Archive for January 2017

International Travel Alerts

U.S. Department of State – International Travel Alerts and Warnings This site contains travel alerts and warnings issued by the State Department. Schools often sponsor overseas travel during spring breaks. Please check this site for the latest travel advisories from the U.S. Department of State. Link to: State Department Travel Warnings

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Student Field Trip Management

Originally published in NYSIR News – Spring 1997 Spring Is Here: Flowers Bloom, Birds Sing, Children Are At Risk As we begin to get over the doldrums of being pent up inside during the winter, our thoughts turn to the outside with enthusiasm. Days grow longer and brighter, birds migrate north and begin to nest,…

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Tips For Drivers That Can Save A Child’s Life

Originally published in NYSIR News – Spring 1997 Surprising, as it may seem, most child-related fatalities on school buses don’t occur in bad weather. Nor do they occur as a result of a moving accident. According to statistics compiled by the Pupil Transportation Safety Institute, four of every five children killed in school bus accidents…

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Security for the School Administration Building

This articles was originally published in NYSIR News – Winter 2011 A recent Florida news story featured a segment which showed an irate attendee firing shots during a school board meeting. Even one such incident is a reminder of the need for security measures for the administration building and all school board and other meetings…

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Low Cost Security & Safety Measures

Here are a variety of school safety and security measures that may be implemented at little or no cost and without the use of complex technology. Follow this link: http://www.ncef.org/pubs/low_cost_measures.pdf Prepared under a grant from the U.S. Department of Education, Office of Safe and Drug-Free Schools ©2008, National Institute of Building Sciences – National Clearinghouse…

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Aerial Lift Safety

In the wake of a $77,000 fine levied against the University of Notre Dame related to a fatal accident involving a student in an aerial lift filming a football game, NYSIR has issued an alert to its subscribers to prohibit anyone under 18 from using such a lift for district-related purposes. Operators of aerial lifts being used…

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What Safety Committees Can Do

The school safety committee function is often combined with other required committees operating within a district to ensure compliance with different laws, such as Project SAVE or Project RESCUE. Committees can be formed on both the district and building-level committees – such as required under Project SAVE. In some districts, the safety committee stands alone…

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Causation

The plaintiff in a playground injury case will not automatically establish a school’s liability by proving that an unsafe condition or practice existed on the playground. If the school’s conduct did not cause the injury, it cannot be held liable even if a serious defect exists. For example: A child falls from a slide ladder…

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