Friday, October 6th, 2017

PublicSchoolWORKS Takes Home Gold…AGAIN!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards

We’re so excited – PublicSchoolWORKS won GOLD in the 2017 Stevie® Awards for Great Employers! PublicSchoolWORKS won the Health, Wellness and Safety Solution Provider of the Year category, which recognizes the achievements of providers with solutions for drug and alcohol treatment or testing, health promotion, recreation, safety, security, and wellness. Our nomination was one of […]

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Tuesday, September 12th, 2017

Are Your Students Doing the “Eraser Challenge?”

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

A game called the “Eraser Challenge” is making its way around schools, and it’s proving to be dangerous. It involves students rubbing an eraser on their hand or arm while completing a mundane task like reciting the A-B-C’s. Sounds innocent enough, right? However, the point of the challenge is to bear the friction until you […]

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Friday, September 1st, 2017

Designing Schools for Safety

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: General

PublicSchoolWORKS helps districts implement comprehensive risk management, compliance and safety programs. Although these plans include aspects of physical safety such as building inspections and scheduled maintenance, schools are considering even more things, such as building design, when it comes to keeping students safe. In an era where districts are planning for crises like active shooters […]

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Tuesday, August 1st, 2017

What’s your state’s stance on sunscreen?

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

Did you know the U.S Food and Drug Administration (FDA) considers sunscreen an over-the-counter drug and therefore, so do almost all schools? Technically speaking, this means students cannot bring sunscreen to school without a doctor’s note and then must see the school nurse to use it. This sounds a bit unrealistic, right? Some states are […]

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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

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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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Keeping Sensitive Information Safe

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Compliance, Internet Safety

The Dell End-User Security Survey polled 2,608 professionals who handle confidential data at companies with 250 or more employees. The survey found that 72 percent of employees are willing to share sensitive, confidential or regulated company information. The most common reasons these employees shared information were: 43 percent were directed by management to share information […]

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Monday, May 8th, 2017

Playground Safety: Keeping Students Safe at Recess

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

Recess is an important part of young students’ days, but it does create an opportunity for students to get hurt if they are not careful. The Salt Lake City Tribune recently reported that according to a new study from the Utah Department of Health, about 5,100 elementary school students in the state were injured on […]

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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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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, March 27th, 2017

Client Services Wins its First Gold Stevie®Award!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards

We are so excited to announce that our Client Services team has won a GOLD Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year – Public Services & Education in the 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service! We know how hard our Client Services team works and how happy you are with their […]

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Thursday, February 23rd, 2017

Cyberbullying: Is it a technology issue or a behavioral issue?

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

Cybersecurity expert and advocate Reginald Corbitt recently authored an opinion piece in eSchool News to examine the root cause of cyberbullying. In his article, which you can read in its entirety here, he argues that many parents and educators alike believe curbing cyberbullying is as easy as limiting students’ access to technology. However, Corbitt references […]

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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

We’re up for a People’s Choice Award!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Awards

Our Client Services Department was recently named a finalist in the 2017 Stevie Awards for Sales & Customer Service! Because of this, they are also in the running for the People’s Choice Award for Favorite Customer Service! If you’re happy with the service you receive, PLEASE vote for us! To vote, click here and enter […]

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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

A Reminder: Flu Season is here!

Posted by Rachael Ballard Filed under: Courses

The peak of flu season can occur anytime between November and March, according to the CDC. Seasonal influenza outbreaks are inevitable, but providing students and staff with tips for preventing its spread can decrease the likelihood of a crippling epidemic for your district. Below are a few resources to share with staff and students: Key […]

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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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