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Safety Bulletin: June, 2003

Violence is down but the seriousness is up!

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IN THIS ISSUE:  (if bookmark feature is not supported by your email program,  please curser down to see stories)
  1. Assessing and Labels 

  2. Tips for Parents: What a parent should know about the Crisis Plan

  1. One liner - The easy way

  2. Tip for Teachers: How to have a safer classroom 

  3. What Others Say About Keys To Safer Schools.com

1. Money is Available for Crisis Planning--But you must react quickly!

Program Name: Emergency Response and Crisis Management Grant Program [Program home page]
Closing Date: June 30, 2003
This grant ranges from $50,000 to $500,000 for individual schools and districts to develop comprehensive Crisis Planning. The link above will take you to the website with complete application information. Because this is extremely short time framed, Keys Dynamic program model at: http://www.keystosaferschools.com/crisis_planning_process.htm, which can be used in your application, if you so choose.

2. Time is Short For Training Plans

     Last Call for:

  •  HOUSTON, TX--Train-the-Trainer, Potentially Dangerous Student, June 11-12
  •  ORLANDO, FL--School Violence Prevention, 3rd Annual ConferenceJune 16-17

Register today for either of these at: http://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003.htm#june03

Houston: Train-the-Trainer Certification in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS). Become certified to train others in this essential program of prevention of school violence.

Orlando: 3rd Annual National Conference on School Violence Prevention with emphasis on Bullying an Homeland Security procedures. Come and hear other professionals from around the nation discuss what they are doing to keep their schools safe.

3. Violence is Down, Except for School Staff??

The scorecard for violence in New Jersey schools is in. It shows that violent incidents are down 9%, but are they truly down? Even the Department of Education Officials are skeptical of the accuracy of the report. The largest school system, Newark, with 42,000 students had on 527 incidents while Camden with 17,00 students reported 1,481 incidents. Jersey City with 31,000 students reported 400 incidents; Trenton with 12,000 students reported 916 incidents.

Factors impacting on accuracy include the process of self reporting and the fact that these numbers will be used to identify "persistently dangerous schools" under the No Child Left Behind Program. More alarming that these questions are the numbers that show more serious incidents, such as Aggravated Assault, actually rose by 10% as did the incident of staff being the victims. School staff as victims accounted for 24% of these crimes.

New Jersey is being cited here only because this report was in the news today. The reality is that anything that happens at any school can happen at your school. The most dangerous school in the world is the one that holds to the tenet: "It could never happen here." The purpose here is to point out that:

  1. Any reporting system that relies on self-incrimination is seriously and philosophically flawed. Whenever reports can cost money, work or image problems, they should be contracted to disinterested third parties who can provide consistency across the entire sample. Keys can help. Ask those who have used our services.
  2. Violence is not going away on its own. Buying canned programs will not work. Programs cannot change People. Only People can change People. Let Keys To Safer Schools.com train your staff to become the force of change on your school campus. Look at the training available.

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4. Homeland Security Alert Codes and What they Mean to Schools

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 has been added to the 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence, for June, 16-17, 2003This 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 status.

Send one or two representative to the Conference to determine if this program is not exactly what you have been looking for with the increase of international terrorism. Or contact Keys today to schedule this training in your school before the next school year gets underway.

 The Conference will be at the Ramada Resort Maingate (just outside a popular theme park that features a large Mouse) . Plan your vacation/family travel time now. Bullying will be the central theme this year.  This training will include Trainers in the Bullying Stops When Respect Begins and the Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student Training, previously trained by Keys Staff and more... 

Trainers will include:

Lori Cimino, a native of Miami, Florida who works as a Behavioral Program Specialist in both the academic and residential departments at the Florida School for the Deaf and Blind with students K - 12th grade.  She is certified as a trainer in a variety of programs including CHAMPs: A Proactive Approach to Classroom Management, Crisis Prevention Institute, and Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student.  She will present Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student and the role that Bullying has played in acts of violence within schools.  

Frank Green, LPC is a 20+ Retired Military Officer. He was a contributing author for Military Field and Training Manuals on Rear Area Combat Operations, Counter Terrorism Procedures, Order of Battle and others that deal with gaining knowledge about and countering the activities of insurgents and terrorists. He gained expertise in identification, methods of employing and functioning of explosive devices while serving in these positions. In assignments around the world and in the United States, Frank was responsible for Risk Assessment, Threat Analysis and Security for exercises and the dignitaries (at the highest government levels) who attended.

