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 27th, 2018

Beware of “Passing the Trash”: School Employee Sexual Misconduct

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Human Resources, Programs, Student Well-Being

Title IX and the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) include protections for students from sexual abuse or misconduct by school employees. So why do we still see stories in the news about teachers who, despite allegations of sexual misconduct with students, are able to get hired at new districts and continue the cycle of abuse? […]

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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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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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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

The Cost of Bullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

A study published in the June issue of School Psychology Quarterly calculated the financial cost bullying has on school districts. The study, which is the “first to count the direct losses caused by bullying-related student absences” according to an article in The Sacramento Bee, found that bullying costs California school districts more than $276 million […]

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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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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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Friday, October 28th, 2016

New Survey Examines Trends in Biased Language and Bullying

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Courses, Programs, Social Media, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

In collaboration with YouthTruth, the Gay, Lesbian and State Education Network (GLSEN) surveyed more than 1,300 students ages 13 to 18 and more than 1,000 teachers to collect data about instances of biased language and bullying based on race/ethnicity, sexual orientation, body size, gender, religion, ability, economic status and gender expression. GLSEN used the results […]

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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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Monday, August 29th, 2016

September is for Suicide Prevention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses, Programs, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Did you know that suicide is the second leading cause of death for 15-24 year olds? In honor of September’s Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, the National Alliance on Mental Illness (NAMI) created the following informational landing pages to educate others about suicide and its prevention: Know the Warning Signs and Risk of Suicide Preventing Suicide […]

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

Giving Teachers Tools to Manage Student Trauma

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Programs

According to The National Child Traumatic Stress Network, childhood trauma, if not adequately addressed, can cause a magnitude of long-term effects for children, including cognitive issues. For children who have experienced trauma or have grown up in an environment with constant threats, most of their energy goes toward survival, which can negatively affect their reasoning, […]

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Wednesday, October 28th, 2015

October is National Bullying Prevention Month

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs

Although every October is National Bullying Prevention Month, we need to prioritize bullying prevention year round. According to the National Center for Educational Statistic’s most recent research, 22 percent of students report being bullied during the school year. If we apply this statistic to this school year, we can assume that more than 11 million […]

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Thursday, September 17th, 2015

5 Things to Consider When Creating a Bullying Prevention Program for Your District

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Internet Safety, Programs

Unfortunately, bullying is still an issue we must address in schools. According to stopbullying.gov, 28 percent of U.S. students in grades 6-12 have experienced bullying. The long-term effects of bullying –a higher risk of depression, obesity, substance abuse and more – can lead to profound issues within our society. State and federal government legislatures have been taking steps […]

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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

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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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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