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1. Mobile, Alabama received more than a week of training
Crawford, Mobile County Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator,
over six full days of professional training presented by Keys. Close to
300 Administrators crowded into Vigor High School auditorium to learn the
impact on them of terrorist threats to America and some practical
applications at the school level of Homeland
Security's Alert Color codes. Thirty new trainers were
certified in Bullying Stops when Respect Begins after two days of
intensive training. This was followed with an in-service training for over
80 teachers, counselors and administrators during which the newly
commissioned trainers presented skits to aid the learning process. The
week wrapped up with 40+ people attending Certification training for two
days to become trainers in Anger Management/De-escalation. During the week
of activity, Keys staff was interviewed and the training featured twice on
television stations 10 and 15.
After 26 years in education, I have finally attended a workshop that gave
me practical information that I can put into practice in my classroom
tomorrow." A comment caught on tape from an attendee.
2. Alternative Program Training Available
As Alternative Learning Environments are being established in more schools
daily, Keys has been asked to assist in more direct training and services
for these "alternative schools." The staff at Keys has been
involved in setting up and helping operate these types of schools for many
years and are glad to make this expertise available through our ALE Model (http://www.keystosaferschools.com/alemodel.htm).
If your school has an alternative setting or is considering starting one,
contact Keys today to learn how we can help.
for Crisis Response
to see how this model ties different components together and allows
schools to choose only those elements that they actually need. If your
school needs to re-look at your Crisis Plan, check out the
school needs and should have a Crisis Response Plan. All too often these
are canned documents that have been purchased to fulfill a legal
requirement and they sit on shelf for inspection, never read, never
tried. Sometimes, school officials take on the task and write a plan on
their own. But without a framework or outside help, they are as
successful as their students would be with a Math book but no teacher.
Parts will be very well done and other parts will not be considered
while some will not work in a real emergency. There are many
organizations that sell Crisis Plans to schools, but Keys does not.
provides training and expert guidance so that schools can develop their
own Plan. This system follows a proven model that insures all areas are
addressed and the best solution put into place before a Crisis emerges.
|4. Homeland Security
Alert Codes and What they Mean to Schools
Orange or is it
Yellow. What exactly should my
school do differently? What if we go to
Code Red? Should we send all the
students home? Do we lock the doors and wait for something? What?
OK, so you know that the
nation is at
Keys To Safer Schools.com
has developed a guide and a training program to provide schools with
measures that can be implemented within budget, practical and community
In response to current events and your
requests, a special presentation on
Homeland Security Codes and how to
translate them into practical actions for schools to implement will be
September 5, 2003 in Plainfield, IN as a Interactive Distance
Learning workshop. It is being sponsored by
West Central Indiana Ed. Serv Ctr. and
Ctr of Interactive Learning & Collaboration.
Distance Learning Labs interested in participating with this training
please call Keys for more info. This topic is also available to be
presented in your school or region as a detailed
examination of what actions can and should be implemented in your
specific school should the United States go to Orange or Red Alert
5. New Trainers Getting Training
Two sets of trainers
recently certified in the Houston PDS training are launching their own
training programs. The Ft. Worth Police Department will commence training
their staff to identify the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) next week
under the direction of Keys Certified Trainer Sgt. Kathi Jones. Further south in
Conroe, Texas under the tutorage of Keys Certified Trainer
Chief William Harness
will start their own training in this vital subject the following week. We
congratulate these proactive trainers and encourage all who have been the
Train-the-Trainer for PDS conference to contact them and wish them well---and then
follow their example. If you are having difficulty getting your program up
and running, contact Keys today for help.
Learn how to become a PDS Trainer
Don't get caught in a bind and let your
Certification to Assess lapse. Keys will be holding yet another Train-the-Trainer in
Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) in
(3miles for Indianapolis, In Airport)
on September 25-26, 2003
Houston, Texas on October 28-29,
2003. One person from your school can attend this course then return and
conduct Certification Training and 2-year refresher training for your
entire school. Should all Certified Assessment Team Members lapse, your
school will not be able to conduct assessments nor maintain the
There are only three options open if you are
approaching the 2-year renewal time:
- Have Keys come to your school or region for a refresher
- Send at least one person to the Train-the-Trainer in
Houston, TX who can return and present the refresher
training in-house to your Assessors.
- Terminate your program for Assessing the Early Warning Signs
in the Potentially Dangerous Student.
Make plans now to obtain this valuable training and
certification for your school.
Enforcement Certified Training
is pleased to announce that efforts are underway by Law Enforcement
agencies to have our PDS training and others Certified by State
Training Academies for professional training credit. Over the years
Keys has trained many SRO's and other Law Enforcement officers.
