News & Updates
ASCIP is concerned with protecting children, and reducing incidents of bullying and sexual misconduct on school campuses. One of our partners, Safety National, recently published an article addressing this important topic. This article is being republished with their permission.
At the 2017 PRIMA Annual Conference, a panel discussed issues pertaining to sexual misconduct and bullying in schools. The panel included:
- Beth Capek – Vice President, Claims Client Manager, Munich Reinsurance America
- Lance Hammond – Director Risk Management Department, Clear Risk Solutions
- Catalina Sugayan – Partner, Sedgwick LLP
Sexual misconduct cases can result in significant liability for school districts. Two recent cases highlighted were a $3 million jury award in Florida in August 2016 and a California case in March 2017 that settled for $8.25 million. These awards highlight the importance of schools training their staff to recognize potential sexual abuse situations so that they can be prevented.
When ASCIP member, Ontario-Montclair School District reviewed their loss trends with their ASCIP Risk Services consultant last year, they noticed that one particular school, Lincoln Elementary School which houses a severe special education program, had the top number of injuries with a very high total incurred loss value. The District team of Phil Hillman, Chief Business Official; Jordan Aquino, Chief Financial Officer and Terri Douglas, Workers’ Compensation Technician, met with the school Principal, Bill Corrette to review the losses and discuss solutions. Bill was shocked by the numbers and stated that he has never reviewed this data in his years as principal. The team discussed many ideas and agreed to a two-prong approach.
By Reshan Cooray, Senior Director of Risk Services for ASCIP
It’s only been a little over two years since the terrorist attack at the Inland Regional Center, when another horrific event occurred on Monday, April 10, 2017 in San Bernardino at North Park Elementary School. A male died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound after shooting and killing a female special needs teacher. Two students were injured in the incident; one, later that day, was pronounced dead at the hospital.
Certainly, our hearts go out to the faculty, staff, students, and parents of the San Bernardino City Unified School District and to all members of the San Bernardino community.
Such incidents remind us that its important to review our policies and procedures on school security and how we communicate this information to parents. Below are some recommendations for school safety and how to best protect your students and staff against similar events: