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Oklahoma City Public Schools

Student Safety
Giving Students a Safe Way to Ask for Help

In order to better prepare their students for the real world, Oklahoma City Public Schools (OKCPS) started offering its students email capabilities. But with 45,000 students across 55 neighborhood elementary schools, 16 secondary schools, two alternative schools, and 16 charter schools, the district was concerned with how they would be able to monitor any inappropriate...

06/13/2019
Yorkville Community Unit School District 115

Student Safety
Knowing the Unknown: Monitoring to Keep Students Safe

After deploying a 1:1 computer initiative, Yorkville Community Unit School District 115 in Illinois was faced with concerns from parents and community members regarding how students’ digital usage would be monitored. Today’s digital native students have a knack for circumventing rules, blocks, and other systems put in place for their own good, which left many...

05/22/2019
Hero Squad

Student Safety
Taking a Proactive Approach to Suicide Prevention

If your school is concerned about self-harm and suicide, there are steps you can take to help prevent an incident before it occurs. Schools and districts across the country are turning to programs like Hope Squad to be more proactive in prevention, intervention, and postvention through their training programs for student-led teams. This school-based suicide...

05/18/2019

Student Safety
Providing Students a Lifeline to Prevent Suicide

4 out of 5 teens who attempt suicide have given clear warning signs When a person contemplates suicide, they may believe it is the only option to end their pain. In that moment, consumed by dark thoughts, suicide becomes the only way out. A simple “Are you okay?” could make all the difference.  Sharing your...

05/06/2019
Funding School Safety Initiatives: End of Year Funds

Student Safety
Funding School Safety Initiatives: End of Year Funds

Title IV (Deadline: June 30, 2019) School Violence Prevention Program (Deadline: May 31, 2019) When it comes to school safety, educators want the best for their students. However, budgetary restraints can sometimes prevent schools from purchasing the necessary solutions to enhance their safety initiatives. With threats in both the physical and digital worlds putting students...

04/27/2019
Huntley Community School District 158

Success Stories
Gaggle for Google: Student Safety in a 1:1 Chromebook District

Following a switch to a 1:1 technology initiative, Huntley Community School District 158 in Algonquin, IL needed a solution to monitor students’ activity. The district implemented Gaggle to gain full visibility over students’ email and Google Drive activity, allowing them to react quickly and seamlessly to any situations that put students at risk. The district,...

04/08/2019
A Story of Survival

Student Safety
A Story of Survival

In 2000, Kevin Hines attempted to take his life by jumping off the Golden Gate Bridge. His miraculous survival included help from a sea lion, which kept him afloat until the Coast Guard arrived. Kevin now travels the world sharing his story of hope, healing, and recovery while teaching people of all ages the art of wellness and...

04/04/2019
Encouraging Appropriate Student Behavior in the Digital World

G Suite for Education
Encouraging Appropriate Student Behavior in the Digital World

Students don’t always fully understand the impact of their digital footprint, so it’s vital that educators set boundaries—especially when dealing with school-issued devices. In a district where students are in a 1:1 environment, how can educators ensure that they are behaving appropriately online every moment of every day? This was the challenge faced by Desert...

03/07/2019