Ringing in 2015 With New Winter Health Risks

Vol. 5 No. 4

There’s no denying that winter has arrived. Even stereotypically warm locations such as Nevada, Arizona, and most of Texas have experienced arctic air and snow this season. Northern states have already embraced temperatures well below zero!

Cold temperatures can lead to several life-threatening risks such as heart attack and hypothermia, as well as several non-lethal yet serious health concerns such as frostbite, depression, increased exposure to the flu and colds, and a trigger for asthma—just to mention a few of the most common. Colder weather also means more time spent indoors, which could expose you to dangerous levels of carbon monoxide, a potentially poisonous gas that causes more than 20,000 emergency room visits each year and nearly 450 annual deaths.

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Operation Keep Your School Safe—Stereotyping School Shooters

Vol. 5 No. 3

Just as we posted an article claiming gun violence was on a decline, another school shooting rattled news media and saddened viewers' hearts around the nation. On October 24, 2014, Jaylen Fryberg sent text messages to friends (including two cousins who were also students) inviting them to join him for lunch in the Marysville–Pilchunck High School cafeteria in Washington State. Sitting together, Fryberg opened fire on his friends with a .40-caliber Beretta handgun that belonged to a family member before turning the gun on himself.


Ask ISM's Risk Manager

Vol. 5 No. 3

Q: We’re preparing an updated Risk Management plan for 2015. Our committee has really done some great work thus far, seemingly engaged with the task. However, they’ve reached a tricky segment defining and revising the Vendor section. They reached out to me for insight as I’m the Business Manager and can at least provide them with a list of different vendors we have relationships with. But, I’m curious, what should be in a contract when using vendors? What should I be looking for when they propose it for approval?

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Winter Storm Survival Checklist

Vol. 5 No. 3

The holiday season is also the start of nasty winter weather warnings. Fifty percent of the country has already seen its first taste of snow, ice, and flooding, and predictions are calling for another active season. Here are some tips and guidelines for preparing your school for the months ahead.

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Schools Reacting to Ebola in the U.S.

Vol. 5 No. 2

Ebola in the U.S. has many on guarded alert. The devastation in Africa has Americans worried that it’s only a matter of time until we start to see rising death tolls here in the states. Numerous schools over the past weeks have suspended classes and closed campuses in response to scares that some of their students or parents came into contact with one of the few confirmed Ebola patients in the U.S. This panic is prompting people to take extra precautionary measures to keep their families safe.


Ask ISM’s Risk Manager

Vol. 5 No. 2

Q: I’m new to the position of Business Manager, and very new to education. I’ve been doing a good amount of reading to prepare for my role, but some of it escapes me. Can you tell me what an “Employment Practices” claim is in terms of education?

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