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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Monday, August 10th, 2015

Overcoming Bullying to Create Positive Change in 3 Steps

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Compliance, Programs

The long-term effects bullying can have on students is not news to many – it can lead to a higher risk of depression, obesity, substance abuse and more. To stop bullying in its tracks and to prevent these long-term effects, a professor from the Educational Psychology department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, suggests the […]

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Monday, August 10th, 2015

House lawmakers push school bullying prevention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Compliance, Programs

New legislation introduced in the House of Representatives by Reps. Linda Sanchez (D-Calif.) and Chris Gibson (R-N.Y.), called The Safe Schools Improvement Act, that if passed, will prohibit bullying based on race, nationality, gender, sexual orientation or religion.” The legislation would grant schools funding through the Elementary and Secondary Education Act to create policies that […]

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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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Tuesday, April 14th, 2015

April Awareness Observances

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: *Hot Topics*

Between the April showers, there are many “observances of the month” events that your school may wish to promote. The below web links provide access to FREE resources such as fact sheets, activities and tools, to make it easier for educators to create awareness in their schools, Autism Awareness Month Eighth World Autism Awareness Day […]

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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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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

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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