Public School Works
April Newsletter | 2015
Safety News

In This Issue

When It Comes to School Safety, Physical Security Isn’t Enough

April Awareness Observances

Meet the NEW Online SDS Education Binder

Twice the Reasons to Celebrate!


Relationships matter, especially those we share with school administrators.

Stop by our booth at an upcoming conference to learn why 100% of U.S. school districts that use our EmployeeSafe and StudentWatch suites renew their licenses year after year. We hope to see you at:

SCASBO/SASBO Spring Conference, Booth P7
4/13-4/17 in Myrtle Beach, SC

KASBO Annual Convention, Booth TBD
4/15-4/17 in Wichita, KS

OASBO Annual Convention, Booth #417
4/16 in Columbus, OH

Annual CASBO Spring Convention, Booth 70
4/22-4/23 in Broomfield, CO

Ill. ASBO Annual Conference, Booth TBD
4/28-5/01 in Schaumburg, IL

Testimonial of the Month

“It's people like you and the WORKS staff that makes me realize how lucky and safe Great Oaks is because of your efforts. The automated management of training and safety inspections do make a difference and I often hear them mentioned in conversations around our campuses. I would imagine on your end you don't see the positive payoffs of your efforts, but I do."

Coordinator of Health, Safety and Security
Great Oaks Career Campuses (OH)

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When It Comes to School Safety, Physical Security Isn’t Enough

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 comprehensive timeline – after an event.

Jason P. Nance, assistant professor at the University of Florida – Levin College of Law in Gainesville, feels administrators should support programs that build trust and collective responsibility over only opting for strict security measures (use of physical security). Specifically, his viewpoint article, published in the Emory Law Journal and summarized in his article for ASCD’s Educational Leadership, cautions when considering how to spend security related funds:

  1. Heightened security measures that rely on devices do not aid, and sometimes even erode, the creation of positive, caring learning environments.
  2. Low-income students and minority students are disproportionately exposed to strict security measures, with the disparity broadening as more funding is applied to equipment purchases.
  3. Physical security measures do not address the cause of the behavior or conflicts, making prevention nearly impossible.

At PublicSchoolWORKS, we know that physical security measures combined with effective safety and security training is the best way to protect students and staff. Districts need to be trained to understand the physical security measures at their disposal and need to be aware of the drills that need to be practiced in order to prepare staff to take action in the event of a crisis. The combination of these initiatives ideally prepares schools to minimize or prevent injury or worse. Tom Strasburger, VP marketing and sales at PublicSchoolWORKS, outlines successful strategies for districts emergency response preparedness in the Spring ’15 issue of SEEN Magazine available April 10th.

April Awareness Observances

Between the April showers, there are many “observances of the month” events that your school may wish to promote. The below web links provide access to FREE resources such as fact sheets, activities and tools, to make it easier for educators to create awareness in their schools, Autism Awareness Month.

Child Abuse Prevention month

Alcohol Awareness Month (this year’s theme is early education on alcoholism and addiction)

Food Health Awareness Month (April 7th is World Health Day)

  • The 2015 theme of World Health Day is "Food Safety."
  • Facts on food safety and technical resources

Mathematics Awareness Month

Youth Sports Safety Month & Sports Eye Safety Month

Coming in early May

  • May 1-7: National Physical Education and Sports Week
  • May 2-8: Children’s Mental Health Awareness Week
  • May 2-8: North American Occupational Safety and Health Awareness Week

Twice the Reasons to Celebrate!

Al Gille, Coordinator of Health, Safety and Security at Great Oaks Career Campuses in Cincinnati, OH, was selected a finalist (the winner will be chosen in June) in Campus Safety magazine’s Safety Director of the Year Awards! A spotlight on Gille was featured in the March issue. We are thrilled that PSW is part of their comprehensive multi-campus safety strategy, and that one of our customers has received this professional recognition for the work he’s accomplished!

Also, we love to hear what you think of our Client Services Team, and how they handle your implementations, requests, and questions. We’re biased, but we think they do a terrific job. We’re excited to receive recognition with a 2015 Bronze Stevie Award for Customer Service Department of the Year for Public Services & Education!