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January 2004 Edition

- Happy New Year -

Safety Bulletin: January 2004
Homeland Security Alert: Orange (high)



Monthly Safety Bulletin Providing information to Promote safe Schools and organizations


1. Homeland Security Alert: Orange (HIGH)


Homeland Security"Good afternoon. Today, the United States Government raised the national threat level from an Elevated to High risk of terrorist attack -- or as more commonly known, from a Yellow Code to an Orange Code." With these words, DHS Secretary Ridge announced the heightened alert code and threat level under which we ushered in 2004. The action was taken based on intercepted terrorist communications that indicate a new round of attacks, equal to or greater than 9/11/01, are being planned. All of us who have traveled in the past few weeks have seen first hand some of the emphasis on security around airports. What about the measures taken to improve security of  at your school? Has your school responded differently under this Orange Alert than it did under Yellow?  Is your contingency plan written specifically for your facility or is it a generic one that has been supplied to many? Will what works for a large mid-west school district work just as well in a rural southern setting? If you have questions about the effectiveness of your Crisis/Terrorism Plan, review this web page and contact Keys today:



2. California Trainings Announced


California up-coming TrainingsBakersfield, CA will be the site of the Schools, Terrorism and Homeland Security on January 26, 2004


This will be followed by Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) Certification Training at Huntington Beach, CA on January 28, 2004.  

Click on this link (or copy to your browser) to find more information and to register for either or both trainings:



3. Discretionary Grants for Crisis Preparedness


Grant informationA total of 128 school districts have been awarded grants of up to $.5M each for developing effective crisis prevention and mitigation programs including Biological and Chemical Agent Terrorism. The Keys staff has been heavily involved in helping one of the recipients who is among the nation's largest school districts to formulate their plan and will be instrumental in the training and implementation phases. Keys is also working with another recipient who is one of the smallest, rural districts. Large or small, Keys can provide your district the Model for success. Keys staff of professionals are subject matter experts who have developed a model to assist you in meeting the requirements of this and similar grants. To learn more about this process, read the article at:


To learn more about these Discretionary Grants, go to: 


To learn more about the $2.2Billion in grants announced by the Department of Homeland Security go to:


4. Orlando:
        4th Annual Conference on School Violence Prevention


Orlando 4th Annual ConferenceJune 14-15, 2004 are the dates for this year's conference. The site will once again be the Ramada Resort at the Maingate to Disney World in Kissimmee, Florida. The theme for the conference is Homeland Security Codes, Bio/Chemical Terrorism and What Schools can do. There will be presentations by Subject Matter Experts and 

Articles This Month
- Homeland Security Alert
- California Trainings
- Discretionary Grants for
                      Crisis Preparedness
- Orlando: 4th  Annual Nat'l Conf
- Lawsuit:  School fails to act!
- School Violence Review
- Tip for Students: Responsible
- Attention Deficit / Hyper-
  activity Disorder (ADHD)
- Oppositional Defiant Disorder
- Tip for Parents:
Improving Self-esteem
- Wisdom in a One Liner
- Tip for Teachers: Eliminating
 Sever Behavior
- Up Coming Training Calendar.
- Homeland Security Site award.
- What Others say about Keys
- Co-Sponsor a Training in your
area & obtain a FREE Slot
- New! On-line checks accepted
- And more...

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- Advertise: New This Year!

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Discussion Groups about Practical Actions for Schools. This conference will emphasize policy, procedure and activities that schools can realistically do within budget and manpower constraints, but still meet the need of being prepared. You cannot afford to miss this conference. 


If you have a presentation that meets the format of this conference, there is limited space available. Respond by email immediately to be considered. Email:


To learn more about this conference, go to:



5. Lawsuit alleges School employees failed to act 


LawsuitsA School District and individual employees are being sued by a student and his parents. They allege that the student who suffers with OCD (obsessive-compulsive disorder) has been subjected to bullying and harassment from other students without intervention. This prevents, according the suit, the student from receiving an adequate education in the "least restrictive environment." The suit does not allege that individuals did anything wrong but that they failed to do anything right in protecting the student from bullies. The only defense offered by the District thus far is that their employees are not subject to lawsuit by state law. All names have been omitted as this case is pending judicial action.

If your school needs a policy, program or training on bullying checkout Bullying Stops When Respect Begins. This is not an ANTI-bullying but a behavior replacement approach that emphasizes positives. It provides schools with knowledge of the domains that allow bullying: The Bully, The Victim, The School and The Parent and the biggest segment of all: the "the stand-by and do nothings." Contact Keys today.




