Archive for January 2017

Seven Steps to a Safer Pool

Originally published in NYSIR News – Spring 2000 Whether swimming is part of physical education class, the pool is used by the swim team and open for swim meets, or it is a community resource after school hours, pool rules need to be posted, followed and enforced. Enforcing these safety measures and following regular maintenance…

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Relocating a Playground?

This article was originally published in NYSIR News – Winter 2011/2012 Plan Now to Ensure a Smooth Process in the Spring To relocate a playground, (or build a new one), select a site with an adequately sized footprint for the items. The space required for different types of playground equipment is explained in the US…

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Are Your Playgrounds and Pools ADA Compliant?

Originally published in NYSIR News Fall 2012 The United States Department of Justice recently enacted changes for new or expanded public playgrounds and new or existing public pools under the Americans With Disabilities Act (ADA).In the past, accessibility in these areas was covered by guidelines. Now accessibility is mandatory. The accessibility changes for playgrounds became…

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Securing the K-12 Network

IT departments everywhere face the challenge of finding cost-effective ways to guard against increasingly sophisticated security threats to the network. Those threats are particularly difficult to parry in a K-12 network, where protection involves highly distributed networks and diverse groups of users, including students. To compound the challenge, school districts must manage networks with many…

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The Internet: Awareness of Risks

Topics Pornography Inappropriate Access Hacking Harassment Copyright Internet Risk Management Click any topic above for more information 1.Pornography: Intentional Access Easy access to pornography is the most highly visible risk associated with providing Internet access to children. Most administrators and teachers underestimate the availability of on-line pornography. With electronic access, a single mouse click can…

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Safe Online Surfing

FEDERAL BUREAU OF INVESTIGATION – SAFE ONLINE SURFING MATERIAL AND INFORMATION As part of its longstanding crime prevention and public outreach efforts, the FBI has a free web-based initiative designed to help teachers educate students about cyber safety. It’s called the FBI-SOS (Safe Online Surfing) Internet Challenge—and it was developed with the assistance of the…

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Internet Links for Transportation

Federal Highway Administration Federal Transit Administration National Association for Pupil Transportation National Association for State Directors of Pupil Transportation Services National Transportation Safety Board National Highway Traffic Safety Administration National Safety Council Insurance Institute for Highway Safety New York Association of Pupil Transportation New York State Department of Transportation US Department of Transportation

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Useful Risk Management Internet Links

Comprehensive Public School Building Safety Program Bullying: Know Bullying mobile App Concussions: Football Helmut Ratings Concussion Toolkit Guidelines for Concussion Management in the School setting Construction Documents, Standards in Guide for Developing Emergency Operations Plans Internet: Cyber Security Tips Internet: On-line Surfing Lead Hazards in Schools, Commissioners Regulations for the Reduction of *Mail: Handling Suspicious…

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