District earns Utica National’s Top School Safety Excellence Award

picture of 2022 School Safety Excellence Award certificateThe Watervliet City School District has earned a Titanium School Safety Excellence Award from the Utica National Insurance Group. This is the company’s highest award for safety.

Watervliet City Schools is one of at least 145 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York to earn the Utica National’s “School Safety Excellence Award” for 2022 at the Titanium level.

The School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels – titanium, platinum, and gold – that schools can earn a meritorious distinction by meeting specific criteria to enhance overall safety. Through the 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,” explained Brian Saville, Senior Vice President in Utica National’s Educational Institutions Unit. “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 Watervliet City School District among them.”