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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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

Tweeting Responsibly: School Athletes

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Internet Safety

A recent article in the St. Paul Pioneer Press suggests that social media has a big impact on students’ futures, particularly those who are being recruited for collegiate athletics. College coaches have started following their prospects on Twitter, which is forcing student athletes to think before they tweet. Not only are coaches paying attention for […]

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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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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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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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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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