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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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

In The News: The Importance of Preparing Teachers for Crises

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Crisis Response

On January 14, a Roswell, NM, student opened fire in the Berrendo Middle School gymnasium just before class was to begin. Two students were injured, but John Masterson, a social studies teacher at the school, was able to talk the student into putting the gun down before hurting more students. Masterson is being praised as […]

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Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

Customer Highlight: Great Oaks Career Campuses

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response

Great Oaks Career Campuses provides career and technology education programs for 3,500 students at four campuses, in addition to 11,000 satellite students at 36 different school districts around Cincinnati, Ohio. To keep students, staff, visitors and buildings safe, Great Oaks developed a three-pronged approach to managing and sustaining its safety program: Staff training – Great […]

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Wednesday, September 25th, 2013

School Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Crisis Response, Internet Safety

Cincinnati school safety: Oak Hills High School gets full-time dog trained to sniff out drugs, guns

Back to school: Security heightened after Newtown

School Safety On Rural Campuses

School Police: “Cyber Bullying” Top Safety Concern

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Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

School Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response

State Board Hears Ways to Boost School Safety
State may require shooting-incident drills at schools
Teacher removes explosives from Colorado school
Ottawa school board to review teen rugby player’s death
Local governments and schools could see $113 million in rebates

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Friday, May 24th, 2013

School Safety in the News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response

Attorney general to announce awards for school safety ideas

School safety: Officer enforces law, not school policy, when walking halls

School-shooting simulation hones safety officers’ skills

L.A. Schools Hire Security Aides To Watch For Threats

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Wednesday, April 3rd, 2013

PSW Program Highlight: The New Crisis Response Program

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Programs

PublicSchoolWORKS’ new comprehensive Crisis Response Program is a district-specific program designed to ensure that school staff and the facilities where they work, as well as local agencies, are prepared to act in the event of a crisis, whether it be an active shooter, bomb / IED or other crisis event.

The program’s training courses include staff training such as Bomb Threat/IED Preparedness, Emergency Response Procedures and School Lockdown Drills, and two different Active Shooter Response courses — Active Shooter Response – Lockdown, Barricade, Escape and Active Shooter Response – Lockdown, Barricade, Escape, Counter Attack.

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Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

New Training Alert: Active Shooter Response Training (Video for Students)

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response, Programs

PublicSchoolWORKS has added a new safety video to its training catalog. The video, Active Shooter Response Training (Video for Students), covers the new active shooter training model ALICE: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate. This new training encourages students and teachers to think strategically and be proactive should a shooting occur. Traditionally, training for active shooter situations had consisted of finding shelter and waiting for authorities to arrive. However, studies have shown that solely using this response may actually increase the number of causalities.

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Wednesday, February 20th, 2013

Spotlight: School Management for Fire Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response

Last month, Hanover Park High School in East Hanover, NJ experienced an electrical fire. According to the East Hanover- Florham Park Patch, the fire was caused by a faulty heater in the school guidance counselor’s office. The East Hanover Fire Department responded to the activated fire alarm to find that the fire was already put out by a school custodian with a fire extinguisher. Because of this swift action, there was no fire or smoke damage.

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Friday, February 1st, 2013

Spotlight: Student Injuries

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Crisis Response

Tired of the time-consuming and inefficient process of tracking student accidents using paper and pen, Vandalia-Butler Schools decided to upgrade its reporting system. With the implementation of PublicSchoolWORKS’ StudentWatch Suite, student accidents are dealt with immediately through the automated web-based system. Vandalia-Butler is now able to create appropriate prevention plans and avoid reoccurring incidents.

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