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Safety Bulletin: April 2003

Condition Red: What does that mean to my school?

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IN THIS ISSUE:  (if bookmark feature is not supported by your email program,  please curser down to see stories)
  1. Train-the-Trainers - Houston, Texas:
      Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student
  2. Is your Certification Expiring
  3. Train-the-Trainers: Bullying--St Augustine, FL
  4. Founders Honored by University
  5. Time to Plan Summer Training
  1. Tips for Parents: How do I get my ADHD child to do anything?,
  2. One liner by Mike Nelson
  3. Tip for Teachers: Alternatives to Self-Defeating beliefs
  4. What Others Say About Keys To Safer
  5. Co-sponsor A Training In Your Area
1. Homeland Security Codes: How are they applied in schools

Condition Yellow, Condition Orange, Condition Red>>> Ok, the Department of Homeland Security has evaluated all the intelligence and issued the proper Alert Code, now what?? Does it seem that the websites and letters from the DHS are in a language not spoken by your school? Well, Now there is a translation! Keys has developed a document which can be added to your existing Crisis Plan to explain actions to be taken at each level of Alert.  There is even a matrix to make it even easier to understand the steps to take.

For more information go to:
To Download a FREE Handout on "What school should do under the Homeland Security System - Severe Level":


HOUSTON, TEXAS, JUNE 11-12, 2003 is the next training scheduled for you to become a Trainer for Certifying others in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS).

Chief Pat Fuller - Chief of the Austin (Texas) Independent School District Police Department
Mike Nelson, MS, LPC, NCC - Director of Program Development and Instructions

This is the training that you have asked for and have been waiting to attend.  Previously, Keys staff were the only trainers, but due to the increasing demand and the need to reduce costs within a district/organization Keys is making this shift. If you accept our offer to become a Trainer in this program, which features our Nationally used and highly unique scored Assessment Instrument, you will be one of the first. This training will allow your district/organization to train you to be a trainer.  The Trainer then can train and Keys will certify the entire Assessment Team without additional training cost. The cost for this train-the-trainers event is only $260. Early bird registration is available until May 9, 2003 at just  $225. To learn more go to: or click to open flyer to print. To see a video & written recommendations from previous attendee/Trainers -> click here

Added Bonus: This training may make you eligible to become a Trainer in the Keys Associate Program and help us to reach others all over the county who need help assessing their Potentially Dangerous Students (PDS). For more information or to apply, go to:

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.
  3. Terminate your program for Assessing the Early Warning Signs in the Potentially Dangerous Student.


4. Train-the-Trainer:  Bullying Stops When Respect Begins 

The Florida School for the Deaf and Blind in St. Augustine, Florida will host a Multi-County training (St. Johns County School District  & Clay County Public Schools) for trainers in Bullying Stops When Respect Begins. There are a limited number of training slots open for individuals outside the these counties. This program focuses and the 4 Domains of Bullying: 

  The Bully   The Victim   The School   The Parents

To learn more about this training, go to March issue #7. To register for the training go to: or click to open flyer to print. 


5. Keys Founders Honored -

April 17, 2003 Keys To Safer founders, Mike Nelson and Frank Green are being inducted into the Henderson Academy, an honors organization for distinguished alumni of Henderson State University. In a first ever move by the University, both men are being inducted as a team to signify the unique team effort that has resulted in Keys To Safer and the thousands that have received services through their tireless work on behalf of school safety.

"I never dreamed of an honor like this," Nelson said. "I was just trying to help schools be safer places for kids to learn."

Letter May 6, 2003; from Robert E. Houston, Vice President for Academic Affairs

I wanted to take a moment to thank you for sharing your time with us last month during our fourth annual Founder's Day celebration.  I have received many positive comments from our students and faculty about your presence on our campus, and I hope that your experience here was meaningful as well.

We really enjoyed having you back on campus for what has become yet another Henderson tradition.  This is indeed a special place.  your presence as a former student and as a new member of the Henderson Academy continues to bring distinction to Henderson State University.


