PublicSchoolWORKS Updates Software Suites to Match New School Safety Laws

In preparation for new school safety laws taking effect this summer and fall, compliance software PublicSchoolWORKS has updated its EmployeeSafe Suite and StudentWatch Suite to guide K–12 safety and compliance leaders through the various new state and federal reporting requirements, according to a news release.

One such new law is Ohio’s SAVE Students Act, which requires schools to create threat assessment teams and offer youth violence prevention training. “As recent legislation in states like Ohio, Utah and Texas demonstrates, school safety requirements are complex and always changing. It’s vital that districts have tools that ensure compliance with laws at every level so administrators and other educators can focus on teaching and learning in a safe environment,” said Carrie Mockler, vice president of client services for PublicSchoolWORKS.

The updated EmployeeSafe Suite focuses on three core areas: occupational safety and health, staff social and emotional wellbeing, and high-risk safety and liability issues, according to the company. The software bundle includes more than 50 programs, each with a “collection of systems, processes, managed activities, resources, and training to ensure best practices in school safety and compliance with state and federal laws.”

The updated StudentWatch Suite “offers safety training and various reporting systems to help schools ensure the social and emotional well-being of students” and ensures staff have accurate information and can easily communicate and manage interventions to protect students, the company said. Also included for subscribers is access to a “dedicated safety advisor to help ensure compliance with district, state, and federal requirements” governing student safety and well-being.

The StudentWatch Suite also includes the Stay Safe. Speak Up! App, which allows students and parents to anonymously report suspicious behavior, bullying, or other safety or wellness concerns, according to the announcement.

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