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Safety Bulletin: July 2003

Understanding Homeland Security Codes!


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IN THIS ISSUE:  (if bookmark feature is not supported by your email program,  please curser down to see stories)
  1. New Trainings Getting Started 

  2. Time to Plan

  3. Tips for Parents: Teach Problem Solving to your Child

  1. One liner Catch the Vision

  2. Tip for TeachersHow to handle angry students 

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

  4. Co-sponsor A Training In Your Area

1. Mobile, Alabama received more than a week of training

Patricia Crawford, Mobile County Safe and Drug Free Schools Coordinator, presided over six full days of professional training presented by Keys. Close to 300 Administrators crowded into Vigor High School auditorium to learn the impact on them of terrorist threats to America and some practical applications at the school level of Homeland Security's Alert Color codes.  Thirty new trainers were certified in Bullying Stops when Respect Begins after two days of intensive training. This was followed with an in-service training for over 80 teachers, counselors and administrators during which the newly commissioned trainers presented skits to aid the learning process. The week wrapped up with 40+ people attending Certification training for two days to become trainers in Anger Management/De-escalation. During the week of activity, Keys staff was interviewed and the training featured twice on television stations 10 and 15. 

"Wow. After 26 years in education, I have finally attended a workshop that gave me practical information that I can put into practice in my classroom tomorrow." A comment caught on tape from an attendee.


2. Alternative Program Training Available

As Alternative Learning Environments are being established in more schools daily, Keys has been asked to assist in more direct training and services for these "alternative schools." The staff at Keys has been involved in setting up and helping operate these types of schools for many years and are glad to make this expertise available through our ALE Model (https://keystosaferschools.com/alemodel.htm). If your school has an alternative setting or is considering starting one, contact Keys today to learn how we can help. 


3. A Model for Crisis Response

Every school needs and should have a Crisis Response Plan. All too often these are canned documents that have been purchased to fulfill a legal requirement and they sit on shelf for inspection, never read, never tried. Sometimes, school officials take on the task and write a plan on their own. But without a framework or outside help, they are as successful as their students would be with a Math book but no teacher. Parts will be very well done and other parts will not be considered while some will not work in a real emergency. There are many organizations that sell Crisis Plans to schools, but Keys does not. Keys provides training and expert guidance so that schools can develop their own Plan. This system follows a proven model that insures all areas are addressed and the best solution put into place before a Crisis emerges. Go to https://keystosaferschools.com/crisis_planning_process.htm to see how this model ties different components together and allows schools to choose only those elements that they actually need. If your school needs to re-look at your Crisis Plan, check out the Keys Crisis Response Model.


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

OK, so you know that the nation is at Orange or is it Yellow. What exactly should my school do differently? What if we go to Code Red? Should we send all the students home? Do we lock the doors and wait for something? What?

Keys To Safer Schools.com has developed a guide and a training program to provide schools with measures that can be implemented within budget, practical and community restraints. 

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 will be presented on September 5, 2003 in Plainfield, IN as a Interactive Distance Learning workshop.  It is being sponsored by West Central Indiana Ed. Serv Ctr. and Ctr of Interactive Learning & Collaboration.  Distance Learning Labs interested in participating with this training please call Keys for more info. 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.


5. New Trainers Getting Training Started

Two sets of trainers recently certified in the Houston PDS training are launching their own training programs. The Ft. Worth Police Department will commence training their staff to identify the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) next week under the direction of Keys Certified Trainer Sgt. Kathi Jones. Further south in Conroe, Texas under the tutorage of Keys Certified Trainer Chief William Harness will start their own training in this vital subject the following week. We congratulate these proactive trainers and encourage all who have been the a Train-the-Trainer for PDS conference to contact them and wish them well---and then follow their example. If you are having difficulty getting your program up and running, contact Keys today for help.   Learn how to become a PDS Trainer


Don't get caught in a bind and let your Certification to Assess lapse. Keys will be holding yet another Train-the-Trainer in Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) in Plainfield, Indiana (3miles for Indianapolis, In Airport) on September 25-26, 2003 or Houston, Texas on October 28-29, 2003. One person from your school can attend this course then return and conduct Certification Training and 2-year refresher training for your entire school. Should all Certified Assessment Team Members lapse, your school will not be able to conduct assessments nor maintain the Assessment Instrument. 

