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- Zero Tolerance Strikes Again
Violence in the News
- School Site Safety
- Learn how to become a PDS Trainer
for Students: Be
a friend, gain a friend.
Partnership, NEW Products
- Why Won't Johnny Sit
Helping children improve Self-Esteem
for Teachers: Pt
Coming Training Opportunities
Security Site of the Week
Others Say About Keys
Training In Your Area
Now Accepts Checks On-line -
Tolerance Strikes Again
student is out of school as the latest victim of ZERO
Zero Tolerance as a
management style sounds good and is accepted by some officials in
education, law enforcement and juvenile justice. The only problem is
that it is counterproductive. In the latest case, a student was
expelled for writing a fictional story about a student who fell
asleep in Math class and dreamed about shooting a teacher but awoke
and knew it was just a dream and went on to the next class. In
another case a student was expelled for drawing a stick figure
shooting another stick figure. The school did not stop to learn that
the stick figure was a US Marine fighting in Iraq or that the
student's father and step-father are both currently involved in that
conflict. Students see this type of action as not caring about them
personally and this strengthens the "wall of silence." To
read the full article go to:
Violence in the News
our last Safety Bulletin, a 15-year-old Bronx student was shot in
front of his school. Another 15-year-old student in South Africa
was stabbed to death on campus by another student. Our nation's
capital witnessed a high school football player gunned down as he
exited his Washington, DC high school. A Kentucky school had to
put its crisis team into action to set up a plan to handle a
shooting death of a very popular 2nd grade teacher. As ripples
reach every inch of pond's shore, these violent incidents impact
every student in some adverse way.
see a collective list of some 20+ events of violence in and around
our schools since August 2003, go to this link: http://www.keystosaferschools.com/violence03.htm
This list is not complete because other events crowd such stories
out of the news spotlight. If you know of a violent incident that
impacted a school, write to Keys and include a news source if
Site Safety Survey
school is secure. We have an absolute control on visitors. You
will not be able to enter my school." Fifteen minutes
after this boast by a principal to one of Keys' Safety Surveyors
(with approval from the
another entered that school through a locked door that was kept
propped open for ease of teachers passing from one building to the
next. He proceeded to enter a room full of teachers waiting for a
meeting, but none of them asked for any identification. This
operative engaged children in conversation and gained unobserved
entrance into the cafeteria to include the kitchen. Had he been a
vandal or a terrorist, what might he have placed in the food that
your students and teachers would have consume the next day? This
individual went to the office but entered by the rear door and
engaged the secretary in conversation for a few minutes before she
realized this was a visitor who had not signed-in.
your school any different? Do you have the simplest passive measures
in-place to stop the unauthorized entry into your school by
person's unknown? If you are not sure, or you need verification of
your security measures, contact Keys to arrange a
Survey of your facility.
learn more about this program, go to:
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has developed a guide
and a training
program to provide schools with measures that can be implemented
within budget and community restraints. To learn more about
the risk our schools face as Soft-Targets click
Human feces was
one of the first poisons used against others. It remains in use
today. Smeared on spikes and sharpened poles, it produces a wound
that will become horribly infected rather quickly. Feces
contain many harmful bacteria. Some of these can be grown in
culture and introduced in water and food supplies. Most schools
and other commercial buildings are fitted with a "back-flow
prevention valve" system to protect the cities water supply.
However, these valves are usually readily accessible, above
ground, and provide a means for introducing any foreign substance
into the buildings water supply. Very few of these valves are
locked or secured in any manner because there was no thought of
terrorism when they were installed. Look around your school and
see if you can locate such a valve. Then ask, How are we
protecting our water supply?
What would your
school do if confronted with a terrorist attack using bio/chemical
how to become a PDS Trainer
mile from Rocky Mount, NC)
on November 6-7, 2003. This is an opportunity for you to be
Certified or have someone from your school Certified as a Trainer
in this most unique program for identifying students who are in
need of help and which provides training on determining what help
they need most. Your entire staff can then be trained in-house to
know what the Early
& Imminent Warning signs are and to whom they should
report if they observe any of them. If you or your school already
use this program, this training will serve as your 2-year
refresher and Certify you to conduct the refresher/renewal
training for all other Risk
Assessment Team members in your school. This is a
tremendous cost savings over having to send staff members for
renewals. Make plans now before these classes fills up.
will be holding yet another Train-the-Trainer in Assessing
the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) in Battleboro,
Research shows the
Number One Way to Prevent Being Bullied is to have Friends.
The more friends
you have, the less likely you and; your friends are to be
bullied. If you have a difficult time making friends, remember
the best way is to be a friend first. Do for someone else what
you would like for them to do for you. Talk about things that
interest the other person as well as talking about your own
interest. Try to learn as much as you can from your new friend.
You will find this to be rewarding experience.
Products: Interactive Library
is pleased to announce a full partnership with Interactive
Library Series. The initial offering includes both personal
and school use products. These CD's will automatically start
playing on your computer once they are inserted. The user will
then be offered a variety of selections from a high quality
graphic menu. Depending on the topic and the user's selection, a
video scenario or instructions will unfold in DVD quality video.
