As the leading provider of online compliance training for school employees, we’re thrilled to announce the launch of our new SafeSchools Training safety courses for students! Our powerful, new, web-based courses cover the essential safety topics you need to educate your students on to keep them safe and to positively impact your school culture, including:

  1. Bullying & Cyberbullying
  2. Youth Suicide Prevention
  3. Alcohol & Drug Prevention
  4. Sexual Harassment
  5. Digital Citizenship 

And, our courses are perfect for prevention training or remediation with students who have disciplinary issues.

Each short, age-appropriate, modular course features peer presenters, so students can more easily connect with each lesson. Administrators can assign courses to individual students to complete independently, use in a facilitated group setting with a staff presenter, or add our courses to your existing LMS. Each course includes helpful assessments, lesson plans, discussion questions and activities.

Click on the video below to watch an overview of our student courses.

 

Equip your students with the knowledge and skills they need, so they’re better prepared for the realities of school today with SafeSchools Training’s new student courses!

Our new student courses will be available in June in perfect time for the new school year. To preorder or to learn more, please call 1-800-434-0154 or email info@safeschools.com

Students often know what’s happening in your district before you do. The SafeSchools Alert Mobile App makes it easy to stay connected to your school community so you can prevent serious safety incidents before they occur.

Using the app, free to download on iOS and Android with a SafeSchools Alert System subscription, students and adults can submit safety tips 24/7 to alert school officials about bullying, harassment, mental health concerns, and threats of violence. The convenient app makes it easy to keep track of all tips submitted, and push notifications let tipsters know when a reply has been sent to their tip and tracks all communication.

The SafeSchools Alert System automates many of the steps involved in tip resolution and allows administrators to easily delegate tips to colleagues who can investigate and manage tips to resolution. Administrative reports make it simple to monitor safety trends by victim, offender, building, and incident type.

Complimentary promotional materials such as fliers, posters, parent letters, and student handbook copy make it easy to communicate this potentially life-saving tool to your entire school community.

Watch an Overview of the SafeSchools Alert System

 

Together, using SafeSchools Alert, we can help to make your school community an even safer place to work and learn. For more information or a free trial of SafeSchools Alert, please contact us at 1-800-434-0154, info@safeschools.com, or www.SafeSchools.com.

 

Cyberbullies’ actions can have a greater and longer lasting effect than traditional physical bullying. Cyberbullying has quickly become a serious problem among children from elementary through high school. Cyberbullying leverages tools that students use most often to communicate among themselves and has increased because these tools are convenient and often free of adult oversight. They also provide the means to inflict immediate, devastating harm on the bully’s target. That’s because the bully’s message can be transmitted to and accessed by anyone in seconds, and traditional school safeguards are often ineffective. Cyberbullying has also been linked to depression, school violence, and suicide. Even if a few students participate in cyberbullying, it only takes one to do serious harm.

Check out our Cyberbullying Prevention Safety Tip video below for the definition of cyberbullying and tips to help keep your school safe.

 

Here are more tips that can help control cyberbullying on your campus and keep your school safe:

  • You should be familiar with your school’s bullying policy. Since cyberbullying fits the traditional definition of bullying, your school’s anti-bullying policies apply to cyberbullying.
  • You should always report cyberbullying immediately. Teach your students to report cyberbullying immediately, as well.
  • Always carefully preserve any evidence of cyberbullying, including text messages, voicemail messages, images, videos, webpages, and any other digital evidence.
  • Recognize that students are sophisticated users of technology at a young age. Cyberbullying is not just a high school issue, it’s common in middle school and late elementary school as well.
  • If you become aware of cyberbullying and fail to report it, you, as well as your school, may become subject to lawsuits and other legal actions.
  • Some actions like threats of violence and distribution of explicit images do more than just violate your school’s bullying policy. They may also be against the law so don’t hesitate to report potential criminal actions by carefully following your school’s policy.
  • Your school should also update its Acceptable Use Policy to prohibit cyberbullying from locations away from school.

The SafeSchools Online Staff Training System offers an Online Safety: Cyberbullying course to provide school staff members with basic information on cyberbullying, its impact on your school, and steps you can take to reduce the threat of cyberbullying.

Our SafeSchools Alert Tip Reporting System allows students, staff, and parents to anonymously report safety concerns to school officials 24/7/365. Staff are immediately notified of every tip and can easily track and manage incidents to resolution within the web-based system.

Please contact us at info@safeschools.com or 1-800-434-0154 to learn more about SafeSchools Training or SafeSchools Alert.

