Jamestown Public Schools was recently named one of 131 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive the Utica National Insurance Group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2015. The honor, presented annually, recognizes school districts’ safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe. JPS received the its award at Utica National’s 35th annual school safety seminar in Olean, NY.
“We are honored to receive the School Safety Excellence Award,” said JPS Superintendent Tim O. Mains. “School safety is a priority at JPS and we are proud that Utica National commend us for our efforts to keep students, staff and the community safe in our schools.”
Schools must meet specific criteria to enhance overall safety through Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program. Schools with their own transportation, schools with contract transportation and BOCES are evaluated. Categories covered include: bullying prevention programs, playground safety and other areas, and are measured using specific, quantifiable surveys.
“Safety and health concerns continue to be a priority in our school districts,” said Mark Aquino, regional manager in Utica National’s risk management department. “Districts that go ‘above and beyond’ to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we’re pleased to count JPS among them.”
Mr. Aquino noted that, beyond the recognition itself, an added benefit of following the safety program is the chance to pinpoint specific threats to safety. “The time to address those threats is before a loss happens, which really helps to contribute to the safety culture that districts are working toward.”