Safety News

  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:14 PM | Anonymous member

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   This month's focus is on Safety Thanks, Holiday Decorations, Water Intrusion, and  the End of Daylight Savings 

    To view the November edition of School Safety Matters, Click Here.  For previous editions visit OSSOA.org under Topical Resources
  • Thursday, November 14, 2013 12:13 PM | Anonymous member



    We have added PDF versions of the presentation slides from the 2013 Oregon School Safety Officers Workshop to our website.  Click here for the Athletic and Play Surface Safety and Maintenance slides presented by Mark Nichols, CEO of TURFIndusy and UBU sports.  To access the field safety documents Mark mentioned at the conference, go to  http://turfindustry.com/

    To access the information on Safety within Special Ed and the Willpower Depletion Model presented by Kelley Gordham, Click Here.

    OSSOA would like to thank Mark, Kelly, along with Kevin Sutherland and Commander Willie Bose for generously offering their time and expertise to help with our ongoing efforts to keep our schools safe.

    We would also like to thank all the sponsors, round table facilitators, and everyone else whose hard work helped make this year's event a success.
  • Monday, November 04, 2013 3:43 PM | Anonymous member

    It's that time of the year to remind everyone about classroom, hallway, and general school decorations.

    Please share this email with your entire staff or discuss at a staff meeting.

    (Additionally, it would be a good idea to assign this topic to your School Safety Committee so the issue can be monitored.)

    Highlights from the State Fire Marshall's office published guidelines pertaining to schools are:

          EGRESS - Access to exits and exit paths shall not be obstructed by decorative materials.

          SOURCES OF IGNITION -

          Candles and other sources of open flame are not allowed for any decorations or ceremonies, except as approved by the fire code official prior to the event.

          Sources of ignition shall not be allowed within the vicinity of combustible decorative materials.

          ELECTRICAL -

          Only UL listed miniature lights or LED style lights shall be used in accordance with their listing.

          Extension cords shall be approved commercially manufactured UL listed assemblies (14-guage minimum 15-amp minimum). Only grounded or polarized extension cords shall be used.

          Electrical lights and extension cords that are physically damaged or altered shall not be used unless repairs are in accordance with the state adopted electrical code.

          DECORATIVE MATERIALS -

          All decorations shall be either inherently fire retardant or treated with a flame retardant to be flame resistant and shall comply with the Oregon Fire Code 2010 Edition, Section 807.

          Artwork, decorations for learning purposes, and student generated materials on the walls in routes of egress shall not exceed 20% of the wall area.

          Displays for classrooms and hallways:

          Paper materials such as artwork and decorations shall be secured flat against the wall or bulletin board.

          Three dimensional artwork and decor (has height, width, and depth, or thickness) is prohibited unless approved by the local fire code official.

          Limit displays to 40 square feet with a three-foot "fire break" between displays.

          Displays shall not cover more than 20% of a hallway wall area.

          Classroom doors shall not be covered with paper.

          Materials suspended from the ceiling (hanging decor) shall be at least 24 inches below the ceiling and be at least 18 inches from fire sprinkler heads.

          Items suspended cannot hang low enough to interfere with exiting.

          Ceilings shall not be covered with flammable materials.

    A complete copy of the Oregon Fire Code Advisory Memo can be found here:

                  http://www.oregon.gov/osp/SFM/docs/Codes/TA11_11.pdf

  • Monday, October 14, 2013 8:56 AM | Anonymous member
    Federal, State, and local emergency management experts and other official preparedness organizations all agree that “Drop, Cover, and Hold On” is the appropriate action to reduce injury and death during earthquakes. Great ShakeOut earthquake drills (www.shakeout.org) are opportunities to practice how to protect ourselves during earthquakes. For more information on earthquake safet, and additional resources, Click Here.
  • Wednesday, October 02, 2013 4:47 PM | Anonymous member

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   This month's focus is on National Fire Prevention Week, Rules on Classroom and Hall Decorations in schools, and Dangers of Dumpster Diving. 

