Thursday, June 28th, 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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Wednesday, May 23rd, 2018

A Practical and Effective Approach to Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

On Thursday, May 10, 2018, we hosted our third School Safety Talks webinar on crisis prevention, preparedness, and response with Al Gille, the Coordinator of Safety and Security at Great Oaks Career Campuses. During his webinar, “A Practical and Effective Approach to Safety,” Al outlined specific tactics Great Oaks Career Campuses uses to prevent, prepare, […]

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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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Friday, April 20th, 2018

Lessons Learned from Alissa Parker

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Mother of Emilie Parker & Co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools On Thursday, April 12, 2018, we kicked off our School Safety Talks with a webinar series on crisis prevention, preparedness, and response with our first speaker Alissa Parker, Mother and Co-founder of Safe and Sound Schools. During “School Safety – A Sandy Hook Parent’s […]

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Thursday, April 5th, 2018

Crisis Averted Due to Diligent Safety Reporting

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Operations, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Reporting safety concerns, whether it’s a suspicious conversation or a rumor spread on social media, is a crucial step in an effective crisis prevention program. Thankfully this southern Utah high school and its students understand the power of fast reporting. Recently, The Spectrum & Daily News reported one of its students was “arrested for manufacturing, […]

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Wednesday, April 4th, 2018

Taking a “Community Health Approach” to Crisis Prevention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, the media has explored many different approaches to preventing similar tragedies from occurring, including arming teachers, increased school security measures, and more. Recently, NPR published an article detailing a concise document titled “Call for Action To Prevent Gun Violence In The United States of America.” Two days […]

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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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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

Upcoming Event: March for Our Lives on March 24

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

What are you doing Saturday, March 24, 2018? Students-organizers from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School are organizing a nationwide march called March For Our Lives – with the main march being held in Washington, D.C. – to demand lawmakers to take action in the fight for tighter gun control legislation. According to their website, “the […]

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Friday, February 23rd, 2018

How to address school tragedies with students

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

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Parkland, FL, children may feel the need to explore and express their feelings of concern and confusion. In partnership with the National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) and former NASP president and co-author of its PREPaRE School Crisis Prevention and Intervention curriculum Melissa Reeves, NPR provides five […]

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Thursday, December 28th, 2017

School and Student Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

We scoured the headlines for topics you would find informative – here’s what we found “How active shooters are changing school security in the US,” CNN: According to a recent Government Accountability Office survey, two-thirds of schools in the U.S. conduct active-shooter exercises and nearly all of them have a plan if a shooter comes […]

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Wednesday, May 31st, 2017

Sexual Assault in Schools: New Data

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Crisis Response, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

The Associated Press (AP) recently finished a year-long investigation of state education records and federal crime data to better understand sexual assault by fellow students. The AP uncovered approximately 17,000 official reports of sexual assaults by students over a four-year period, from fall 2011 to spring 2015. The AP’s investigation is the most comprehensive compilation […]

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Cyberbullying: Is it a technology issue or a behavioral issue?

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Social Media, Student Well-Being

Cybersecurity expert and advocate Reginald Corbitt recently authored an opinion piece in eSchool News to examine the root cause of cyberbullying. In his article, which you can read in its entirety here, he argues that many parents and educators alike believe curbing cyberbullying is as easy as limiting students’ access to technology. However, Corbitt references […]

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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, January 11th, 2016

Preventing Crisis: Spotting Danger

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Since the Columbine School massacre in 1999, there have been an estimated 262 school and college shooting incidents. Just this past October, a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College and as of this writing, in December 2015, Los Angeles Unified School District and several schools in New Hampshire shut down all schools after […]

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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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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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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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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Industry News: Please Vote for the Crisis Response Program!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Awards, Crisis Response

Over the years, you have done an exceptional job of nominating and voting for our products in various awards programs, resulting in many wins for WORKS—as always, we greatly appreciate you taking the time to take action. The American Business Awards has opened the People’s Choice Stevie Awards for Favorite New Products and our Crisis […]

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

In the News: Non-Violent School Emergencies

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response

When asked what constitutes a school crisis, many think only of school shootings. However, non-violent crises are just as detrimental to the daily functioning of a school. For example, the water crisis that occurred last month in West Virginia affected more than a quarter-million residents in the region. Due to a chemical leak into the […]

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Friday, February 28th, 2014

System Highlight: Crisis Response Program

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Crisis Response

The Crisis Response Program consists of the following components: Staff Training – Online courses cover topics such as active shooter, school lockdown drills, bomb threat / IED preparedness and FEMA courses. Custom courses can be created with district-specific procedures and plans for emergency response, complete with seamless introduction to district staff through the WORKS platform. […]

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