Thursday, April 19th, 2018

PublicSchoolWORKS Program Management Coordinator – “I love my job.”

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

Katelyn Snyder began working at PublicSchoolWORKS in April 2017. As a Program Management Coordinator (PMC), Katelyn helps districts map out their regulatory, compliance and training needs and then develops corresponding school safety and risk management programs. She also builds strong partnerships with her customers to ensure the programs are utilized to their fullest so schools […]

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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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Tuesday, October 31st, 2017

American Education Week is Coming!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

To give everyone an opportunity to honor public education and those individuals who ensure students receive a quality education, NEA is celebrating the 96th Annual American Education Week November 13-17, 2017. The schedule of events for the week is as follows: Monday, November 13: Kickoff Day Tuesday, November 14: Parents Day Wednesday, November 15: Education […]

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Friday, September 1st, 2017

Designing Schools for Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

PublicSchoolWORKS helps districts implement comprehensive risk management, compliance and safety programs. Although these plans include aspects of physical safety such as building inspections and scheduled maintenance, schools are considering even more things, such as building design, when it comes to keeping students safe. In an era where districts are planning for crises like active shooters […]

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Monday, May 8th, 2017

National Teacher Appreciation Week 2017

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, General

It’s National Teacher Appreciation Week! The PTA and NEA have compiled methods and resources districts can use to honor teachers’ hard work. Certificates of Appreciation: Click here to download and print certificates of appreciation to give teachers from a principal or from a particular student. For districts that have a PTA or PTSA, there are […]

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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Discriminatory Harassment on the Rise in Schools

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

Bullying has long been an issue in classrooms, but what about discriminatory harassment? A recent survey sponsored by the Southern Poverty Law Center’s Teaching Tolerance project sheds light on the issue of post-election harassment in schools. Answered by approximately 10,000 educators, the survey found that 90% of educators felt their school climate was negatively affected […]

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

Staying Safe While Playing “Pokémon GO”

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, General, Social Media

People of all ages have been obsessed with Pokémon GO since its U.S. release in early July (Here’s a review of how the app works from School Library Journal). When students and staff go back to school in the coming days or weeks, Pokémon GO may be something that needs to be addressed. Obviously, the […]

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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Customer Highlight: Highland Park Independent School District

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

In 2012, Chris Israelson and his colleagues were considering the switch from in-person to web-based staff training. Israelson, who is now the former Executive Director of Personnel at Highland Park Independent School District (ISD), said, “It was a no brainer to get on board with a web-based solution. It’s more convenient and it replaces the […]

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Thursday, June 30th, 2016

Addressing the Rise in Inappropriate Relationships between Staff and Students

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

All too often, educators make the news for having inappropriate relationships with students – probably the most notable case being Mary Kay Letourneau and Vili Fualaau in 1997. However, when it was revealed recently that a 24 year-old Houston-area teacher was impregnated by her then 13-year-old former student, we were reminded that this issue is […]

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

Perfecting the Role of Accident Prevention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

No one wants an employee to get hurt. This affects the well-being of the employee and can have major implications for a district’s bottom-line. Districts are not only responsible for paying direct costs such as the employee’s medical bills; they are responsible for paying indirect costs such as paying a substitute teacher, making up for […]

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Wednesday, June 8th, 2016

National Safety Council’s National Safety Month

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

Every June, the National Safety Council (NSC), along with thousands of organizations nationwide, raises awareness for what it takes to be “SafeForLife.” According to their website, National Safety Month focuses on reducing the leading causes of injury and death at work, on the road and at home. National Safety Month has a different focus each […]

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Friday, March 25th, 2016

Going Green for Earth Day

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

One of the added benefits of implementing web-based resources like PublicSchoolWORKS is a reduction in the amount of paper your school or district uses, which is a big step in the right direction if you’re considering “going green.” To celebrate this effort and to make sure your students know the benefit going green has on […]

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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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Friday, February 12th, 2016

PublicSchoolWORKS in the Media

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, General

Read how customers around the country are using WORKS’ software suites to create comprehensive and automated safety programming. K-12 TechDecisions will be highlighting how Teton County School District #1 uses both EmployeeSafe and StudentWatch to address district staff and student health and safety initiatives in one of their upcoming “TD Project” stories. Teton County School […]

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Pointers for Dealing with Trauma in Students

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

According to the National Child Traumatic Stress Network (NCTSN), approximately 25 percent of American children will experience at least one traumatic event by the age of 16. According to a recent ruling from U.S. District Judge Michael W. Fitzgerald on a class-action lawsuit filed against the Compton Unified School District, students who have experienced trauma […]

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Wednesday, June 17th, 2015

Summer Kickoff

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

With the school year coming to an end for most of our customers, we are taking this opportunity to say THANK YOU for another great school year! As always, we appreciate your loyalty, your focus on safety compliance, and always your feedback! Have a great SAFE summer!

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Thursday, February 26th, 2015

Friday, February 6, 2015: National Wear Red Day – Go Red for Women

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: General

Since 2003, the first Friday of February — this year on February 6th — has been National Wear Red Day – Go Red for Women. The American Heart Association started the Go Red campaign to bring awareness to what experts call the Silent Killer: heart disease. Research shows that heart disease is the leading cause […]

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Wednesday, July 16th, 2014

Summer Reading List: Blogs for Administrators and Educators

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

After a full academic year, summer break is the perfect time to brush up on your teaching and leadership skills. WORKS compiled a list of blogs for your Summer Reading List! Michael Smith’s Principals Page – The Blog Student-written blog, Youth Voices Education Week blogs Eric Sheninger’s A Principal’s Reflections blog School safety, security and […]

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Resource Highlight: CDC’s Dating Matters™ Initiative

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

The Center for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) created a new prevention initiative, “Dating Matters™: Strategies to Promote Healthy Teen Relationships”, to help halt the negative impacts of teen dating violence. Specifically, the program helps educate teens, school personnel and community individuals about the risk factors, warning signs and where to go for help for […]

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Thursday, January 23rd, 2014

Parent Resources: Teen Dating Violence

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

Preparing parents how to prevent or support victims of teen dating violence also is important to achieving better results. WORKS has found several ready-to-use, free resources for your Teen Dating Violence Prevention Month efforts. General Resources: Veto Violence: Understanding Teen Dating Violence Prevention ; What is Dating Violence? factsheet;  “Break the Silence: Stop the Violence” […]

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