    To view the October edition of School Safety Matters, Click Here.  For previous editions visit OSSOA.org under Topical Resources

    Best regards,

    Kevin Jones, ARM

    OSSOA President

    Loss Control Specialist

    Beaverton School District

    (503) 591-4561

  • Tuesday, September 03, 2013 1:37 PM | Anonymous member

    School Safety Matters is a monthly newsletter produced by the Beaverton School District’s Risk Management Department to be used as a resource for school safety committees.   Some information in the newsletter is BSD specific, but the majority of the focus is on general school safety best practices.   Tis month's focus is on Playground Supervision, Classroom Setup, Ladder Safety and Safety Committees.

    To view the September edition of School Safety Matters, Click Here.  For previous editions visit OSSOA.org  under Topical Resources.

    Best regards,

    Kevin Jones, ARM

    OSSOA President

    Loss Control Specialist

    Beaverton School District

    (503) 591-4561

     

     

  • Monday, August 19, 2013 4:43 PM | Anonymous member

    We have added PDF versions of the presentation slides from the 2013 Oregon School Safety Officers Workshop to our website.  Click here for the Athletic and Play Surface Safety and Maintenance slides presented by Mark Nichols, CEO of TURFIndusy and UBU sports.  To access the field safety documents Mark mentioned at the conference, go to  http://turfindustry.com/

    To access the information on Safety within Special Ed and the Willpower Depletion Model presented by Kelley Gordham, Click Here.

    OSSOA would like to thank Mark, Kelly, along with Kevin Sutherland and Commander Willie Bose for generously offering their time and expertise to help with our ongoing efforts to keep our schools safe.

    We would also like to thank all the sponsors, round table facilitators, and everyone else whose hard work helped make this year's event a success.
  • Wednesday, June 26, 2013 8:05 AM | Anonymous member

    Webinars on Guides for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans
    Raymond Hall - June 20, 2013 08:23

    Dear Colleagues, On Thursday, June 27th and again on Friday, June 28th, 2013, the U.S. Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students and its Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools (REMS) Technical Assistance (TA) Center will host 90-minute webinars that provide an overview of two recently released guides: · Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans; and · Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education. In January 2013, the President put forward his “Now is the Time” plan to reduce gun violence. One of the executive actions put forth in his plan was the development of these new guides that have been developed by the Departments of Education; Justice, led by the FBI; Homeland Security, led by FEMA; and Health and Human Services. These new guides will help schools and institutions of higher education develop and implement high-quality emergency operations plans (EOPs), and describe the principles and processes that will help ensure planning efforts are aligned with the emergency planning practices at the national, state, and local levels. These webinars will be done in collaboration with all of the Federal agencies that worked together to develop the guides, and will provide an overview of: · the key principles for developing a comprehensive EOP for a school or IHE; · the planning process for developing, implementing and refining an EOP for a school or IHE; · the form, function, and content of a school or IHE EOP plan; and · topics that support emergency operations planning including, but not limited to, information sharing, school climate, active shooter situations, and psychological first aid for schools. In order to accommodate as many interested parties as possible, there will a 90-minute school guide webinar and a separate 90-minute IHE guide webinar on June 27th and these two webinars will be repeated on June 28th. In addition, both webinars will be archived for those unable to participate on the 27th or 28th . The webinars will include a 60-minute presentation on a guide and a 30-minute question and answer session, along with information on how to access more information and resources. The webinars are first come, first serve; we strongly encourage you to pre-register! Registration can be accessed at: http://remstacenter.org/webinars/WebinarsJune2728.aspx. Webinar dates and times are as follows: Thursday, June 27th, 2013 • 1:00 - 2:30 p.m. ET (90 minutes) An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans. • 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. ET (90 minutes).An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education. Friday, June 28th, 2013 • 12:00 - 1:30 p.m. ET (90 minutes) An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality Emergency Operations Plans for Institutions of Higher Education. • 2:00 - 3:30 p.m. ET (90 minutes) An Overview of the Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans. We hope you can join us! If you are unable to do so, these webinars will be archived on the REMS TA Center website ( http://rems.ed.gov ) for you to access at your convenience. Please share this email with anyone who may be interested in participating in these webinars. Thank you. Sincerely, The REMS TA Center Team REMS Technical Assistance Center http://rems.ed.gov 1-855-781-7367 (REMS) info@remstacenter.org 8757 Georgia Avenue Suite 1440 Silver Spring, MD 20910 

