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9/5/2017 - National Suicide Prevention Week September 10-16

We’ve all seen the tragic headlines – most recently, a 12-year-old girl from New Jersey took her own life because of bullying. The suicide rate for all age groups has increased 24% over the last 14 years, according to new data released by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Suicide rates have tripled for girls aged 10-14, the highest growth of any group. With National Suicide Prevention Week coming up (9/10-9/16), what is your school, district, or college doing to help train staff on the warning signs of suicide?

In California, the AB 2246 Suicide Prevention bill requires LEAs that serve pupils in grades 7-12 to adopt a suicide prevention policy. The policy should address any training to be provided to teachers on suicide awareness and prevention. Keenan SafeSchools/SafeColleges has a Youth Suicide: Awareness and Prevention course (39 minutes) to provide school professionals with information that can help them reduce the likelihood of suicide among students in their school. This course covers the scope of the problem of youth suicide, common risk factors related to youth suicide, successful strategies for youth suicide prevention, the immediate steps a staff member should take if they encounter a student who is threatening suicide, and best practices for intervention after a suicide (“postvention”).

As an educator, you interact with students everyday so you might be the first to notice a change in a student’s behavior or overall demeanor. Most youth suicides can be prevented. School staff members who are trained and aware can often make the difference between life and death. Here are some warning signs you should pay close attention for:

  • Symptoms of depression.
  • Sudden changes in behavior, friends, or personality.
  • Changes in physical habits or personality.
  • Loss of interest in previously pleasurable activities.
  • Increased use and abuse of alcohol and/or drugs.
  • Suicide threats or confiding thoughts of suicide to a friend or trusted adult.
  • Writing suicidal thoughts on social media, in a diary or journal, or class work.
  • Giving away prized possessions and/or making a will.
  • Preoccupation with death and suicide themes.

Schools and school staff members can also create a positive, supportive environment – and teach life skills which allow young people to cope effectively with personal difficulties.

Keenan SafeSchools/SafeColleges offers courses to help train your staff on topics related to youth suicide, including:

  • Bullying: Recognition & Response (California-specific) (KSS only)
  • Making Schools Safe for LGBT Students (KSS only)
  • Online Safety: Cyberbullying (KSS only)
  • Student Mental Health
  • Youth Suicide: Awareness & Prevention

For more information, contact your Keenan & Associates Account Manager or Loss Control Consultant at or

8/28/2017 - After School Emergencies

During school hours, schools have an emergency response plan (EOP) in place. But what happens after school hours? Who is in charge? What’s the plan if there’s an emergency after hours?

Think about all the activities that happen before and after the school day. It’s equally important to have an EOP for those activities, and to train those running the activities on the EOP.

Here are some ideas from Campus Safety Magazine on how to create an EOP for after school hours emergencies:

  • Train all personnel that will come in contact with students including volunteers, substitutes, facility workers/maintenance, gate workers, ushers, etc.
  • Keep the plan simple and easy to follow.
  • If possible, display a visual/flowchart of the plan.
  • Athletic programs will need to know where to take shelter during a weather emergency.
  • Fine arts programs and meetings will need to know where to take shelter inside the school, dependent on where they are located in the building.
  • Take special needs assistance into account in your EOP.
  • Before a specific event, try and conduct a briefing to discuss areas of concern.

Training all staff associated with after school hours emergencies can be overwhelming. However, Keenan SafeSchools can help! You can easily build your own policies and custom courses in our system and track compliance alongside regular Keenan SafeSchools courses.

For more information, contact your Keenan & Associates Account Manager or Loss Control Consultant.

8/24/2017 - A Training Guide for School Administrators and Educators on Addressing Adult Sexual Misconduct in a School Setting

The U.S. Department of Education, through a contract with an outside agency, has made this Guide available on their website. This Guide provides information regarding Adult Sexual Misconduct (ASM), defines inappropriate contact, discusses the cross over between ASM and Title IX, provides guidance on policies and procedures, hiring practices, the importance of training and more.

8/15/2017 - Administration positions on Title VII and Title XI do not impact compliance

Recently, the Trump administration has signaled changes of position from the Obama administration on both Title IX and Title VII of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.  While these statements certainly indicate the current administration’s position and priorities, they do not yet impact compliance requirements for schools, public agencies or other employers.

Please view this briefing for more information.


8/2/2017 - Enhanced Mandated Reporter Course

Our newly enhanced version of the Mandated Reporter course (version 3) is now available to California public schools on our Abuse Prevention Center. Keenan customers should continue to access training through their Keenan SafeSchools portal in order to benefit from the features of our learning management system.

Annual Mandated Reporter training continues be required within the first 6 weeks of each school year (or within 6 weeks of date of hire). The Keenan SafeSchools course continues to be an easy way for our schools to remain in compliance with this mandate and raise awareness on this important topic to help protect children.

Version 3 is an enhancement designed to not only keep the course content interesting but to also expand the topic in areas that can further help protect children from child abuse and molestation.

We have evolved from our year one course which focused on the need to report, how, where, when and the liability. Our year two course focused on the abused child, the impact to their lives and why we need to protect children from harm.

Our year three course (version 3) goes to the next step in protecting children by demonstrating the types of indicators (which includes the concept of “Grooming”) of child abuse that must be reported, examples of possible indicators of child sexual abuses so school personnel will know when to intercede on campus as well as all the legal requirements of being a mandated reporter.

Child sexual abuse may be an uncomfortable topic for many but the reality is that child sexual abuse is occurring at school and it is important for us all to do our part in protecting children.

Year 3 (version 3) is 33 minutes in length.  A Spanish version will be released in the near future.

We encourage districts to have policies put in place so school personnel understand what is considered acceptable interaction with students and what is not.

Last year, 308,823 Mandated Reporter courses were taken through our Keenan Safeschools platform. We are honored to help schools and protect children.