There are only three options open if you are approaching the 2-year renewal time:

  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.
Make plans now to obtain this valuable training and certification for your school.


7.   Law Enforcement Certified Training

Keys is pleased to announce that efforts are underway by Law Enforcement agencies to have our PDS training and others Certified by State Training Academies for professional training credit. Over the years Keys has trained many SRO's and other Law Enforcement officers. We have received much praise from them and are extremely honored that they would think highly enough of our training to go through this lengthy and difficult task of having it accepted as among the best available to their ranks. Keeping checking out web site for the final announcement.


8.   Make Plans Now -  School Year 03-04 is upon us!!

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: https://keystosaferschools.com/CriticalTraining.htm)

  • Crisis Preparedness [Are you prepared for what could happen?]
  • Homeland Security Codes for Schools [So, what does Code Orange mean at my school?]
  • Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student [Train a trainer then train your staff yourself]
  • Anger Management/De-escalation [How do you break up a fight and not be sued or hurt]
  • Bullying Stops When Respect Begins [If you don't have a problem, you have not asked the kids]


9. Tip of the Month for Parents:  Teach Your Children How to Solve Their Problems

Many kids fight because they have no idea that there are other ways to solve their problems. There are other ways, but they do not come naturally, this must be taught;

  1. Look at all the possibilities. Often a child sees only one possible action to be taken, but there are always more. When first starting this process, leave none out when making this list.  
  2. Consider the Consequence of Each possibility. Every action has some sort of reaction or pay-off. Consider what that will be for each possible action.
  3. Choose the one that best fits you. Just because something worked well for a friend does not mean that it will work well for everyone. 
  4. Do it. The world is full of people who know what to do but never do it. Act on your best choice. If it does not work out, don't back up. Start the process again from where you are now.
Having trouble and need some help - Contact Keys Experts for advice


10. One-liner of the Month:

On the subject of the school's violence prevention program:

"Catch the vision, or catch the bus."
Pat Fuller, Chief of Police, Austin ISD


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


11. Tip of the Month for Teachers:  How to Handle Angry Students 

  1. Know that Anger is a secondary emotion. Look for the underlying feeling.
  2. Control yourself first. The stress and bottled up anger in your own life may spill over into the classroom. 
  3. Control the Situation. Remove the audience, separate students who are determined to be angry with each other, send for help, do not become another victim.
  4. Control the Combatants. Speak with authority, speak slowly and softly, defer to the rules, call them by name, give them clear instructions as to what you want from them.
  5. Return to Normal.  Get the classroom back to normal as soon as possible.
  6. Review. By yourself or with another teacher, go over the event in detail and explore ways to improve before the next event.

    Learn about Keys Anger Management/De-escalation Training


12.  Training Opportunities

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

  • Ft. Walton Beach, FL: Okaloosa County Schools--Behavior Planning and the Level System, Aug 4-5, 2003

  • Indianapolis, Indiana: Homeland Security and the Schools - Distance Learning, September 5, 2003

  • Ft. Lauderdale, FL - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins (train-the-trainer), September 25-26, 2003

  • Mobile, AL - MPSS - Bullying Stops when Respect Begins (student assembly), October 6-10, 2003

  • Greencastle, Indiana: West Central Indiana Ed. Serv Ctr Train-the-Trainers PDS, October 16-17, 2003

  • Houston, TX: Harris County Department of Education--Train-the-Trainers PDS, October 28-29, 2003

  • and more...  check our Calendar of Events page

Schedule a training for you School or Community--email or call 800-504-7355



13.  Homeland Security Site of the Week

Keys To Safer Schools.com 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. 


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


15.  Co-sponsor a Training Seminar.  https://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.


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: https://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.


17.  Contact Information....

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