By working through one of these programs, students will learn
techniques and new ideas for staying safe and being successful.
Topics include Bullying, Sex, ADHD, Violence against Women,
Recruiting and other relevant topics. New projects are in the
works now so keep watching. At just $39.95 the CD
and Workbook on ADHD will be a valuable addition to any
library of resource material. To learn more or to order, go to: http://www.keystosaferschools.com/MaterialsOrderingPg6.htm#ADHD
Won't Johnny Sit Still !!
When you ask him, you get the same answer every
time, "I don't know." What does he mean by that?
Do you get totally exhausted day after day with this type of
behavior? What can you do?
Keys To Safer Schools.com offers a training
called Behavior Modification Planning that is designed to provide
school counselors and others concrete techniques for changes
inappropriate behavior to more socially acceptable behavior for the
classroom. This training bridges the gap between therapy and
education and provides proven, practical techniques. If your are
faced with disruptive behaviors and find it almost impossible to
teach until something is done, contact Keys today. To learn
more about this program, go to:
http://www.keystosaferschools.com/WorkshopsPg1.htm#BEHAVIOR MODIFICATION PLANNING
of the Month for Parents:
Helping you Child Improve their Self-Esteem
What is Self-Esteem? Self-Esteem can be defined as a
positive image of oneself, yet words listed like "narcissism" and
"self-conceit," have a less than positive over-tone. Where
do we draw the line between a positive, confident sense of oneself
and a selfish and self-serving attitude? At the other end of
the spectrum, poor self-esteem is blamed for everything from drug
abuse to school shootings. Parents - The foundations of ones
appropriate self-esteem are laid early in life.
Unconditional love and support will help your child react out to
the world and grow in confidence. Please don't forget that
Unconditional Love is at times "tough love", many parents miss
that point. We love are children unconditionally but we
still correct and discipline them. So how do we help
our children Develop Appropriate Self-Esteem. Let's look at
* Through our Love &
Support of them
* By focusing on their potential not
(only make promises you
skills & help them pursue interests *
Use visualization to see their successes, like athletes
Help them develop friends through fostering opportunities
(ex. getting them involved in positive groups)
* Be their for them when they need you
* Dad's be there for them
Discipline them like a
good Coach disciplines his team to succeed.
* But above all...LOVE AND SUPPORT THEM.
Having trouble and need some help - Contact Keys
Experts for advice
One-liner of the Month:
"Watch your thoughts for they become words;
watch your words for they become actions;
watch your actions for they become habits;
watch your habits for they become character;
watch your character for it becomes your destiny"
Linda Woodson, 4th Grade Counselor
Send us your favorite
one-liner today and look for it in future editions.
Lake Hamilton Schools
Tip of the Month for Teachers: Month
4 - Methods for decreasing and/or eliminating severe behaviors
do I stop the behaviors that Johnny is exhibiting over and over in
class?" We will
take this topic and do a mini-series on it for a six month period.
This is month three of the series. You may refer to past
E-News' to learn about Extinction, Time-out
& Satiation. If you need help faster, there
are two trainings that help in this area; Behavioral
Modification Planning and Alternative
Learning Environment a
Level System (this
training comes with forms, polices, a complete Level System so you
can hit the ground running and more...).
There are 6 basic ways to decrease or eliminate severe behaviors.
Satiation, (4) Punishment, (5) Reinforcement
of incompatible behaviors, and (6) Desensitization.
Let's briefly deal with Punishment.
Punishment - Punishment is
perhaps the most misunderstood and emotional explosive of the
behavior modification techniques. It is an intervention used
to decrease or eliminate an inappropriate behavior.
There are TWO distinct forms of punishment that the teacher may
consider with students. The first is
Addition. This one is more commonly understood...it
is the addition of an aversive stimulus (sometimes unpleasant) as a
consequence of a behavior. It can be either physical or
psychological. ex. reprimands, extra work, detention.
The second form is Subtraction .
It is the subtraction of something the child perceives as
desirable. ex. taking away previously earned tokens or points or
sometime a privilege.
Punishment is effective for obtaining short-term goals. If
punishment is used teachers should adhere to the following:
* Specify & communicate the punishable behavior by means of
* Post the rules & review them
(put them in a positive light - not: "don't talk" but "Sit
* Provide models of acceptable behavior, to include you!
(Watch backbiting or putting other teachers down)
* Apply punishment immediately (if you are mad...wait to
apply it...apply it in love and in support of the child)
* Apply punishment consistently, not whimsically.
* Be fair in using the punishment (no favorites)
Having trouble and need some help - Contact Keys
Experts for advice
these on your calendar and register today or call or email to set
up a training at your school or in your community.
NC - PDS: NC Dept of Public
Inst & Rocky Mount Prep Sc (train-the-trainer),
November 6-7, 2003
AR - Schools, Terrorism and Homeland Security, November
more... check our Calendar
of Events page
or Co-Sponsor 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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