6. 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence: Added Emphasis on Homeland Security Alert Codes 

The 3rd Annual Conference on School Violence is scheduled at the Ramada Resort Maingate (just outside a popular theme park that features a large Mouse) for June, 16-17, 2003. 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...  

In response to current events and your requests, a special seminar has been added to present Homeland Security Codes and how to translate them into practical actions for schools to implement.

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.  

Patrick Henry O'Brien is an attorney, School Board Member and an Assistant Prosecutor. He will be discussing Bully, Schools and the Law. He has experienced the rigors of school actions that result in litigation over bullying and seeing precious resources used for years of appeals.

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, 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. or


7.   Second Class of PDS Trainers is a Super Success
PDS Attendees - Cabot, AR

Cabot, AR: The second class of Train-the-Trainers in Certifying for Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) completed their training on March 13  with the excitement and an eagerness to get back to work as with the first class.

"Cutting Edge information.  This information allow for immediate identification [of students that need help quick].  It removes the Fear Factor by providing an easily implemented plan [Risk Assessment Model].  I highly recommend this training for individuals that work with At-Risk Kid's."  Lori Lamb, East Hills Middle School

The Keys staff was delighted to see professionals from across the state of Arkansas lingering after the training to exchange addresses, ideas and encouragement.

PDS Attendees - Cabot, AR

"This was an excellent training. Most in-services have bits of information I can use.  This one was 2 days full of helpful information.  I would recommend it to anyone.  I especially appreciate the willingness of the instructors to answer questions and share personal experiences.  GREAT TRAINING!"  Melissa Lampinen, Cedarville High School

Word of mouth from others in your profession is always the best endorsement, such as:

"Very Good workshop and information - it was much NEEDED!!  The expertise of the Trainers was great!"  Mary Thompson, High School Counselor - Berryville School District

PDS Attendees - Cabot, AR

And finally, from SRO and Safe School Coordinator, Mary Beth Whipkey, ALE/L.S.W. Greenwood School District - "The Instructors were very knowledgeable in MANY areas."

And the emails are still coming in daily! To see video and other comments from members of this class of trainers, go to: .   Plan now to be in the next class -> See Calendar

8.   Summer is Coming: Make Plans Now -  

This school year will end soon. June is being filled with requests for training, so make your plans today and contact Keys To Safer Schools. com to schedule your End of Year (or beginning of next year) training for your staff. Safe and Drug Free grant money has been applied to every training offered. Here are some suggestions: (for more details and other trainings go to:

  •     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:  How do I get my ADHD child to do anything?
  1. Assign no more than 3 things at once, if necessary no more than 1.
  2. Time your inspections to catch him/her doing something right and praise their effort.
  3. Insure success: assign simple tasks occasionally just so they will likely succeed. 
  4. Break larger assignments into smaller increments. NOT: Clean you room. BUT: Pick up your socks.
  5. Don't give in to the temptation to complete the task yourself.
  6. Consequences apply even to ADHD kids.
  7. Unconditional love. Be sure to explain that their actions will never change your love.

Having trouble and need some help - Contact Keys Experts for advice


10. One-liner of the Month:

"Systems don't change people, People change People...
give the right person the right system and watch them change their world."

Mike Nelson

Send us your favorite one-liner today and look for it in future editions.


11. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  How to Change Behavior

Some students need help in learning new behaviors that are better accepted by others and more productive for them. Here are some basic guidelines:

  • Identify inappropriate behavior, then prioritize them
  • Select one behavior that is near the top
  • Find the Bottom line--are there precipitating causes for this behavior
  • Find key motivators
  • Enlist help of student, parent, counselors and others
  • Develop positive and negative consequences
  • Use a written contract

For help in changing students self-defeating beliefs, contact Keys today or check out these trainings:


12.  Alternative Learning Environment (ALE): A Model Approach

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 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:


13.  The Fairy Godmother

A couple had been married for 40 years and also celebrated their 60th birthdays. During the celebration, a fairy godmother appeared and said that because they had been such a loving couple all those years, she would give them one wish each.

