Watervliet City School District receives Safety Excellence Award

Platinum School Safety Excellence Award certificate from Utica National Insurance GroupThe Watervliet City School District has earned a Platinum School Safety Excellence Award for 2023 from the Utica National Insurance Group.

Watervliet is one of at least 165 school districts and Board of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES) in New York State to receive an award for our efforts to provide a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff.

Utica National’s School Safety Excellence Award Program has three levels of merit – titanium, platinum, and gold – that schools can earn  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.”