PACE Trustee Meeting Recap: Safety Tip Line is New Member Benefit

At their Dec. 2 meeting, the PACE trustees announced that as part of a partnership PACE has with SafeSchools and SafeColleges, PACE members are now eligible for a custom safety tip line. This SafeSchools/SafeColleges Alert System is designed to help schools or districts comply with ORS 339.356 by providing students, parents and staff a way to confidentially or anonymously report any safety concern – including bullying, harassment and intimidation – to the appropriate administration at any time. Administrators can receive tips in four convenient ways: phone, text message, email and website. Every tip is immediately logged into your own customizable SafeSchools Alert System and appropriate administrators are notified via email. Workflows allow administrators to easily delegate tips to colleagues who can investigate and manage tips to resolution. Learn more on the PACE website.

Mike Doherty, PACE's chief financial officer, told the trustees that PACE has not had any surprises in claims this year through November. Financial reports from PACE’s auditors detailed how the losses below retention were less than expected this year.

Director of Risk Management Scott Neufeld reported that there are currently about two dozen districts statewide in compliance with the standards laid out in the PACE Boundary Invasion Toolkit (member login required). By Dec. 19, PACE staff will have made personal visits to every member district to conduct trainings on how to implement the toolkit and qualify for the 5 percent premium discount by May 2015.

For community colleges, a parallel but specialized Boundary Invasion Toolkit is planned for a January release. It will include the information on mandatory reporting for child abuse in addition to tools focused on helping PACE members comply with the SaVE Act, an amendment to the Clery Act.

As a benefit of membership, PACE offers every member district one free registration and free accommodations for the 2015 PACE Day: Safe and Secure Schools, which will take place April 24. Nomination applications will be sent out for the annual PACE Safety Awards early next year, and the winners will receive awards at the conference. In addition, risk management training certificates will also be awarded that day.