We recently hosted a SafeSchools Training webinar highlighting best practices within the SafeSchools Training System for back-to-school.

Topics covered in the 30-minute webinar include:

  • New and Updated Courses
  • Updated Login Screen and Training Area
  • Course Customizations
  • Repeating Training Plan
  • Best Practices for Employee Data, Training Plan Creation and Email Notification

To watch the recorded webinar, please click here. The session begins around the 1:44 mark.

Thanks so much for your time and the opportunity to serve you and your employees. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Client Success team at support@safeschools.com.

Helping districts improve school safety is one of our top priorities. But we’re also focused on providing busy school leaders with solutions that streamline cumbersome administrative processes and save valuable time. The TeachPoint Educator Evaluation and Professional Development Tracking solutions, now part of the Vector Solutions family, can help you manage growth and performance and improve educator effectiveness in your district.

Here are a few ways the TeachPoint PD Tracking Solution can help you increase efficiency and eliminate the paperwork:

  • The central office can utilize a dashboard to create and manage all PD events and attendee registration, as well as approve credits from one central location.
  • School principals can easily launch and communicate new in-school PD events, then auto-generate and distribute certificates of attendance.
  • Educators and staff can easily view and sign up for available PD events and request to attend events outside of their district/school.
  • The central office can gather attendee feedback using pre-built templates or by creating tailored questionnaires.
  • Educators and staff can utilize a dashboard to track all their PD credits required for recertification.

You can also easily integrate your SafeSchools Training online safety and compliance training with the TeachPoint Online PD Tracking Solution. Here’s how this new integration will help you streamline PD tracking for all staff:

  • Single Sign-On – Employees can easily launch SafeSchools Training courses directly from TeachPoint with a single login.
  • Access Hundreds of Online Courses – Access your full library of SafeSchools Training courses from TeachPoint.
  • View Training Assignments – Employees can view their list of SafeSchools Training assignments from within TeachPoint.
  • Manage PD Transcripts in One Central Location – Course completion data from SafeSchools Training is now accessible within TeachPoint and can be tracked for recertification credits along with other PD activities.
  • Built-In Tutorial Courses – The SafeSchools Training system will also include new TeachPoint Tutorial courses which can be assigned to staff to support implementation.

TeachPoint also provides an integrated Educator Evaluation Solution, recently adopted by Boston Public Schools, to help manage the educator and staff evaluation process from start to finish!

Please contact us at info@safeschools.com or 1.800.434.0154 today to schedule a short demo or to request a free trial.

Bullies in the North Hills School District who rely on the silence of their victims to keep up their scare tactics will soon be a telephone call, email or text message away from being busted for their behavior.

Board members voted unanimously recently to purchase the SafeSchools Alert confidential tip reporting system that students, staff and parents can use to report bullies and instances of violence.

“This is a great addition to our district’s safety and security measures,” school Director Allison Mathis said.

The Safeschools Alert system will allow incidents to be reported around the clock.

The system, created by Vector Solutions in Cincinnati, OH was developed to help school districts combat the alarming number of bullying and safety incidents in U.S. schools and the consequences they cause.

Developers note that:

• One in three teens report being bullied and one in two students say they have been cyber bullied.

• 160,000 children miss school each day due to fears of being intimidated or attacked.

• 19,000 bullied children attempt suicide every year.

• 57 percent of students say they would not report an incident if it cannot be done anonymously.

Safeschools Alert will include flyers, posters and other material that can be customized to promote its use as well as interactive tutorials and electronic presentations to help district leadership communicate key features of the system to principals, department heads and other supervisors, according to the company.

The system allows administrators to track and manage the tips that are received so the appropriate personnel can resolve the problems.

We recently hosted a SafeSchools Training webinar highlighting best practices and new courses and features within your system.

Topics covered in the 30-minute webinar include:

  • Compliance reports.
  • Email notification.
  • New course offerings.
  • As well as a sneak peek at our new login screen and training area.

To view the recorded webinar, please click here. Simply enter your name and email to begin the webinar. The session begins at the 2:28 mark.

Thanks so much for your time and the opportunity to serve you and your employees. If you have any questions, please reach out to our Client Success team at support@safeschools.com.

On May 18, 2018, our education community was again tragically affected. Ten lives were lost and a local community shattered after a 17-year-old gunman opened fire at Santa Fe High School in Santa Fe, Texas. The attack comes just months after a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida.

