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Who We Are: The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) is New York’s premier provider of property and casualty insurance for school districts and BOCES. Our insurance programs are custom-built and designed specifically for K-12 schools and BOCES across New York State.
NYSIR is a fully licensed not for profit insurance company that treats its members like family. These members get five key benefits:
How We Work: NYSIR is not-for-profit, memberowned, and member-focused.
As a not-for-profit company, NYSIR does not build profit into insurance costs.
Why it Works: NYSIR stabilizes coverage and rates—and cuts long-term costs.
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), New York’s premier provider of property and casualty insurance for school districts and BOCES, offers public schools and BOCES a comprehensive school-based risk management program. Through collaborative service, NYSIR helps its extended family of subscribing members control the risks and exposures that can harm public school districts. NYSIR offers the prospect of safer schools and longterm cost containment through proactive risk management—as opposed to treating insurance as a mere price-sensitive commodity.
Sharing Responsibility: NYSIR is a fully licensed insurance company that offers insurance programs that are customized for public schools and BOCES across the state. NYSIR differentiates itself with focused expertise in school district risk management that tailors unique safety and risk-reduction programs for each participating member. These programs improve participants’ operations and preparedness, and help members increase safety and, thus, reduce losses and expenses.
NYSIR’s Approach to Risk Management: The NYSIR risk-management program is school specific—that is, designed to address the loss exposures unique to school districts and BOCES. NYSIR members receive the following added-value services at no cost:
In an education environment that can change from week to week, school administrators, educators and staff need
to take advantage of every available resource to train, update their knowledge base and stay on top of the latest in risk management techniques. NYSIR’s Online University (NYOU) helps them do just that.
NYSIR Online University offers educators resources to help them train, update their knowledge base and stay on top of the latest education related risk management techniques.
ADVANTAGE NYSIR: NYSIR Online University Course List
Emergency Management College
Head Injury Prevention Program (HIPP) College
Playground Safety College
School Administration College
CTLE College (Continuing Teacher and Leader Education Program)
These CTLE-approved courses have been arranged in one list for educators seeking CTLE hours.
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) offers participating school districts and BOCES exemplary coverage, stable pricing, and long-term cost containment. It also offers distinctive coverage innovations:
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) offers participating school districts and BOCES stable coverage and pricing as well as long-term cost containment. NYSIR’s superior, individualized risk management programs and services enhance the long term value to NYSIR’s extended family of subscribing members.
Risk management and safety programs: NYSIR offers risk management and safety programs that are unsurpassed in breadth and quality. Examples include:
Claims administration: NYSIR’s sophisticated, member-oriented, and personalized claims management seeks quick, fair settlements in most cases but vigorously defends members facing meritless claims. The claims management team includes experienced insurance executives, claims examiners, and veteran investigators and attorneys. About 60 percent of liability claims against NYSIR members end with no indemnity payments to others for damage, injury, or loss. NYSIR also brings about 30 cases a year to trial. Over the last five years, 80 percent of verdicts have favored the school district NYSIR is defending. This protects school officials’ reputations—and helps contain long-term insurance costs.
Fixed asset appraisals: NYSIR contracts with an approved service provider to offer a free, independent appraisal of all members’ fixed assets every five years. The appraisal meets standards imposed by the New York State Office of the Comptroller and the GASB-34 standards. This appraisal also ensures that NYSIR members have accurately valued property for insurance protection.
Verify Driver License Credentials: The NYSIR program includes proactive, continuous license monitoring and driver data management services of district-employed drivers along with pre-employment checks and “school bus qualified” verification for charter or coach bus field trips to ensure drivers are licensed and in compliance with state and federal driving regulations.
Professional group support: NYSIR joins associations that support school district officials, participates actively in them, and sponsors their conference programs. These groups include the New York School State Boards Association, the Council of School Superintendents, the Association of School Business Officials, the New York State School Facilities Association, the New York State Association of Pupil Transport, and the Rural Schools Association, among others.
