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

Crunching the Numbers on Restraint & Seclusion

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

Restraint and seclusion have been controversial topics in the education industry for years. When used incorrectly, students can suffer long-term physical and mental side-effects. The federal government has made several attempts to draft legislation to specifically regulate the usage and reporting of these practices, but nothing has passed. To get a better sense of the […]

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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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Tuesday, January 31st, 2017

Is Bullying or Getting in School Fights Worth a Felony?

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

The Washington Post reported that effective January 1, 2017 the Missouri law, which previously defined harassment in six different ways, will now broadly define harassment as any act that “causes emotional distress.” The law also elevates harassment from a misdemeanor to a felony offense. “Let me be clear, the consequences of poor choices and bad […]

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Friday, January 27th, 2017

Student Discipline and Violence Gets Media Attention

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

How schools manage student behavior and address acts of student violence continue to get extensive media coverage. We want to help you stay updated on what’s being discussed so we compiled a list of recent articles we suggest reading. “Detentions, suspension and expulsion do not curb violent behavior” The Hechinger Report. Authored by Lehigh University […]

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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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Wednesday, January 4th, 2017

Managing Behavior: Best-Practice Examples

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

Student behavior management and discipline policies have been a major focus of the Department of Education in recent years. In The Atlantic, Education Secretary John King spoke about his own experience with school discipline, as well as the importance of cutting off the school-to-prison pipeline and giving students second chances. He also urged school districts […]

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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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Thursday, October 6th, 2016

U.S. DOE Launches Stance Against Religious Discrimination

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

Discrimination based on religion and ethnicity has seen a dramatic increase, specifically in the last year. According to a recent Huffington Post article, this is due to the recent terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino, as well as the media’s coverage of the election. A report published by the Georgetown University’s Bridge Initiative found […]

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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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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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Friday, March 25th, 2016

Dublin City Schools in the News

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

Joe Santa-Emma, assistant principal of John Sells Middle School in Dublin, OH, will be featured in the April issue of Principal Leadership! Published by the National Association of Secondary School Principals, Principal Leadership focuses on “school leaders’ real needs, offering them practical, hands-on strategies for improving their schools in a constantly evolving educational environment.” In […]

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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

Customer Highlight: Teton County School District #1

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Compliance, Courses, General, Human Resources, Student Violence, Student Well-Being, Workers' Comp

In order to consolidate and improve their safety programming, Teton County School District #1 in Jackson, WY is using the EmployeeSafe and StudentWatch suites. Also, Teton County School District #1 is the first district in Wyoming to use StudentWatch’s Student Behavior Management System to report and track both positive and negative student behaviors. “EmployeeSafe’s ability […]

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Monday, January 11th, 2016

Preventing Crisis: Spotting Danger

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Bullying, Crisis Response, Internet Safety, Student Violence, Student Well-Being

Since the Columbine School massacre in 1999, there have been an estimated 262 school and college shooting incidents. Just this past October, a gunman opened fire at Oregon’s Umpqua Community College and as of this writing, in December 2015, Los Angeles Unified School District and several schools in New Hampshire shut down all schools after […]

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