We have received much praise from them and are extremely honored that
they would think highly enough of our training to go through this
lengthy and difficult task of having it accepted as among the best
available to their ranks. Keeping checking out web site for the final
8. Make Plans
Now - School
Year 03-04 is upon us!!|
Contact Keys and make your plans today for
training your staff next year. Staff Training and in-service
dates are being set, so act now to schedule the training your
need on those dates. Here are some suggestions:
(for more details and other trainings go
Crisis Preparedness [Are you prepared for what could happen?]
Homeland Security Codes for Schools [So, what does Code Orange
mean at my school?]
Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student [Train a trainer
then train your staff yourself]
Anger Management/De-escalation [How do you break up a fight and
not be sued or hurt]
Bullying Stops When Respect
Begins [If you don't have a problem, you have not asked the kids]
Tip of the Month for
Teach Your Children How to
Solve Their Problems|
Many kids fight because they have no idea that there are other ways
to solve their problems. There are other ways, but they do not come
naturally, this must be taught;
- Look at all the
possibilities. Often a
child sees only one possible action to be taken, but there are always
more. When first starting this process, leave none out when making
- Consider the Consequence of Each possibility.
Every action has some sort of reaction or pay-off. Consider what that
will be for each possible action.
Choose the one that best fits you.
Just because something worked well for a friend does not mean
that it will work well for everyone.
- Do it. The
world is full of people who know what to do but never do it. Act on
your best choice. If it does not work out, don't back up. Start the
process again from where you are now.
One-liner of the Month:
On the subject of the school's
violence prevention program:
the vision, or catch the bus."Send us your
favorite one-liner today and look for it in future
Fuller, Chief of Police, Austin ISD
11. Tip of
the Month for Teachers: How
to Handle Angry Students
that Anger is a secondary emotion. Look for the underlying
Control yourself first. The stress and bottled up
anger in your own life may spill over into the classroom.
Control the Situation. Remove the
audience, separate students who are determined to be angry with each
other, send for help, do not become another victim.
the Combatants. Speak with authority, speak slowly and softly,
defer to the rules, call them by name, give them clear instructions as
to what you want from them.
to Normal. Get the classroom back to normal as soon as
these on your calendar and register today or call or email to set up a
training at your school or in your community.
Ft. Walton Beach, FL:
Okaloosa County Schools--Behavior Planning and the Level System, Aug
Indianapolis, Indiana: Homeland Security and the Schools -
Distance Learning, September 5, 2003
Ft. Lauderdale, FL
- Bullying Stops when Respect Begins (train-the-trainer), September
Mobile, AL - MPSS - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins (student
assembly), October 6-10, 2003
Greencastle, Indiana: West Central Indiana Ed. Serv Ctr
Train-the-Trainers PDS, October 16-17, 2003
Houston, TX: Harris
County Department of Education--Train-the-Trainers PDS, October
and more... check our
of Events page
Schedule a training for you School or Community--email
or call 800-504-7355
Security Site of the Week
Keys To Safer Schools.com
was selected by the Homeland Security Newsletter as the recommended
of the Week for the week of July 4, 2003. With over 1000 pages of
information, our website continues to grow to meet the needs of today's
schools, students, staff, administration and parents. Your searching,
reading and recommending our website have led to this honor and we wish
to express our thanks for the many kind words of praise that our readers
have said of us. We pledge to continue to strive to meet your needs and
offer only the best of practical solutions.
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words said about us by those of you who have attended one of our
training's or received another service from us. Those who are
considering one of our services might find it helpful to review some of
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|15. Co-sponsor a
Training Seminar. http://KeysToSaferSchools.com/CoSponsoranEvent.htm
Would you like to have a training event in your school
or local area but fear that you do not have the participation or budget
to do so? Keys has a program just for you! Co-sponsor an open
training event by arranging a meeting place, supplying some equipment
for the presentation and assisting us in getting the word out about the
event in your area. Keys will do their part. The Co-sponsor will
receive two training slots FREE!! It is a Win - Win
If anyone has questions or desires more information about this training
opportunity contact us 877.978.7678.
16. Keys Can Now Accept Your Check
When ordering training, materials or the testers below,
you can write a check on-line as simply as writing one at your local
grocery store. Look for the "pay by check" option button
and follow the instructions. It is easy, it is secure and it is
available now. Some of the latest innovations in drug testing are
available through Keys and our new check option. Check out the
ones listed below.
Date Rape Drug
Drugs: Parents trying to help their child get off drugs...we
Probation: No more urine...saliva swab tester now
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an order, go to: http://keystosaferschools.com/MaterialsOrderingPg3.htm
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