Scholarships: NYSIR awards college scholarships to support students at member school districts in honor of different individuals who have served NYSIR in the past. These scholarships are awarded in all regions of the state to individuals with special physical or learning challenges and/or unique creative gifts as well as two for a students with a record of involvement in humanitarian activities. NYSIR also awards scholarships to school officials to support continuing education or professional development activities through its connections with the associations
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) records some 3,400 new claims a year, including liability and physical damage claims, for school districts and BOCES that are NYSIR members, or “subscribers.” NYSIR settles claims quickly and fairly
but vigorously defends members when meritless claims are brought against them. This reflects NYSIR’s standing as a member-owned, member driven organization that provides the best, most personal support to members in need of help after any unfortunate
Property claims: NYSIR strives to resolve property claims as quickly as possible so affected school entities can resume full operations. NYSIR works closely with the insured to learn what is needed to restore full operations. For example, unlike most commercial insurance, NYSIR coverage will replace a “totaled” school bus that is 10 years old or younger with a comparable new bus. This has been a priority for NYSIR and the school business officials who rely on it since NYSIR’s earliest days.
Liability claims: NYSIR settles meritorious general liability claims promptly but vigorously opposes claims deemed to be without merit. Other insurers often settle such claims for reduced amounts, sacrificing money and the reputations of school districts and school officials solely to avoid litigation.
Team-based management: NYSIR’s strong claims team includes experienced insurance executives, claims examiners, and veteran investigators and attorneys who are long-time NYSIR partners. Both claims examiners and external partners are also assigned responsibility for NYSIR member school entities on a regional basis, so they develop relationships with those they regularly serve.
Outcomes: More than 50 percent of liability claims against members of NYSIR’s family of subscribers typically end with no compensation awarded to others for damage, injury, or loss. In many cases, no liability is found; sometimes NYSIR is able to transfer liability—for example, to an outside entity that was using school property and/ or was responsible for the event that triggered the claim. NYSIR also typically brings to trial about 30 claims per year. Over the last five years, 80 percent of verdicts have been in favor of the BOCES or school district that NYSIR is defending and have protected school officials’ reputations.
Effects on costs: Defending meritless claims can increase short-term expenses, but in the long term, this aggressive approach to claims management controls costs. NYSIR’s approach is well established and predictable, and the plaintiffs’ bar has come to recognize the hazards of pursuing dubious claims against NYSIR subscribers.
What is NYSIR?
NYSIR also provides BOCES members the following value-inherent service benefits:
How does NYSIR help participating members manage risks?
When comparing insurance programs, the New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) offers more to New York’s public schools and BOCES than anyone else. Its possible other companies may seem to match NYSIR’s cost, but are they matching our program?
Insurance is not a commodity. Student, staff and community safety should not be left to the low-price provider. Many of the services included in a NYSIR membership are not provided by other insurers or come at an additional cost. That is the NYSIR Advantage.
The table presents just some of the things that set NYSIR apart when it comes to property and casualty insurance for New York’s public schools and BOCES.
In addition to the services listed in the table, every member has access to NYSIR employees and certified representatives who have in-depth knowledge and expertise in advising subscribers on coverage, risk management and how to experience the full value of the NYSIR Advantage.
In addition to the advantage of robust coverage, following are some of the valuable services that NYSIR members receive:
Fixed asset appraisal of buildings and contents:
NYSIR members are eligible to receive a paid valuation assessment every five years. This service includes a physical valuation of your district’s buildings and contents, NYSIR compliant insurance valuation reports, and GASB-34 property cost accounting reports. Additionally, NYSIR offers customized asset inventory and equipment valuation services to meet the specific needs of each member BOCES and RIC.
Enhanced risk transfer:
To protect members from liability, NYSIR performs risk transfer services such as reviews of service contracts and certificates of insurance compliance. NYSIR helps members reduce potential losses and claims costs by helping them appropriately transfer risk through the effective use of insurance certificates and indemnification language. NYSIR will proactively perform the duties involved in the risk transfer process for facility users and transportation contractors, further protecting school districts from potential losses.
Driver license monitoring of district-employed drivers:
In partnership with License Monitor, Inc., NYSIR provides proactive license monitoring and driver data management services through its secure online program. Driver license activity is continuously reported, allowing users to ensure that unlicensed or unqualified drivers are not operating district vehicles.
