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Safety Bulletin: May 2003

Terrorism from within: news of School shootings


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

  2. Time to Plan Summer Training

  3. Tips for Parents: How do I get the school to do anything?

  1. One liner by Linda Woodson 

  2. Tip for TeachersHow to control bullying 

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

  4. Co-sponsor A Training In Your Area

1. Principal and 3 Students Die in School Violence in April

With so much emphasis on other items in the news, the world took little note of 6 separate school shootings in April that left a Principal and three students dead and several others wounded. For students and staff in these schools the war was not in Iraq and terrorism was not about Al Quida. This is a real war and real terror waged in hallways, gyms and playgrounds of America's schools. In the most recent event, officials reported that the young man who shot and killed his principal showed no warning signs. Now as the story develops, there were signs but no one was prepared to interpret them nor take action. Keys Assessing of the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) may not have stopped this tragedy--but then again... This simple, one-page instrument can be used to identify students who are in need of immediate intervention and the type of help needed. If your school is not currently doing something to keep from being the scene of the next tragedy, please become proactive. If you do not have another program selected, consider Keys Assessing the Potentially Dangerous Student (PDS) today!!


2. Time is Short For Training Plans

  •  Train-the-Trainer, Potentially Dangerous Student, Houston, TX June 11-12

  •  Train-the-Trainer, Bullying Stops When Respect Begins, St. Augustine, FL, May 12-13
  •  School Violence Prevention, 3rd Annual Conference, Orlando, FL June 16-17

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). https://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003.htm#june03

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: https://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003.htm#pds_houston 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: https://keystosaferschools.com/Train-the-Trainer_PDS.htm

3. 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 or to register for the training go to: https://keystosaferschools.com/calendar2003.htm#may2003 or click to open flyer to print


4. 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 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 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. Keys@keystosaferschools.com or https://keystosaferschools.com/Orlando_2003.htm


5. School Resource Officer Funds Available


The Department of Justice Office of Community Oriented Policing Services (COPS) announces the availability of the COPS in Schools grant program, which will assist law enforcement agencies in hiring new, additional School Resource Officers (SROs) to engage in community policing in and around primary and secondary schools. The COPS in Schools program provides a maximum Federal contribution of up to $125,000 per officer position over the three-year grant period. There will be one application deadline for the COPS in Schools (CIS) program in 2003: June 13, 2003. To obtain an application or for more information go to: www.cops.usdoj.gov.

Keys To Safer Schools.com strongly supports this program and encourages schools and communities to work toward getting a School Resource Officer in their schools.


6. Assessing Certification may Expire Soon!
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 to your Assessors.
  3. Terminate your program for Assessing the Early Warning Signs in the Potentially Dangerous Student.


7.   Safe 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 immediately:

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 funding sources.

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 projects.


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

  •     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 the school to do anything?


Getting action can be frustrating and take a long time. The following should be followed in order of progressively more effort. This may seem slow and less than dynamic, but it is a proven pattern.

  1. Volunteer. Be a part of the school. 
  2. First, ask what is going on. Don't assume your child's version is completely accurate. 
  3. Explain the situation to the teacher. If that does not work, then 
  4. Write a letter describing the problem and proposed solutions. Read it aloud to yourself before mailing it.
  5. Write a letter to the Superintendent, then the Board, then the State agency with oversight.
  6. Appear before the board. Write your statement and avoid becoming angry and "ad libbing."
  7. As a last resort, hire an advocate or attorney.
Keep in mind that schools operate under more laws and regulations than most of us can imagine. Be sure the problem is one that they can do anything about before going after them.

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


10. One-liner of the Month:

"Things turn out best
for people who make the best of the way things turn out."

contributed by

Linda Woodson, 4th Grade Counselor

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 Control Bullying

  1. Be where bullying takes place. (Hallways, restrooms, playground, buses, etc.)
  2. Catch the bully yourself. 
  3. Always talk to the bully first. (If the bully sees you talk to his victim, he will blame the victim for being caught.)
  4. Assume the bully needs something and help him find it.
  5. If you are being bullied (by an administrator, fellow teacher, student or at home), learn assertiveness techniques and stop it. 


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 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: https://keystosaferschools.com/alemodel.htm


13.  I can't read

I was delighted to be asked to pick up my grandson from his first day at pre-school. He crossed the parking lot with a scowl on his face and announced he was never coming back. When I asked why, he replied, "Grandpa, I was in school for a whole day (actually 3 hours) and I still can't read!"

as told by John Lee

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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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Contact: Mike Nelson or Frank Green at
keys@KeysToSaferSchools.com or call local (501)847-2596, "toll free"

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