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Trustees approve five-percent discount on premiums

The Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) Board of Trustees unanimously approved a five-percent discount on general liability (GL) premiums for districts that implement all pieces of the PACE Boundary Invasion Toolkit.

“PACE wants to work in partnership with districts to protect students. We know that implementation of the tools in the toolkit is important, and the trustees’ action to provide a financial incentive for adopting these best practices provides a real benefit to our members.” said Scott Neufeld, PACE Director of Risk Management.July 2014 PACE Board of Trustees Meeting

 In 2010, Oregon passed strong protective legislation against sexual misconduct in K-12 schools. The law requires intensive training for all school staff on preventing, identifying and reporting questionable conduct. While teachers often receive this training, other school employees, like education support professionals, may not know how to recognize signs of misconduct.

It is imperative that school board members, school administrators, district human resources personnel, and others in each school district have the background knowledge and the resources to ensure that their districts are doing everything they can to protect students. The Property and Casualty Coverage for Education (PACE) toolkit aids in this endeavor by providing the tools (member log-in required) necessary to successfully meet the requirements of the law.

Knowing that this is a vital issue, PACE staff have also met with about fifty districts to conduct trainings, and they continue to schedule one-hour trainings with member districts on how to implement the toolkit. Districts must be prepared to outline what boundary invasion safety programs they have in place at the time of the meeting. Members can call 1-800-285-5461 for more information, or they can access the toolkit online (member log-in required). The toolkit is in the form of a downloadable packet, which includes sample policy, reporting forms, a FAQ list and a comprehensive PowerPoint for educating teachers and staff.

Districts that implement the toolkit by May 2015 will receive a discount for the 2015-16 school year. Those that have the toolkit implemented by May 2016 will receive a five-percent discount on the 2016-17 school year. In order to qualify for the discount, the district must implement every tool in the PACE Boundary Invasion Toolkit by the specified time.  For more information, contact Scott Neufeld by phone at 800-285-5461 or 503-371-8667 or by email at losscontrol@sdao.com.