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There’s No Substitute for Back-to-School Safety Training

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The summer slide can affect students and staff alike. Before the new school year kicks off, your staff should receive a refresher on policies and procedures as well as opportunities to sharpen their skills. Back-to-school training can foster an ongoing culture of safety, productivity and confidence. Here are some of the benefits of providing district-wide safety training.

Empower Employees

Studies indicate many teachers want professional development opportunities that empower them to safely and confidently focus on their job. Investing in your employees’ success can lead to them feeling valued, which in turn can boost staff morale.

Reduce Risks and Cut Costs

From teacher turnover to traffic accidents, an under-prepared staff can affect your bottom line. Did you know slips and falls are the number one cause of school workplace accidents? They’re even a leading cause of general liability claims. Overlooking safety training and retraining could cause accidents among staff, parents, or worse, your students.

Put Staff and Students First

Every student deserves the benefits of a safe and productive learning environment. Providing the training and tools your teachers, para-professionals, custodians and transportation professionals need to successfully handle situations and act when necessary is a critical step in keeping everyone safe and healthy.

How EMC Can Help

We’ve partnered with Vector Solutions™, the leader in web-based training for K-12 academic institutions, to help you manage staff training. Vector Training, K-12 Edition is available at no cost to EMC school policyholders and includes more than 300 online school-focused courses written by leading safety professionals. Topics include bullying prevention, youth suicide, food safety, slips and falls, transportation safety and more. You’ll also find courses that meet your annual training requirements. Here’s a list of recommended courses:

Nutrition Staff

  • Slips, Trips & Falls: Nutrition Services
  • Food Safety & Kitchen Sanitation
  • Food Service Equipment: Safe Use
  • Food Service Equipment: Sanitation
  • Back Injury & Lifting: Support Staff


  • Special Education: Lifts and Transfers
  • Slips, Trips & Falls: Support Staff
  • Special Education: Safety in the Classroom
  • Child Safety Restraint Systems


  • Child Safety Restraint Systems
  • Evacuation Planning for Students with Special Needs
  • Transportation Safety
  • Defensive Driving
  • Distracted Driving
  • Bus Behavior & Discipline

Custodial Staff

  • Slips, Trips & Falls: Custodians, Maintenance & Facilities
  • Science Laboratory Chemical Spills
  • Back Injury & Lifting: Complete
  • Playground Maintenance & Inspection


  • Back Injury & Lifting: Teachers & Administration
  • Slips, Trips & Falls: Teachers & Administration
  • Playground Supervision

If your district isn’t already signed up for Vector Training, you can email or call them at 800-434-0154 to start the process. Just remember to tell them you are an EMC policyholder.

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