Head injury baseline and post-concussion testing:
NYSIR works in partnership with ImPACT Applications to conduct baseline cognitive testing every two years to evaluate student athletes who compete in 15 varsity and JV contact sports. The program will also pay for post-concussion testing of any students whose injuries subject them to school district concussion protocols.
Crisis communication support:
When a member school district or BOCES faces any crisis that requires sensitive stakeholder communications, it can ask NYSIR to approve strategic communications services from one of two New York State–based public relations firms with extensive experience in school-based crisis communications.
24/7 access to NYSIR’s Online University training:
NYSIR’s Online University offers online training 24/7 to the staff of all of its subscriber school districts. Training topics include: The Dignity for All Students Act, Hazard Communication (“Right-To-Know”) Training Program, employment liability and more.
Safety Grant for Emergency Management Program App:
NYSIR provides a safety grant annually for BOCES to purchase an Emergency Management Program from their choice of two companies.
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) has maintained consistently excellent performance as measured by its core financials and regular evaluations by regulators and auditors. This financial record helps NYSIR sustain stable coverage and pricing, long-term cost-containment, partnership-based service and claims, family-like focus on managing and reducing risk, and consecutive years of A (Excellent) ratings from AM Best since 1995. NYSIR is the only carrier operating across the entire state serving public school entities that has maintained that rating.
NYSIR’s model: NYSIR is New York’s premier provider of property and casualty insurance for school districts and BOCES. It is a not-for profit reciprocal insurance company owned by its member policyholders. As a reciprocal, NYSIR was required by law to protect against insurer failure in one of two ways:
It could have chosen to join profit-driven commercial insurers in all sectors by contributing annually to the New York State Guaranty Fund, which insures against carrier failures in all categories of insurance; or
It could have chosen to have members agree to pay assessments—extra charges—only if NYSIR’s surplus fell below $1.8 million. NYSIR’s current surplus exceeds $170 million. NYSIR chose to be assessable after projecting that strong funding, underwriting and pricing, and reinsurance would make assessments unnecessary. That projection was accurate: NYSIR has never imposed any assessment against members, and over the years its members have saved tens of millions of dollars in extra charges they would have been required to pay into the state Guaranty Fund, the alternative NYSIR rejected. This choice also spared NYSIR the added costs of funding New York’s Automobile Assigned Risk Pool.
NYSIR’s “combined ratio” — which measures how insurers balance incoming dollars with incurred losses and expenses — has been strong; consistently under 100 percent.
NYSIR buys reinsurance to shield members from large or catastrophic losses. For example, NYSIR paid over $36 million in claims after Superstorm Sandy, but its net loss was well below $3 million – because reinsurers covered the rest.
When New York State school districts and BOCES created NYSIR, they faced a crucial decision on how to protect participating school districts and BOCES from the effects of potential insolvency. They chose wisely—and saved participating school districts and BOCES many millions of dollars in the process.
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) is a fully licensed not-for-profit insurance company that operates as a “reciprocal.” In a reciprocal insurer, “subscribing members” agree to assume one another’s risks and insurance costs. However, over 25 years, NYSIR has never come close to needing such an extra payment from members.
All insurers must make some provision for covering claims in the event of insolvency. If NYSIR had chosen to be licensed to issue nonassessable policies, its members would have been required to pay higher premiums, with part of each premium payment sent to the state Guaranty Fund. This fund protects policyholders of insolvent insurers, usually up to a $1 million limit.
Assessable and non-assessable policies are just different approaches to protect against insurer insolvency. In NYSIR’s case, offering assessable policies has enabled it to offer its member school districts and BOCES insurance at lower rates and with less financial risk.
School districts and BOCES mulling insurance options should contrast the limited protection of the Guaranty Fund with the protection promised when all members pledge to protect one another. Each approach comes with tradeoffs. These tradeoffs tend to offset each other when a reciprocal is in its formative stages, when new members might prefer Guaranty Fund payments to the specter of sharing assessments among a relatively small group of members. If it had chosen to issue non-assessable policies, NYSIR would still have faced risk. So in its formative years, NYSIR chose to build a cushion against insolvency through capital contributions.
With more than 350 members, reserves of $93 million and an additional financial cushion of over $170 million in surplus, NYSIR has no economic rationale for paying into the Guaranty Fund. The risk of insolvency has shrunk, and the large number of members reduces every member’s assessment exposure.
