Safety Efforts Earn RCSD 2015 Platinum School Safety Excellence Award
The Rhinebeck Central School District is one of 131 school districts and Boards of Cooperative Educational Services in the state to receive the “2015 School Safety Excellence Award” from the Utica National Insurance Group. Utica National officials presented the award at its 35th annual school safety seminar, one of seven held in New York State. Utica insures more than 300 school districts in upstate New York for property and liability insurance and is one of the leading companies in the field.
The Rhinebeck Central School District received a certificate from the insurance company to commemorate the district’s safety efforts. The award program has three levels – titanium, platinum, and gold - in which schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria. The district has been awarded gold awards in recent years, and was presented with a platinum award for 2015.
“Safety and health concerns are a priority in our school districts. Whether we are parents seeing our child off on the school bus, teachers charged with the responsibility of educating, or staff who maintain the facility, there is a common thread of attention to safety issues,” Regional Manager – Risk Management Department Mark Aquino said. “It is with great pleasure that we recognize those schools that not only take safety to heart, but go above and beyond to provide a safe, healthy, and focused culture for learning.”
Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award program helps participating schools enhance overall safety through measurable assessment. The program evaluates schools with their own transportation on 19 categories, schools with contract transportation on 18 categories, and BOCES on 14 categories, from bullying prevention program to playground safety, with specific, quantifiable data-gathering surveys. “The payoff goes beyond recognition – if our program is followed properly, it should enable schools to pinpoint specific threats to safety,” Mr. Aquino said.