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Johnson, Katie – American School & University, 2012
The nation watched in shock recently as four middle school boys barraged 68-year-old bus monitor Karen Klein with jabs about her weight, attacks on her family, and chuckled as they made violent and graphic threats. Klein remained quiet, taking the abuse and failing to respond to the students. This incident might have gone unnoticed and unreported,…
Descriptors: Prevention, Civil Rights, Bullying, Video Technology
Dalton-Noblitt, April – American School & University, 2012
In a study conducted among more than 980 American four-year and two-year colleges and universities, including institutions such as the University of Michigan, MIT, UCLA and Columbia, security staff and other administrators identified the five leading goals for their security systems: (1) Preventing unauthorized people from entering their…
Descriptors: School Safety, School Security, Facilities Management, Sexual Harassment
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2012
Outbreaks of violence at education institutions typically do not rise to the horrific levels of Virginia Tech, Columbine High School, or Oikos University. But incidents that threaten school security--bullying, hazing, online harassment--take place in every month of the year and may occur in any classroom or campus from coast to coast. Schools and…
Descriptors: Prevention, School Security, Violence, Bullying
Youngkin, Minu – American School & University, 2012
Proper planning and preventive maintenance can increase school security and return on investment. Preventive maintenance begins with planning. Through careful planning, education institutions can determine what is working and if any equipment, hardware or software needs to be replaced or upgraded. When reviewing a school's safety and security…
Descriptors: School Security, Maintenance, Safety, Prevention
Henriksen, Missy – American School & University, 2012
Bed bugs are a growing problem, not only in homes and hotels, but also in schools and colleges. Facility administrators and staff need to understand the bed bug resurgence and develop best practices to deal with an infestation. In this article, the author offers tips for preventing and treating bed bugs in school and university settings.
Descriptors: Best Practices, School Maintenance, Entomology, Schools
Baxter, Mark – American School & University, 2011
Many mattress manufacturers recommend that consumers rotate their mattresses at least twice a year to help prevent soft spots from developing and increase the product's life span. It's unfortunate that the same kind of treatment can't be applied to flooring for schools, such as carpeting, especially in hallways. Being able to flip or turn a carpet…
Descriptors: Structural Elements (Construction), School Buildings, Facilities Management, Sanitation
Boardman, Randolph M. – American School & University, 2010
In a perfect world, students would never talk back to school staff and never argue or fight with each other. They would complete all their assigned tasks, and disciplinary actions never would be needed. Unfortunately, people don't live in a perfect world. Student behavior is a daily concern. Teachers continue to refer students to the office as a…
Descriptors: Behavior Problems, Student Behavior, Discipline, Behavior Modification
Alderson, Kris – American School & University, 2009
It's estimated that at least 22 million school days are lost every year because of colds caught by students and faculty, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC). There's still no cure for the common cold, but there is a time-honored way to prevent it: handwashing, ideally with good old soap and water. It's still the best…
Descriptors: Disease Control, Public Health, Sanitary Facilities, Prevention
Bingham, Dave – American School & University, 2009
On a Friday night in 2000, high school football player Josh Miller collapsed as he ran off the field. Several minutes later, the 15-year-old was dead from sudden cardiac arrest (SCA). This is not an uncommon scenario in school athletics. According to the American Heart Association (AHA), SCA is the leading cause of death in young athletes and…
Descriptors: Heart Disorders, Athletes, Death, School Safety
Denker, Deb; West, Lee – American School & University, 2009
For education administrators, campus fires are not only a distressing loss, but also a stark reminder that a campus faces risks that require special vigilance. In many ways, campuses resemble small communities, with areas for living, working and relaxing. A residence hall fire may raise the specter of careless youth, often with the complication of…
Descriptors: Campuses, Fire Protection, Prevention, Dormitories
Kennedy, Mike – American School & University, 2008
In hindsight, the warning signs were abundant that Seung-Hui Cho was mentally troubled and potentially dangerous. However, authorities at Virginia Tech did not put together all the pieces until after the 23-year-old student opened fire on the Blacksburg campus on April 16, 2007, and killed 32 people before taking his own life. In the aftermath of…
Descriptors: College Students, School Safety, Violence, Prevention
Copps, Patrick T. – American School & University, 2007
Insects and rodents in education facilities can cause structural damage, and they carry diseases that threaten food safety and the health of students and employees. To effectively prevent infestations and manage pests in a safe and eco-sensitive manner, many schools turn to integrated pest management (IPM) programs that emphasize environmentally…
Descriptors: Educational Facilities, Facilities Management, Animals, Entomology
Osborn, John E. – American School & University, 2006
Colleges and universities face a wide range of environmental risk. In spite of this, with proper planning, they can avoid emergencies or surprises. Advanced planning, coupled with strategic, technical environmental and legal advice, enable higher-education institutions to keep their environmental budgets under control and predictable. This article…
Descriptors: Hazardous Materials, Risk Management, Risk, Higher Education
Crawford, Gary N. – American School & University, 1998
Explains how a well-designed heating and air conditioning system with good facility maintenance can prevent most indoor air quality problems in schools. Stresses attention to issues of leak prevention and sanitation. (GR)
Descriptors: Air Conditioning, Educational Facilities, Elementary Secondary Education, Equipment Maintenance
American School & University, 1998
Explores the steps to take to reduce the likelihood that indoor-air-quality (IAQ) problems will develop in educational facilities. Highlights sources and hazards of IAQ when renovating buildings; control strategies and the establishment of IAQ close-out criteria for all renovation projects; heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning system…
Descriptors: Air Conditioning, Educational Facilities Improvement, Elementary Secondary Education, Evaluation Criteria
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