Mike Nelson, MS, LPC, NCC a native of Miami, Florida and Director of Keys To Safer Schools.com, is a Mental Health Therapist and past military Combat Controller/Air Traffic Controller.  He is a memeber of NASRO.  As a former Director of Program Development for a Tri-County Community Mental Health Center and Assistant Director of Youth Services for a Tri-County Community Mental Health Center, he provided Clinical work with serious offender juveniles and families. He has worked with parents of school shooting victims, law enforcement officers (ex. Officer who shot student in El Cajon, California, at Granite Hills High School.) , Superintendents at Schools involved in School Shootings (ex. Superintendent of Schools in Pearl, Mississippi) teachers, students, and more.

This conference will provide two days of dynamic information that can be used in your schools immediately. This is an excellent opportunity to combine a family vacation with CEU credits and a Business Expense Trip. The Ramada Resort has proven to be an super host in past years and we look forward to another great time. Mark your calendars now for this summer's conference. Keys@keystosaferschools.com or http://keystosaferschools.com/Orlando_2003.htm

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5. Labels do not help and help does not label


Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) is a program that prevents violence by identifying students who are in need of intervention. There are some professionals who deal with other types of programs that use the term "assessing" and it means something else entirely. To help clarify the Keys program for Assessing the PDS, we liken it to the Special Education Program (see models compared). Classroom teachers regularly refer students for screening under IDEA and Section 504. They do not label the students nor perform a detailed assessment. Certain characteristics and traits are known to indicate that a child may need to be screened for the purpose of determining if the student needs help and the nature of the help needed. Similarly, Keys provides the classroom teacher (and other staff) certain characteristics and traits that have been established by extensive national research to indicate that a child may be in need of help (Early Warning Signs). When referred, a member of the Assessment Team will use the characteristics and traits and the training provided by Keys to determine if this child needs help and the nature of the help needed. Help may be Mental Health Services. Therapists will "assess" the child using a completely different set of criteria as outlined in the DSM IV.

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6. Assessing Certification may Expire Soon!
 
Check the date of your Certification to Assess using the Keys Assessment Instrument. Your certificate and your school's License to Duplicate may expire if you do receive refresher trainer within 2 years. There are three options open if this is your situation:
  1. Have Keys come to your school or region for a refresher training
  2. 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.
  3. Terminate your program for Assessing the Early Warning Signs in the Potentially Dangerous Student.

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7.   Safe and Drug Free Funds in Danger

While President Bush has asked congress for an $11Billion increase in education, he plans to cut $47Million from the Safe and Drug Free Program. This is bad news for many who have come to depend on these funds for making the schools safer places for students and teachers. There are two things that most of our schools should do immediately:

1) Call and write your representatives to let them know how important these funds are to the safety of our students and

2) begin to search elsewhere for funding sources.

Be proactive and do not wait for someone to tell you where to find the funds, start searching now. Visit the Federal Register and the home pages of government agencies connected to schools. Don't overlook private sources, such as, Wal-Mart, Target and a number of others who readily support student safety projects.

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8.   Make Plans Now -  Training Dates for School Year 03-04 are being set  

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 to: http://www.keystosaferschools.com/CriticalTraining.htm)

  •     Crisis Preparedness
  •     Homeland Security Codes for Schools
  •     Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student
  •     Anger Management/De-escalation
  •     Bullying Stops When Respect Begins

9. Tip of the Month for Parents:  What a parent should know about the Crisis Plan

 

When or if a Terror Alert Condition Red is announced, the worst possible thing a parent can do is go to the school. The confusion created by parents and other relatives rushing to the school always places their children at greater risk. Here is how to avoid this crisis within a crisis.

