Tuesday, November 13th, 2018

Salt Lake City School District: Streamlining School Safety Management

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

Prior to 2016, consistently managing on-site state and federally required staff training at Utah’s Salt Lake City School District was a hefty order. The district’s 41 schools span the entire city limits – approximately 109 square miles – and the time and effort it took to ensure all requirements were met often resulted in inefficiency […]

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Tuesday, October 2nd, 2018

Expert Guidance: 4 Bus Safety Considerations

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

So often school safety is focused on initiatives that help keep students and staff safe inside the school building or on district property, but what about on school buses? Riding the bus is how many students start and end their day, making it a crucial safety touchpoint. To learn what safety factors districts should consider […]

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Wednesday, June 13th, 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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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

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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Monday, March 27th, 2017

System Highlight: Compliance Task Manager

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Operations

Keeping track of all of the inspections and maintenance that need to be completed across a district is a job in itself, but it is often just one of many responsibilities a district’s Facilities Manager oversees. The EmployeeSafe Suite’s Compliance Task Manager can help your district better manage this schedule. The system automates the scheduling, […]

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Monday, March 27th, 2017

America’s Schools Don’t Make the Grade

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Operations, OSHA

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) publishes a “report card” that assesses the physical condition and needed investments for America’s infrastructure. This year, the report gave America’s schools a D+. The report found that 53% of schools need repairs, renovations and modernizations to reach what the ASCE considers “good” condition. In addition to increasing […]

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Monday, December 19th, 2016

EmployeeSafe Wins…Again!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

Earlier this month, District Administration announced the winners of the 2016 Readers’ Choice Top 100 Product Awards. Because of YOUR nominations, the EmployeeSafe Suite has won its EIGHTH Top Product distinction and the StudentWatch Suite received an Honorable Mention! Both were featured in the December ’16 issue of District Administration. To browse the entire list […]

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Tuesday, July 26th, 2016

A Cautionary Tale: Abiding by OSHA Mandates

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Human Resources, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

OSHA creates mandates for staff training, facility inspections, and safety tasks for good reason and should thus be taken seriously. If districts do not address and meet these mandates, staff and students could get hurt, which exposes the district to greater liability and possible litigation. A school custodian from Dearborn Heights, MI, pursued legal action […]

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Friday, April 29th, 2016

Customer Highlight – Adams County School District #14

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, MSDS, Operations, OSHA, Workers' Comp

When Linda Shamlin became the Interim Chief Human Resources Officer at Adams County School District #14 in Commerce City, CO this past September, she brought with her changes to how the school district would handle employee safety. She implemented PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite, the automated risk management system she had used at her prior district. “At […]

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

WORKS in the News: School Construction News

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, Operations, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

The January/February issue of School Construction News features an article from Jim Westrum, the Business Manager of Wayzata Public Schools in Wayzata, MN, about his district’s use of EmployeeSafe, a safety and regulatory compliance management system and StudentWatch’s Student Accident Management System. The article, titled “Meeting the Demands of a Growing District: Automating Risk Management […]

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Monday, February 29th, 2016

WORKS in the News: Risk Management

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Courses, Human Resources, Operations, Workers' Comp

In February, Risk Management magazine published an online feature story authored by Jeanne Butzek, the Executive Assistant of Business Services of Middleton-Cross Plains Area School District in Middleton, WI and Tom Strasburger, the Vice President of Sales & Marketing for PublicSchoolWORKS. The article, titled “Developing Effective Accident Management Processes in Schools,” describes the Middleton-Cross Plains […]

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Friday, February 12th, 2016

Customer Highlight: Lorain City Schools (OH)

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Human Resources, Operations, Workers' Comp

To make schools safe places for students and teachers, Lorain City Schools in Lorain, OH uses the EmployeeSafe Suite to help meet safety mandates. The suite’s complete training, safety task management and hazard reporting systems are automated to ensure all mandated tasks are completed. These important tasks do not fall through the cracks, thus leading […]

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Sunday, January 31st, 2016

Customer Highlight: Wayzata Public Schools

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Operations, OSHA, Student Well-Being

Wayzata Public Schools in Wayzata, MN is expanding to keep up with the ever-increasing student population in the area. The district was approved to build another elementary school and put an addition on the high school. Once completed, Wayzata High School will be the largest high school in the state. With the growing number of […]

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