Being the faithful, loving spouse for all these years, naturally the wife wanted for her and her husband to have a romantic vacation together, so she wished for them to travel around the world. The fairy godmother waved her wand and boom! She had the tickets in her hand.

Next, it was the husband's turn and the fairy godmother assured him he could have any wish he wanted, all he needed to do was ask for his heart's desire. He paused for a moment, then said, "Well, honestly, I'd like to have a woman 30 years younger than me." The fairy godmother picked up her wand and boom! He was 90!!

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


14.  What Others Say About Keys To Safer -


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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 and would like to share it with others, please email it to us and we will place it on the site. Here are just a few of the comments:

  • "I wish you (Keys) could do all our "inservices" - you make it so interesting and understandable!!  Please keep in contact with all of us.  Our school lacks so many resources and you (Keys) have given us so much valuable information.
    Jan Moore, Cedarville High School [Train-the-Trainers - Assessment of the PDS Training Attendee]

  • "This [National Conference] is GREAT!  Very practical, easy to use and very timely!
    Sabrina Steger, Paducah, Kentucky [mother of school shooting victim Kayce Steger]

  • "...All presenter were excellent and allowed time for excellent discussion".
    Linda Delaney, Memphis School District, Memphis, TN.  

  • "The Keys To Safer [International Conference] increased my confidence in managing crisis situations.
    Laura Bishop, Westminster Academy, Ft. Lauderdale, FL [International Conference]
  • "I would like to thank you for emailing me the handouts that I requested. I found all three very informative and helpful, especially the handout on ADD. I have recommended your site to some of my friends too. :)"
    Diane Attard, OASI Foundation-Prevention Officer Gozo,Malta
  • "The topics covered were very good-Exactly what we were looking for! What did you like least about the training? Too little time for so much material."
    School Counselor, IL [Bullying & Conflict Resolution Training]
  • "This is one of the BEST workshops I have attended! I would like for ALL of my teachers and Administrators to attend this. I liked the groups and interaction."
    School Alternative Teacher [Anger Management/De-escalation Training]
  • "The assessment practice exercise toward the end of the day I felt this was very beneficial."
    School Resource Officer (SRO) [Assessment Training Attendee]


15.  Co-sponsor a Training Seminar. 

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, go to (17.) below.


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: 
    So New on the market they are not yet listed. The top four illegal drugs of abuse appear in the sweat and oils of the skin. Now Keys has a test kit that will allow you to swipe a cloth over any surface suspected of being handled by someone on drugs. Then just place the cloth in the bottle and wait 60 seconds. Computer keyboards, free weights, and other surfaces can now be tested to see if someone in your class or an employee has a drug problem. Contact Keys if this product would be of use in your organization.

  • Date Rape Drug Testers: 
    Available for the first time! Keys has made special arrangements with the manufacturer to offer these testers in non-obvious tester to teens and parents who are concerned about the increasing number of people who use drugs to take sexual advantage of others. If you are suspicious of your drink, simply spill a drop on these business cards or coasters and discover in just a few seconds if it has been spiked. Don't let anyone take advantage of you.

  • Alcohol
    Been to a party and not sure if you should drive home? Keys has a saliva based Blood Alcohol Content tester that will let you know if you need a cab.

  • Street Drugs
    Parents, your teen is having problems with illegal drugs and desires to quit or needs your help. Keys can provide you a testing device for up to 10 of the most common street drugs. You can use them in conjunction with your personal family drug policies to help teen follow through and keep their commitment.

  • Juvenile Probation
    You want your clients tested but it is so involved and there are so many rules from the Health Department about handling urine and from the Court about privacy in sample collection. Keys has a tester that uses a saliva swab rather than urine and is just as accurate.

For information or to place an order, go to:

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


17.  Contact Information....

Keys To Safer website is at
Contact: Mike Nelson or Frank Green at or call  "toll free" (8

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