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FCPS Recognized for Safety; Green Policy

25 November 2019 Winchester Frederick County News

November 25, 2019

FREDERICK COUNTY – Frederick County Public Schools were recognized for their risk management program and for efforts to help heal the environment.

The Virginia Association of Counties Group Self-Insurance Risk Pool handed out the Excellence in Risk Management Award to FCPS. Specifically, the award is given to schools with enrollment in excess of 10,000 students that protect both the school building and student body from harm with a high rate of success.

“Our staff does an outstanding job and is focused on safety, injury prevention and property protection practices,” Superintendent David Sovine said in a press release. “[This award] highlights our commitment to protecting and making the most of the resources we have and are obligated to maintain and protect.”

VACORP awarded only six school districts in the state with the Excellence in Risk Management Award.

“It’s our hope that school divisions across the Commonwealth will learn from the award recipients regarding the best practices in risk management so that proactive practices can be emulated across Virginia,” VACORP School Specialist Lee Brannon said in a press release.

FCPS was also named a Platinum Level Certified Green School Division by the Virginia School Boards Association. It is the ninth consecutive year that the school system has been named to the Platinum Level. FCPS was named a Green School Division for the first time in 2009, made Gold Level in 2010 and has remained Platinum since 2011.

The VSBA Green Schools Challenge is a friendly competition to encourage school systems to improve upon environmentally safe practices. The challenge considers policy, energy efficiency, green buildings and many more categories that would influence a school division’s carbon footprint. According to Sovine, the challenge is good for the environment and benefits FCPS in the long run as well.

“Our commitment to these efforts is wise because the greatest cost associated with a facility over time is the cost to operate its building systems,” Sovine said in a press release. “By investing in and utilizing energy efficient systems, we not only practice environmental stewardship, but we also save valuable tax dollars.”

Only 11 school divisions were named to the Platinum Level. in 2014, FCPS took first place in the Green Schools Challenge and last year they were a finalist for the top award.


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