6. School Violence in Review


School Violence2003 was marked with school violence resulting in student and staff deaths and injuries. Several government agencies continued to report a downward trend in violent crime, which was probably true. There was a downward trend in reported incidents and the manner in which they were reported. However, the intensity of violence continues to remain high and should be an area of concern. Last year saw bus drivers and teachers attacked as well as students. At least two students died during fist fights. There were several stabbings. Most of these never made news beyond their own local communities. Keys has attempted to keep you informed by scanning news services daily and receiving  tips from our subscribers and associates. What you have provided to us is in turn reported here and on our web site.

To see a brief list of some of these events of violence in and around our schools since August 2003, go to this link: 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 possible: We need your help to keep you informed.



7. Tips for Students: Responsible Telling or Tattling





8. Attention Deficit-Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD)


ADHD ChildADHD is a frustrating disorder! The parents are tired; the teachers are stressed; and the student is discouraged by attempts to attempts to accomplish simple tasks that always result in failures. What is this all about? Why can't he get his homework? Why can't he stay in his seat for 10 minutes? It would be so great to hear from others who have struggled through the same issues and hear how they have learned to deal with these issues. Now you can through an innovative, interactive computer program on CD. Simply put the CD in your computer and it will automatically load and start. There will be a screen with several choices of situations. Click on the one that interests you and suddenly there is someone on the screen (via state of the art DVD video) talking to you about this issue. There is even a short quiz with immediate feed back about your answers. Student, parent or teacher will find this to be an exciting new tool in dealing with ADHD. At just $39.95 for the CD and Workbook, this is one of the best products for the lowest price that you will find. To learn more or to order, go to:



9. Oppositional Defiant Disorder (ODD) 


ODD Student"You're not the boss of me!" He won't do anything that I tell him. When I give assignments, he works other pages or problems. Have you heard these or said these statements? If so, you may be dealing with ODD. Often this disorder is confused with ADHD but is significantly different in how it must be managed. In fact, treating an ODD student as you would and ADHD student will probably make the problem worse. But there is hope. Keys To Safer offers a training called Behavior Modification Planning that is designed to provide school counselors and others concrete techniques for changing 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, click here: ->



10. Tip of the Month for Parents:  Helping you Child Improve their Self-Esteem


Developing Self-EsteemWhat 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 some ways:


         * Through our Love & Support of them                   * By focusing on their potential not their weaknesses
         * Identifying 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
(only make promises you will keep)

                                * 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



11. One-liner of the Month:

"A crisis is when you can't say: "let's forget the whole thing."

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



12. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  Month 6 - Methods for decreasing and/or eliminating severe behaviors  


Resources for Teachers"How 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, Punishment & Reinforcement of incompatible behaviorIf 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...). 


Recap: There are 6 basic ways to decrease or eliminate severe behaviors.  They are (1) Extinction, (2) Time-out, (3) Satiation, (4) Punishment, (5) Reinforcement of incompatible behaviors, and (6) Desensitization.  Let's briefly deal with Desensitization.


Desensitization - This method may be used to overcome fear and anxiety related behaviors.  These may include; fear of reading aloud (a student may get in trouble to avoid this and others), school attendance, participating in large groups, test taking, and more...


Desensitization consists of presenting to the imagination of the deeply relaxed student the feeblest item in a list of anxiety-evoking stimuli repeatedly, until no more anxiety is evoked.  The next item is then presented until eventually, even the strongest of them fails to evoke any stir of anxiety. 


Let's take the fear of reading aloud in class.  Here is a anxiety-evoking stimulus hierarchy used in a real student.

 * Step one-Read alone to trusted adult.                * Step two-Read alone to a trusted roommate.

 * Step three-Read to two classroom aids (repeat).   * Step four-Read to teacher and classroom aids (repeat).

 * Step five-Read to teacher, classroom aids, & small group of peers( repeat).

 * Step six-Read to entire class ( repeat).                          




13. Training Opportunities


Training for StaffMark these on your calendar and register today or call or email to set up a training at your school or in your community.




Schedule or Co-Sponsor a training for you School or Community--email or call (800)504-7355



14.  Homeland Security Site of the Week


Click to read ANSER's Homeland Security Newsletter (4 July 2003)Keys To Safer was selected by the Homeland Security Newsletter as the recommended Site 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. 



15. 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. To read some comments click here ->



16. 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 contact us (800)504-7355.



17. 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.

Or 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.



18. Contact Information....

Keys To Safer website is at https://keystosaferschools.comContact: Mike Nelson or Frank Green at or call local (501)847-2596, "toll free" (800)504-7355.


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