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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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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