is Short For Training Plans
Last Call for:
TX--Train-the-Trainer, Potentially Dangerous Student, June
FL--School Violence Prevention, 3rd Annual Conference, June
Register today for either of these at: http://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003.htm#june03
Certification in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS).
Become certified to train others in this essential program of prevention
of school violence.
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.
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:
those who have used our services.
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.
at the training available.
- 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.
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, 2003 . 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 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.
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.
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
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
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
, we liken it to the Special Education Program (see
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
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
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.
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:
Have Keys come to your school
or region for a refresher training
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
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
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
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
Plans Now - Training Dates for School Year 03-04 are
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
Homeland Security Codes for Schools
Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student
Bullying Stops When Respect Begins
Tip of the Month for
Parents: What a parent should know
about the Crisis Plan
or if a Terror Alert Condition
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.
- 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.
- 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.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.
- 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.
Confidence is critical. If there are questions remaining, ask them.
Remember the actual numbers: your child is safer at school,
especially in a crisis.
One-liner of the Month:
"What is easy is
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one-liner today and look for it in future editions. http://keystosaferschools.com/Contact_Us_Sweepstakes.htm
Johnson: Pope (Lives of the Poets)
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
Know your Crisis Plan.
Drill. If drills are not
directed, ask to help your principal set one up.
. 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
Learning Environment (ALE): A Model
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
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
The one you least want to, is probably the one who needs
you the most.
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story and look for it in up-coming issues - click
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|15. Co-sponsor a Training
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.
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trying to help their child get off drugs...we can help.
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more urine...saliva swab tester now available...
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