NYSIR has never been insolvent—and, in fact, has never come close. As a result, its members have never paid a single assessment—meaning they have saved millions of dollars they would have had to pay into the state Guaranty Fund if they had chosen
the alternative course. No wonder NYSIR has earned an AM Best rating of “A”—which remains the first and best line of defense against the financial burden that could be created by insolvency.
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) Property Valuation Program is provided to assist members with establishing supportable property values to address both insurance and GASB-34 property cost accounting requirements. The program is managed by CBIZ Valuation Group, LLC (CBIZ), which has been providing property insurance and capital asset data collection and valuation services for more than 30 years. The program offers districts skilled professional consultants, technology, innovative service offerings and unparalleled customer service. As your property valuation consultants, our primary focus is to make your business easier.
Services: NYSIR members are eligible to receive a paid valuation every five years, a service that includes:
Expertise: A subsidiary of CBIZ, Inc. (NYSE: CBZ), we are one of the largest full-service valuation firms in the United States offering the resources of a national company with the personal service you expect from a local partner. Our consulting solutions are designed to meet financial reporting, external audit and property control requirements.
The Benefit: We know that an educated and experienced staff is only part of developing a successful project team that results in a top-notch analysis. Additionally, it requires a commitment to quality and the ability to communicate effectively with all our clients. Every client has specific needs. At CBIZ, we dedicate the time to understand your needs and expectations and take pride in surpassing them.
CBIZ Valuation Group (CBIZ) offers a variety of capital asset updating service options that are designed to provide NYSIR members with flexible and costeffective solutions for keeping their databases updated during the five years between NYSIR paid valuations. We recommend annual updates to keep records current for fixed- asset reporting in relation to GASB-34 and GAAP reporting requirements, as well as maintaining accurate insurable values for insurance placement and proof-of-loss documentation.
Electronic Spreadsheet Update: This service offers districts an electronic method of updating their valuation and property inventory records. Using our pre-formatted electronic data sheet, a district can enter or upload changes to their property inventory records (additions, deletions, donations and capital projects) and submit those changes annually to CBIZ via email. Changes are then reviewed and appended to the district’s most recent valuation data file.
Limited On-Site Update Service: Under this option, CBIZ visits member districts annually and will work with their representatives to identify additions, disposals and transfers based on current-year purchase orders and other records made available. CBIZ will provide an Excel template that districts can use for tracking activity. This service is customized to address a district’s individual requirements and can be scheduled annually, quarterly or biannually.
Comprehensive On-Site Re-Inventory: This option offers districts on-site assistance with updates to their valuation and property inventory records by completing a comprehensive scanned reinventory consistent with the scope of the initial physical inventory project. This service includes use of CBIZ data collection tools and proprietary data collection software application. CBIZ’s re-inventory service can be customized to address a district’s specific requirements and can be completed annually or scheduled every two, three or four years.
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR), New York’s premier provider of property and casualty insurance for school districts and BOCES, offers all members access to free crisis communication services from an experienced strategic communications firm in approved instances. When a school district or BOCES faces the perception or reality that it has done something wrong, timely counsel from communications experts on what to say, when, and how can minimize damage to reputations of school districts and school district officials. It can also limit impact on the district and its taxpayers of future liability claims.
How it Works: When a member school district or BOCES faces any crisis that requires sensitive stakeholder communications, it can ask NYSIR to approve strategic communications services from either of two New York State-based PR firms with extensive experience in school-based crisis communications. NYSIR’s counselors have broad national experience conducting training and providing urgent counsel on a range of school-based crises, including cases of murder, bullying, hazing, sexual misconduct, accidental death on school sites, and so on.
Strategic communications services provided can include: message development; messenger training and coaching; media relations; writing/editing of releases, letters, speeches, op-eds, social media posts, and other common PR materials; and other tasks as circumstances dictate.
Services will typically be provided by phone, email, and/or Skype. NYSIR will pay approved professional fees for up to eight hours of services within the first 48 hours of the crisis. In certain circumstances, NYSIR may approve additional spending. The member district or BOCES will cover expenses for any assignment that requires travel to a school or BOCES site. The district or BOCES may negotiate a separate contract with the PR firm for additional services if it wishes.