  • Tuesday, June 25, 2013 6:47 AM | Anonymous member

    EPA 2013 School IPM Request for Proposals: The School Integrated Pest Management (IPM) Grants will support projects that promote the adoption of verifiable IPM practices in the nation's K-12 public and tribal schools. EPA strongly encourages projects that use consortia, partnerships, and other collaborative means in conducting the project.

    Funding: maximum funding level of $250,000 per project

    Eligibility: Eligible applicants include the 50 States, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a State including State universities, and all Federally recognized Native American Tribes. Local governments, private universities, private nonprofit entities, private businesses, and individuals are not eligible. For-profit organizations are not eligible.

    The Agency is accepting proposals through July 29, 2013.

    The EPA’s Office of Pesticide Programs is soliciting proposals for new School IPM assistance agreements for projects that further the implementation of verifiable IPM in and around the nation’s public and tribal schools. The total amount available will be $700,000, and the Agency anticipates funding approximately three projects, primarily as cooperative agreements, with a maximum funding level of $250,000 per project.

    Assistance under this competition is available to the 50 states, District of Columbia, U.S. Virgin Islands, Commonwealth of Puerto Rico, any territory or possession of the United States, any agency or instrumentality of a state including state universities, and all federally recognized Indian tribal governments. Applications must be submitted on or before July 29, 2013.

    The cooperative agreements will provide financial assistance to eligible applicants for projects that (1) implement verifiable IPM programs to identify and reduce the risks associated with pests and pesticide use in and around kindergarten to 12th grade public and tribal schools and (2) measure and document the impacts of verifiable public and/or tribal school IPM programs on the environment and human health. The project period of performance is limited to 2 years.

    Integrated Pest Management is an effective and environmentally sensitive approach to pest management that relies on a combination of easy-to-implement, common-sense practices. IPM programs use current, comprehensive information on the life cycles of pests and their interaction with the environment. This information, in combination with available pest control methods, is used to manage pest damage by the most economical means and with the least possible hazard to people, property and the environment. IPM takes advantage of all appropriate pest management options including, but not limited to, the judicious use of pesticides.

    For more information regarding the School IPM Grants and the Request for Proposals, visit: http://www.epa.gov/pestwise/ipminschools/grants/.




  • Tuesday, June 04, 2013 10:32 AM | Anonymous member


    After the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook, we wanted to support the victims and to do our part to help all the schools across the U.S. deal with this tragedy. That’s why we’re offering our Managing the Aftermath of Tragedy courses free of charge to any school administrator or staff member. These courses include:

    • Key strategies on how to respond to tragedies.
    • Information on typical childhood reactions to crises.
    • Ways to provide care and comfort to students and staff members.

    EXPERT AUTHORS

    The courses are written by our expert-authors, Drs. Scott and Donna Poland. Dr. Scott Poland is Associate Professor at the Center for Psychological Studies at Nova Southeastern University. He is the author of a number of books on youth suicide and school crisis response including Coping with Crisis and is a renowned consultant to schools and districts nationwide. Dr. Donna Poland has served as a school administrator for 19 years including service as principal of three different secondary schools. She is currently Director of University Middle School in Davie, Florida.

    ACCESS THE RESOURCES

    To access these free courses:

    1. Visit http://caring.safeschools.com.
    2. Click on the ‘Register’ link in the blue Login box.
    3. Type in ‘CARES’ as the Registration key.

    Our thoughts and prayers will continue to be with the Newtown community as they work to heal and move forward. May they find peace and comfort.

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