Schools beware of the handgun that looks like a smartphone

As if concealed weapons aren’t tough enough to spot in backpacks and jackets, handguns that resemble smartphones is the next wave in search and seizure madness.  The folks over at Ideal Conceal have brought to life an idea that has school administrators and security officers scrambling.  This isn’t just fantasy anymore.  It’s real life James Bond Read more about Schools beware of the handgun that looks like a smartphone[…]

Town Hall Ending Mass Violence – Lessons Learned

Recently we held a Town Hall to discuss mass violence in schools and our communities.  While I don’t particularly want to credit any act of mass violence the events surrounding Parkland have certainly drawn the attention of many.  In many respects, well overdue.  We are holding another one on April 11th at 2:30pm PST.  Join Read more about Town Hall Ending Mass Violence – Lessons Learned[…]

Happy Valentine’s Day from President Trump

President Trump fired Cupid’s arrow right through Valentine’s Day with an important reminder to coaches and sports medicine practioners everywhere.  Trump signed S. 534, the “Protecting Young Victims from Sexual Abuse and Safe Sport Authorization Act of 2017,” which requires adults authorized to interact with certain minors and amateur athletes to report evidence of child abuse. Read more about Happy Valentine’s Day from President Trump[…]

Strong movements – everyone profits but the victims. Criminal? Maybe.

As Risk Managers, there is yet another risk we must manage as it relates to active shooters.  As if dealing with the event itself wasn’t enough, now we have to manage the that are trying to help support the victims. Stealing is not new Criminal enterprises exist everywhere and victim support funds are no exception.  Read more about Strong movements – everyone profits but the victims. Criminal? Maybe.[…]

When Active Shooters Send You Running for Cover

When you run for cover you want something to protect you.  And that something just might be a backpack filled with books thick enough to stop flying hunks of metal heading your direction. Dumb Moves in the Name of Safety Yes, backpacks hide a lot of things, including sugary snacks, love notes, drugs, and even Read more about When Active Shooters Send You Running for Cover[…]

Halloween magic for making your PTA event safe

Halloween magic A pinch of goat’s hair, a drop of jasmine oil and cup of wishful thinking will not keep the lawsuits away.  Every year I attend a Halloween event at my daughter’s elementary school and each year I run home terrified at the horrors I see.  These aren’t your typical Halloween ghosts and goblins, Read more about Halloween magic for making your PTA event safe[…]

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English learners must be timely and accurately identified says the Supreme Court

Recently the Supreme Court ruled on a case that has impact for all school districts in the State of California – Lau v Nichols.  One of the outcomes was that school districts must have procedures in place to accurately and timely identify English learners.  The catchphrase is “accurately.”  It is important to note that it Read more about English learners must be timely and accurately identified says the Supreme Court[…]