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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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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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

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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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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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Crunching the Numbers on Restraint & Seclusion

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

Restraint and seclusion have been controversial topics in the education industry for years. When used incorrectly, students can suffer long-term physical and mental side-effects. The federal government has made several attempts to draft legislation to specifically regulate the usage and reporting of these practices, but nothing has passed. To get a better sense of the […]

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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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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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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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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 20th, 2016

PublicSchoolWORKS Takes Home a Gold Stevie®

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Courses

We are ECSTATIC – our Staff Training System won a Gold Stevie® in the Staff Training Solution category in the first Stevie Awards for Great Employers! We have won several Silver and Bronze Stevies in other areas including customer service, various systems and for our leadership, but this is our first Gold Stevie and it […]

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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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Monday, August 29th, 2016

September is for Suicide Prevention

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

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds? In honor of September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) created the following informational landing pages to educate others about suicide and its prevention: Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide Preventing Suicide […]

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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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