Thursday, August 30th, 2018

Suicide Prevention: What You Need to Know

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Crisis Response, Social Media, Student Well-Being

Suicide does not discriminate. It can affect everyone despite their gender, age or ethnicity – including your students. September is National Suicide Prevention Awareness Month and Monday, September 10th is World Suicide Prevention Day– both are all about helping communities understand suicide, remove the stigma related to suicide and mental health, and provide those in […]

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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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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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Monday, January 29th, 2018

Love your PublicSchoolWORKS Client Service Experience?

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

Our Client Services team works tirelessly to make sure your district has everything it needs to be safe, compliant and efficient. Many of you aren’t shy about sharing your great customer service experiences, often praising the quick response time from your PMCs (you can read all about it here). The Client Services team is in […]

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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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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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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Teen Dating Violence

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

With Valentine’s Day approaching, many students may be preoccupied by the romance of the holiday, but there is a darker side of teen romance faculty and staff should be prepared to recognize: teen dating violence. According to LoveIsRespect.org, teen dating violence is all too common. Their website states the following harrowing statistics: Nearly 1.5 million […]

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Thursday, October 6th, 2016

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

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

How prevalent is bullying in schools? According to the National Center for Education Statistics, approximately 22 percent of students between 12–18 years old reported being bullied at school in 2013. Of those students, more than half reported being made fun of, called names, or insulted half reported being the subject of rumors 20 percent reported […]

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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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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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Friday, April 29th, 2016

Calling All Nominations: Readers’ Choice Top Products 2016

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

The District Administration Readers’ Choice Top Products awards program, which is now open for nominations, highlights the best products schools and districts around the country are using to excel. We hear from you all the time how EmployeeSafe or StudentWatch makes your jobs easier, so we would greatly appreciate a nomination! To nominate EmployeeSafe or […]

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

#takeabreaktostayawake

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*

With prom season right around the corner, high schools around the nation will be reiterating the importance of being responsible on prom night – drinking and driving being the major topic of discussion. However, there is one dangerous activity that even many of the most responsible teens and adults have done, but no one talks […]

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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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