The Utica National Insurance Group has given Chatham Central School District its highest award for safety excellence, presenting Chatham with its 2019 Titanium with Honors School Safety Excellence Award. At Utica National’s 39th annual school safety seminar held in Saratoga Springs March 26, Chatham CSD accepted a certificate commemorating the District’s safety efforts and a $500 award for use in furthering our efforts.
Chatham is one of 156 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive the insurance group’s “School Safety Excellence Award” in 2019. Schools can earn a meritorious distinction three levels – gold, platinum, and titanium – by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall school safety. Schools are evaluated in categories such as bullying prevention programs, playground safety, transportation, and other areas using specific, quantifiable surveys.
“Districts that go above and beyond to provide a safe, healthy and focused culture for learning are to be applauded, and we are pleased to count Chatham Central School District among them,” explained Brian Saville, Resident Senior Vice President in Utica National’s Educational Institutions Unit. Mr. Saville noted that, beyond the recognition itself, an added benefit of following the safety program is the chance the chance to pinpoint specific threats to safety. “The time to address those threats is before a loss happens, which really helps contribute to the safety culture that districts are working toward.”
Chatham has earned the Titanium level award each year since 2013 and earned the platinum level award in 2012.