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Warwick Valley Central School District Receives Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award

on June 7, 2016

The Warwick Valley Central School District received the 2016 Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” at the titanium level with honors during the 36th annual school safety seminar in Saratoga Springs, NY.

The highest award level, titanium with honors, recognizes the district’s continued diligence in creating a safer school environment, and its full adherence to the safety principles prescribed to group members. The District was found to be compliant in all 20 qualifying categories of the program, which include safety policies and procedures, transportation, bullying prevention, sexual misconduct liability, playground safety, indoor air quality, technology class safety, PE/athletic safety, concussion management, all hazards emergency planning, fire safety, vandalism and fiscal liability.

“The safety and well being of our students and staff continues to be a priority in our school district,” said John Russo, Director of Human Resources and Safety. “The District has a ‘safety first’ culture and takes a proactive, preventative and comprehensive approach to safety concerns and threats. We are continuously reviewing and updating our procedures and training our staff to ensure we are prepared and fully compliant.”

To qualify for Utica National’s safety awards, districts must self-evaluate and document their adherence to all of the safety program criteria. The program encourages districts to assess their safety readiness from the perspective of insurance liability, and a Utica National excellence award helps contain insurance costs.

In addition to a certificate commemorating the District’s safety efforts, WVCSD officials accepted a $500 award to help advance school safety.

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