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ERIC Number: EJ919376
Record Type: Journal
Publication Date: 2009-Dec
Pages: 3
Abstractor: ERIC
Reference Count: N/A
ISSN: ISSN-0036-651X
Automating Safety for a More Efficient Organization
Folkman, John; Strasburger, Tom
School Business Affairs, v75 n11 p12, 14-15 Dec 2009
Despite the challenges of understaffing, unfunded legislative mandates, and tight budgets, district support services departments are still expected to meet school systems' myriad noncurriculum-related needs. But the very nature of these services, even when they are focused on school safety and security, is so diverse and labor-intensive that department personnel are frequently pulled in several different directions at once. School safety and security activities include complying with state and district safety regulations, managing diverse training expectations, and managing and following up on accidents or disruptive incidents. These and other areas collectively are responsibilities that district support service departments must manage to ensure that school districts and employees are protected from unfair litigation. More and more, schools are embracing the use of Web-based tools that simplify time-consuming tasks. School safety is another prime area where Web-based tools can be beneficial. Safety committees or managers can use a system's automated tracking capabilities to analyze where and when incidents or injuries tend to occur to improve prevention measures. The authors describe the Mayfield City School District (MCSD) in Ohio, which has been using Web-based software to automatically communicate information about accidents on specific campuses to the appropriate authorities; to schedule drills and maintenance activities, such as recharging fire extinguishers; to manage and deliver online safety courses to its staff; and to standardize districtwide activities, such as reporting and following up on accidents.
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Publication Type: Journal Articles; Reports - Descriptive
Education Level: Elementary Secondary Education
Audience: N/A
Language: English
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Identifiers - Location: Ohio