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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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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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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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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