  1. Know about the Schools Plan. Parents and the community in general should know that the school has functioning plan to insure the safety of all children.  
  2. Do not try to know the plan. The actual plan should be known in detail only by those who will execute it. Details in the wrong hands can work against safety of the students, just know your part.
  3. Participate. The plan or portions of it should be exercised periodically.  Parents should be invited to participate. This not only builds confidence but provides input from a very important point of view.
  4. Be aware. The school cannot know and see everything. Report abandoned vehicles and suspicious people around the school or paths home. Parents on Patrol is like a Neighborhood Crime Watch but geared toward School.
  5. Ask.  Confidence is critical. If there are questions remaining, ask them.
  6. Statistics. Remember the actual numbers: your child is safer at school, especially in a crisis.
Having trouble and need some help - Contact Keys Experts for advice

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10. One-liner of the Month:

"What is easy is seldom excellent."
Johnson: Pope (Lives of the Poets)
Link

Send us your favorite one-liner today and look for it in future editions. http://keystosaferschools.com/Contact_Us_Sweepstakes.htm

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11. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  How to Provide a Safer Classroom 

  • Be aware. Know who and what belongs in your room, your school.
  • Lock it. Windows, doors, closets, desks, cabinets--if it has a lock, use it. 
  • Grade Book. Always have your Class Roster. You know all of your kids, but a Crisis play tricks with memory.
  • Know your Crisis Plan.
  • Drill. If drills are not directed, ask to help your principal set one up.
  • Shelter-in-Place Kit. Have materials stored in your classroom for the specific purpose of occupying the students in case a lock down requires your class to stay in place for an extended time.

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12.  Alternative Learning Environment (ALE): A Model Approach
          
http://keystosaferschools.com/alemodel.htm

The law of the land says that schools must establish an ALE for those students who cannot remain in a mainstream classroom, most often due to behavior. Most schools across the United States have set up some type of ALE for these students with disruptive behavior but stop short of addressing the whole student. Many are struggling with meager resources and even the theories behind such alternatives. Keys To Safer Schools.com has helped a number of Districts develop and operate an Alternative Learning Environment. These efforts have been successful through a MODEL APPROACH that provides for the needs of the student in 4 major areas: First and foremost is Academic, followed equally by a Behavior Component, Staff Training and Systems Elements. If you are no longer focused on academics, you are no longer a school. If Behavioral issues are not addressed and Staff are not trained specifically in managing behaviors, the students will fail in the alternative setting as surely as they failed in the mainstream. Lastly, systems elements such as policies, procedures and guidelines are absolutely essential to keep the alternative experience brief and goal oriented. To learn more about the Keys Model for Alternative Schools, go to: http://keystosaferschools.com/alemodel.htm

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13.  Reach Out

"There was no body for me to talk to. No one cared" This is a repeated statement from almost all the school shooters and many others who get into serious trouble. Teachers, counselors and others say that it is not true because the school is full of caring people. But the issue is, do the ones who need us the most know that we care. They lack our social skills of reaching out, so it is we who must initiate contact and reach out to every student.

The one you least want to, is probably the one who needs you the most.

Tell us your story and look for it in up-coming issues - click here!

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14.  What Others Say About Keys To Safer Schools.com - http://keystosaferschools.com/WhatOthersAreSaying.htm

 

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What Others Say About Us! The best advertisement is word of mouth. We truly appreciate the many kind and encouraging 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 these comments. Please feel free to contact any of them that you recognize. If you have a comment about Keys To Safer Schools.com and would like to share it with others, please email it to us and we will place it on the site. To read some comments click here ->http://keystosaferschools.com/WhatOthersAreSaying.htm

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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 arrangement.

If anyone has questions or desires more information about this training opportunity contact us 877.978.7678.

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16. Keys Can Now Accept Your Check On-line

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.

  • Swipe test: 

  • Date Rape Drug Testers: 

  • Alcohol Testers

  • Street Drugs: Parents trying to help their child get off drugs...we can help.

  • Juvenile Probation: No more urine...saliva swab tester now available...

For information or to place an order, go to: http://keystosaferschools.com/MaterialsOrderingPg3.htm

Contact us today at (800) 504-7355 or email us at the address below to set up your account for using Purchase Orders.

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17.  Contact Information....

Keys To Safer Schools.com website is at http://www.KeysToSaferSchools.com.
Contact: Mike Nelson or Frank Green at
keys@KeysToSaferSchools.com or call local (501)847-2596, "toll free"
(800)504-7355.

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