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Communicating Effectively Through Emergency Messages

This article was originally published in NYSIR News Fall 2010 School district mass notification systems are indispensable when you need to keep the entire school community informed if an emergency occurs. Messages that address various scenarios should be created in advance and stored for future use. Being prepared saves time when every minute counts and…

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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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Guide for Developing Emergency Operations Plans

Do you have a high quality operation plan in place in case of a school emergency? If so, that’s great, but you might want to compare it against this plan prepared for the U.S. Department of Education. If not, you should, and you might find this guide very valuable. Guide for Developing High Quality School…

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Crisis Management Resources

DHS Launches New Active Shooter Preparedness Page Link to their new web site Active Shooter Page Project Save All school district emergency management plans must be in compliance with the components of Project SAVE. Link for the Guidance Document for School Safety Planning (including information for School Safety Teams & Plans) Click here for Safety…

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Preventing Educator Sexual Misconduct

Originally published in NYSIR News Summer 2013 NYSIR Forum on Best Practices and Sexual-boundary Ethics A startling 4.5 million students in U.S. schools are subjected to sexual abuse by teachers and other school employees over the course of their K-12 educations, according to risk management and academic experts, who agree that transparency, professional training and…

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Tools to Stop Bullying: Free Training Tool Kit

At its annual Federal Partners in Bullying Prevention Summits , we hear the same call every year–teachers want to help stop bullying, but they don’t know how. Training in bullying prevention is available, but much of it is expensive or based on dated research. That’s why the Department of Education and its Safe and Supportive Technical Assistance Center set out to create a free, state-of-the-art…

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Approaches to Avoid Bullying

This six-minute video features Dr. Catherine Bradshaw, a national expert in bullying prevention. She discusses approaches to avoid in bullying prevention and response. This “public service video” that relates to the need for assessment of culture and effective approaches used by districts…. . It makes good points about student mental health. It underscores the danger…

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KnowBullying Mobile App

The federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has launched KnowBullying, a free smartphone app that provides parents, caretakers and educators information and support to address youth bullying. The KnowBullying mobile app, developed in collaboration with the federal partnership StopBullying.gov, is available for iPhone and Android users. Key features include: How to start…

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