PSW Sweeps Education and Customer Service Awards

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Compliance, MSDS, OSHA, Programs, Workers' Comp

Every year, District Administration asks readers to nominate the products that positively impact their school environment for the Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Awards. Thanks to YOUR nominations, the EmployeeSafe Suite was selected as a Top 100 Product!

This is the fifth consecutive year the EmployeeSafe Suite has won this award, and the sixth such award PSW has earned, further emphasizing the PublicSchoolWORKS goal to completely serve our customers’ needs to reduce their time spent administering safety programs, while improving the efficiencies and effectiveness of their programs. Thank you for your continued support – it is GREATLY appreciated!

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Wednesday, December 11th, 2013

Product Highlight: OSHA 300 Reporting System

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, OSHA

Attention all OSHA states: Completed OSHA 300 Reports are due!

Make this tedious and time-consuming process easier and more efficient with our OSHA 300 Reporting System. This online system keeps districts in compliance with all appropriate state and federal reporting requirements, and includes both automated and manual tools. The OSHA 300 AutoComplete tool is integrated with the EmployeeSafe Suite Accident Management System, allowing it to pull any reportable accidents for the OSHA Reports immediately. OSHA 300 AutoComplete’s processing mechanism ensures that only reportable accidents are documented, saving administrators time in creating the reports. The OSHA 300 ManualComplete is useful for districts that started using the OSHA 300 Reporting System mid-year. This manual entry tool seamlessly integrates data with the AutoComplete tool.

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Wednesday, December 4th, 2013

Safety Reminder: Preparing Your School for Winter Break

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance

With Winter Break fast approaching, it is imperative to prepare buildings for days of vacancy. Save money on utilities and potential maintenance by completing the following steps:

Turn down building thermostats to 58 degrees Fahrenheit to save on heating bills, while preventing pipes from freezing.
Turn off all lights and electronics.
Remove all trash to avoid molds, insects and odors.
Properly store all lunchroom food to prevent molding, insects and odors
Clean out teachers’ lounge refrigerators (if applicable).
Check security cameras to ensure they work.
Charge AEDs and replace smoke detector batteries.
Take this time to complete tasks that cannot be done while students are in school (run IT diagnostics on hardware, exterminate/fumigate, etc.).

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Wednesday, November 13th, 2013

Compliance Reminder: GHS Requirement Deadline is Approaching!

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

Reminder regarding the GHS requirement: OSHA requires that by December 1, 2013, all appropriate staff nationwide must be trained on how to read and understand the new standardized format for Safety Data Sheets (SDSs) and the new label elements. In addition, they need to be aware of the district’s Hazard Communication Plan and where to access SDSs. To provide a comprehensive solution, PSW helps districts update their Hazard Communication Plan, and addresses the new requirements utilizing its Hazard Communication course, Getting a MSDS course and MSDS Now! – Bronze System. The combination of these components will help districts meet the regulation without any extra effort.

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Monday, September 16th, 2013

Customer Highlight: Forest Hills goes Self-Insured with PublicSchoolWORKS

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

Choosing between using an insurance provider or being self-insured was one of the big decisions Forest Hills School District (FHSD) in Cincinnati, OH, was considering in 2010. While deciding to go self-insured can be a scary endeavor for school administrators, using an effective safety management system provides a safety net. FHSD was looking to save money by going self-insured, but needed the safety net of to ensure their entire safety program was being implemented, managed and sustained, and they did so with PublicSchoolWORKS.

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Wednesday, September 11th, 2013

Product Highlight: Staff Misconduct Reporting System

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance

As staff members complete their mandated annual training, a popular topic of discussion is staff misconduct. However, if staff members are not equipped with the proper tools, they may feel uncomfortable or even be discouraged to report staff misconduct concerns all together.

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Wednesday, September 4th, 2013

Safety Thought: A New School Year Means a New Start

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

As students and teachers come back to school, the start of the new year comes with ongoing and increased responsibilities, including staff safety training, safety tasks and more. Start the year off right by letting PublicSchoolWORKS manage these things for you.

PublicSchoolWORKS helps districts manage a wide variety of school safety concerns, including:

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