In an effort to help with the healing that’s needed right now, we’re making our SafeSchools Training course, Managing the Aftermath of Tragedy, available to any educator, free of charge, for the next 60 days. This course, written by school safety experts Dr. Scott Poland and Dr. Donna Poland, provides valuable information on how to help your school deal with a tragedy, should one occur.

To access this free course, go to www.SafeSchools.com/Cares. Our thoughts are with the students, educators, and families in Santa Fe and the surrounding areas as they begin the healing process.

Corpus Christi ISD employees have until the end of March to complete an online course on active shooter training, Corpus Christi ISD chief of police Kirby Warnke said.

The training covers facts about school shootings, understanding how to reduce the likelihood of active shooter situations, learning evidence-based methods to improve the odds of survival during an active shooter event, and a list actions to take in the event of an active shooter situation.

Warnke said the training, which is part of the SafeSchools Training program suite created by Vector Solutions, is supplementary to a manual for staff and classroom curriculum on crises at schools. The manual was issued after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting in 2012.

The Corpus Christi ISD police department has undergone active shooter training for more than a decade. The district is among the about 150 school districts in the state that has a police department.

One of the reasons the district recently took on SafeSchools Training is to provide employees with factual data on active shooter situations in school settings, Warnke said.

“We’re firm believers in training,” he said. “(The SafeSchools training) helps dispel some myths about school shootings.”

Homicide is the second leading cause of youth ages 5 to18, according to the Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s School-Associated Violent Death Study of deaths between 1992 and 2010.

Data from the study indicates that between 1 percent and 2 percent of these deaths happen on school grounds or on the way to or from school.

The leading cause of death for children ages 1 to 14 are accidents, or unintentional injuries, according to data published by the CDC. The second leading cause of death for youth ages 15-19 is suicide, according to data published by the CDC.

A 2014 study conducted by the Department of Justice indicates there were 160 active shooter incidents in the U.S. between 2000 and 2013. Thirty-nine of those active shooter incidents, or 24 percent of them, took place in an educational environment, according to the study.

Twenty-seven of the 160 active shooter incidents took place at pre-K to12 schools, including two school board meetings.

Warnke said the district is compliant with recommendations issued to school districts by Gov. Greg Abbott but is hoping to “exceed state requirements.”

For example, schools are required to conduct three emergency response drills per school year.

“We’re doubling it next year to six drills,” Warnke said.

Abbott’s order was issued in response to the massacre at a high school in Parkland, Florida.

It states school safety audits required by state law must be completed and confirmation of thee audits’ completion must also be filed with the Texas School Safety Center.

Abbott ordered the Texas Education Agency to publish a list of school districts that have not completed their audits.

Warnke said Corpus Christi ISD will not be one of them.

RICHLAND, Wash. – Following tragic school shootings and acts of violence like we saw Wednesday in Florida, school safety is at the forefront in our society and our community.

Now the Richland School District is rolling out a new safety alert system for its students, staff and parents that aims to prevent crises before they happen.

Because of the violence we’ve seen on school campuses across the nation and in our state.

Lawmakers in Washington are requiring schools to have an outlet to report any incidents or threats to the district – anonymously.

“I think everybody’s kind of still in shock because you’re like is this really the world we live in today, it’s frightening,”

Richland school teacher and mother of three, Sarah McGrath said she’s still replaying the images from Florida’s school shooting.

“Those are somebody’s kids, that’s somebody’s faculty, that’s somebody’s grandkids,” McGrath said. “It’s catastrophic, and it’s a catastrophic ripple effect because you think that could have been us last week.”

As a response to threats on their school campuses, like Enterprise Middle School, Richland School District is implementing SafeSchools Alert system, allowing students staff parents and the community to submit anonymous tips online.

This gives the administration the knowledge and information to hopefully prevent these tragedies.

“This is just one more tool, it’s not going to solve the problem of all the things that can happen in society, but if students feel more comfortable contacting us anonymously about something they heard then so much the better,” said Steve Aagaard, RSD spokesperson.

Information or tips can be submitted by text, email, phone or on their website.

“So flood our community with this information, so kids can know they’re not going to be in trouble, they’re not going to be ostracized, that it’s a safe place to call,” McGrath said.

To make schools safer, she said thinks the anonymous tip line is a great place to start.

“But you still must have the conversation with your kids, we have to as a country figure out where do we go from here, why is this happening, and what can we do?” McGrath said.

Teachers, parents and administrators hope the anonymous alert system is at least a step in the right direction.

Richland School District is rolling out the safe school’s alert system.