Schools in Massachusetts to Use PublicSchoolWORKS to Provide Online Safety Training for Staff
North Adams Public Schools in North Adams, MA and Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, MA implement PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite
Cincinnati, Ohio (October 8, 2019) — North Adams Public Schools in North Adams, MA and Pathfinder Regional Vocational Technical High School in Palmer, MA have partnered with PublicSchoolWORKS, the number one provider of complete, online safety and regulatory compliance programs for K-12 schools. Both will use PublicSchoolWORKS’ EmployeeSafe Suite to deliver customized training, accident management and reporting, and chemical safety. Using the entire EmployeeSafe Suite they will be able to meet compliance regulations and ensure a safe teaching and learning environment for all stakeholders.
“Our mission is, and always has been, to help public schools address the challenges surrounding staff and student safety,” said Steve Temming, President of PublicSchoolWORKS. “Our team is devoted to helping both North Adams and Pathfinder automate and streamline their staff safety training across the board.”
EmployeeSafe provides schools and districts with access to 600+ online safety courses. This includes courses districts are required to deploy to employees, including Suicide Prevention, Restraint and Seclusion, and more, as well as courses on other important safety topics, including Slips, Trips, and Falls and Armed Assailant.
With a relatively small administrative team, North Adams needed a way to deliver high-quality and timely training. It partnered with PublicSchoolWORKS this school year to deliver safety training to all of its approximately 300 staff members, including teachers, cafeteria and facilities workers, clerical paraprofessionals, and librarians.
“We wanted a system that would help us meet growing federal and state requirements around compliance, as well as really make the training process impactful for our staff,” said Superintendent Barbara Malkas, Ed.D. “PublicSchoolWORKS provides robust training and PD that will help keep our district—and all of our staff—compliant, organized, accountable, and informed. It will also help us think about how we can continually improve our operations to maintain safety and well-being across all of our school sites.”
Pathfinder, one of 26 regional vocational schools in the state, was previously delivering in-person training before implementing EmployeeSafe. The school, which originally rolled out the program with its vocational teachers, is now using the EmployeeSafe Suite with all of its 132 full-time employees, as well as with its students. This includes training and reporting on OSHA requirements, asbestos awareness, lead paint, ladder safety, bloodborne pathogens, and more.
“We started with a smaller-scale implementation of EmployeeSafe, but soon expanded once we realized how much the program has to offer,” said Assistant Superintendent and Principal Eric Duda. “EmployeeSafe saves us so much time and really makes it easy for us to provide and track the training—we can send out reminders and see who has completed the necessary courses. Our staff also really likes how the program gives them much-needed flexibility to complete training at times most convenient for them.”
Since 2000, PublicSchoolWORKS safety compliance management solutions have focused on helping schools easily meet ever-changing compliance requirements, improve staff and student safety, cut costs associated with risk, and reduce administrator and staff time and effort. PublicSchoolWORKS is the only, complete K12 safety compliance management program created by and for schools, and is proud to provide districts with award-winning technology and support recognized by North American educators.