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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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

March 23-27: National Youth Violence Prevention Week

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Courses, Programs

March 23-27, 2015, is National Youth Violence Prevention Week sponsored by Students Against Violence Everywhere (SAVE). For each day of the week, SAVE has created theme-specific challenges. SAVE also has free resources for crime prevention, conflict management, and more. In “Violent Crime Against Youth, 1994-2010,” the Bureau of Justice Statistics shows that from 2002 to […]

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Friday, March 6th, 2015

New Online Training Courses Available

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Courses, Programs

PublicSchoolWORKS is pleased to introduce its newest course release, “Discriminatory Harassment – Identification and Response”, as part of its library of more than 500 school-focused courses. Some student misconduct may qualify as peer discriminatory harassment under one or more of the federal anti-discrimination laws enforced by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights. […]

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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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Sunday, December 14th, 2014

ONC BOCES Chooses EmployeeSafe for Itself and Its Component Districts

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Compliance, Programs

We are excited to welcome the Otsego Northern Catskill (ONC) BOCES (Boards of Cooperative Educational Services) and their component districts to the PublicSchoolWORKS family! ONC BOCES selected our EmployeeSafe Suite to manage safety compliance tasks, staff training, accident management and risk prevention for their multi-site organization. Additionally, of the 19 component districts under ONC BOCES, […]

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

PublicSchoolWORKS: WY Approved Suicide Prevention Program

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: Awards, Bullying, Courses, Programs

Suicide is the third leading cause of death among U.S. youth ages 10 to 19, making suicide prevention a priority for school districts and states. Wyoming is the most recent state to adopt the Jason Flatt Act, following the lead of Tennessee, Louisiana, California, Mississippi, Illinois, Arkansas, West Virginia, Utah, Alaska, South Carolina, Ohio and […]

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Friday, December 12th, 2014

FREE Resources on Youth Substance Use for Educators

Posted by ISOC Team Filed under: *Hot Topics*, Bullying, Programs

Resources on Youth Substance Use, and How Educators Can Help An extended break is one of the many perks offered in a school environment – for both the staff and the student body. However, lengthy school breaks — such as those during the holidays, spring break, and summer — are oftentimes when students are more […]

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Thursday, June 5th, 2014

Product Highlight: CIPA Training Program

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Internet Safety, Programs

In 1996 the e-rate was born which led to the growth of, internet accessibility in the classroom. As internet access increased and social media sources became more rampant, legislation followed. In 2012, the Federal Communication Commission’s (FCC) Children’s Internet Protection Act (CIPA) that in order for schools to be eligible to receive E-rate funding for […]

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Monday, March 31st, 2014

In the News: Bullying and Cyberbullying Double Suicidal Risks

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs

A new research analysis published in Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA) Pediatrics found that bullied students are at least two times more likely to contemplate or attempt suicide than their non-bullied peers. The analysis found that cyberbullying is linked more closely to suicide than is in-person bullying. Researchers believe this may be because […]

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Wednesday, December 18th, 2013

Industry News: PSW Sweeps Education and Customer Service Awards

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards, Compliance, MSDS, OSHA, Programs, Workers' Comp

Every year, District Administration asks readers to nominate the products that positively impact their school environment for the Readers’ Choice Top 100 Products Awards. Thanks to YOUR nominations, the EmployeeSafe Suite was selected as a Top 100 Product!

This is the fifth consecutive year the EmployeeSafe Suite has won this award, and the sixth such award PSW has earned, further emphasizing the PublicSchoolWORKS goal to completely serve our customers’ needs to reduce their time spent administering safety programs, while improving the efficiencies and effectiveness of their programs. Thank you for your continued support – it is GREATLY appreciated!

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Wednesday, November 6th, 2013

In Remembrance: Michael Lansberry

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs

Prior to the start of the school day on October 21, 2013, a 12-year-old Sparks Middle School student opened fire with a semi-automatic handgun on school grounds. To protect other students, Michael Lansberry, a 7th grade science teacher and ex-Marine, attempted to intervene when he was shot and killed by the gunman. Two students were shot and wounded before the gunman turned the gun on himself.

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Wednesday, October 16th, 2013

In The News: Bullying and Its Prevention

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs

With the recent start of the new school year, as well as it being National Bullying Prevention Month, major media outlets have been covering numerous aspects of bullying, from recent student suicides to prevention tips for teachers.

Two Huffington Post sections, IMPACT and PARENTS, both featured blogs about bullying. The IMPACT blog titled “Bullying: Are We Back to ‘Kids Will Be Kids’?” discusses the need to dispel the misconception that bullying is considered a rite of passage and is a part of growing up. The PARENTS blog creates a Dos and Don’ts list for educators, counselors, youth workers and parents to use to stopping bullying.

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Wednesday, October 9th, 2013

Product Highlight: Student Bullying & Violence Prevention Program (SBVPP)

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs

PublicSchoolWORKS’ award-winning SBVPP is the only complete program designed to help school districts focus on a culture of positive behavior and support students experiencing bullying, violence and other school safety issues. The SBVPP features student and staff training, reporting tools, recurring safety tasks and 24/7 access to expert support to fully back schools in situations involving bullying or violence.

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Wednesday, July 17th, 2013

Research Update: Childhood Bullying and its Effects Later in Life

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs

StopBullying.gov posted information about a recent study from Duke University focused on the effects of bullying. The study found that victims of childhood bullying have a higher risk of developing mental health problems as adults.

Researchers studied more than 1,000 youth starting at ages 9, 11 and 13 and interviewed them until they turned 16. The study found that bullied youth are at higher risk for developing agoraphobia, anxiety and panic disorders and antisocial personality disorders. Within the study group, females had an increased risk for agoraphobia and males had an increased risk for suicidal tendencies.

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Wednesday, July 10th, 2013

Product Highlight: Student Bullying Reporting System

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Programs

When it comes to employee and student data, it is imperative that information is limited only to the appropriate administrators based on their role, responsibility with each report type and their individual security level. PublicSchoolWORKS’ accident management systems —the Employee Accident Management System and Student Accident Management System– and safety issue reporting systems—Student Bullying Reporting System, Student Safety Reporting System, Staff Misconduct Reporting System and Hazard Reporting System — automatically notify and engage the appropriate individuals that a report has been submitted for immediate action. Nobody is required to log-in and review a report to determine the appropriate person to take action. Also, all data is secure, providing access only to the people at each school or at a district level that the district has deemed necessary to have it.

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