Why it Matters: These available services help member school districts or BOCES focus appropriate attention and energy on the need to speak promptly and forthrightly about the challenge or crisis and how they are responding to it. Like any organization, school entities may risk compounding the damage or creating a whole new crisis if they are seen as speaking slowly, clumsily, incompletely, or disingenuously to parents, students, employees, journalists, elected officials, and other stakeholders.
Dealing with bad news? Whatever you do, don’t go it alone. Before you talk to the media, talk with a crisis communication specialist. Mower has been providing formal media and crisis training for over 20 years. We’ve helped countless organizational leaders learn how to successfully manage interviews while facing tough questions.
Do nothing when a crisis occurs and your reputation will surely suffer. But properly managed, a crisis can actually become an opportunity. The best way to manage a crisis is to avoid it in the first place. Draw on our extensive “battlefield experience” to get your organization crisisready with critical risk assessments and crisis planning. Our Customized Crisis Training program teaches executives and company spokespeople the skills necessary to the make the right decisions under fire. Your good reputation is too valuable to risk.
Components of Crisis Training Program by Mower: Our workshop teaches senior management how to manage perceptions of the situation by communicating properly during the initial hours of a crisis. Specifically, we teach:
During our half-day training, we focus exclusively on sessions that incorporate active levels of participant interaction. These sessions provide deep insight into trainees’ performance and their ultimate capabilities. Organizations benefit from learning the differing strengths and weaknesses of their potential spokespersons.
Because it is important for individuals to clearly understand the behavior of the media, we spend time revealing reporters’ motivations and the techniques they typically utilize during interviews. With this understanding, interviewees gain the confidence and knowledge they need to manage the interview, rather than being managed by it.
Our training sessions can also provide a critical “test run” for an organization’s key messages and its ability to effectively address a specific issue. The “message development” component of our training often results in more focused and persuasive communications.
The New York Schools Insurance Reciprocal (NYSIR) will provide a safety grant annually for our member BOCES to purchase an Emergency Management Program. NYSIR has identified two programs from two companies that each BOCES can choose from. Learn more about Venuetize and its product Rapid Responder on this page and from the attachment. We encourage the BOCES to review and make a choice to access this safety plan upgrade supported by NYSIR.
Services: The program takes the required safety plans and digitizes them for protected easy access, updating and sharing. Rapid Responder provides full implementation and software support. NYSIR will provide the safety grant for up to four sites/campuses as defined by Venuetize.
Expertise: Rapid Responder is an All-Hazards Emergency Preparedness and Crisis Management System, SAFETY Act Certified by the Department of Homeland Security, that securely stores critical information for use by campus personnel and first responders. Rapid Responder is the most widely deployed school crisis management system in the United States protecting thousands of campuses across the country. The system replaces your three-ring binder, providing the most updated emergency response information quickly to all crisis response team members and first responders. The system can also be used for day-to-day campus security management, tracking of drills, incidents, training and certification.
Benefits: Regardless of the emergency situation (e.g. active shooter, property damage, vandalism, or natural disaster) Rapid Responder gives school administration the ability to display and access everything from floor plans, emergency response plans, digital images, escape routes and communicate action plans for faster response times. Collaboration with first responders allows schools to prepare and manage every incident with enhanced relationships with local authorities. Access reports with specific details and imagery for both record requirements and insurance claims.
Crime threatens significant losses for all employers, including schools. A 2014 study by the Association of Certified Fraud Examinersi estimates occupational fraud alone costs a typical organization 5 percent of revenues each year; fewer than half of victim organizations recover any fraud-related losses. To address the risk of loss from employee theft and other specified fraud activity, NYSIR offers its members commercial coverage provided by Travelersii for dishonest acts by employees, volunteers, and individuals who steal district property. Other perils covered by the policy include forgery (including credit card forgery), thefts of money and securities, computer fraud crimes, and funds transfer fraud.
Coverage: Typical Travelers crime policies written for NYSIR members provide coverage for dishonest acts starting at $1 million per occurrence; members may choose different limits on coverage, and some opt to increase coverage to $5 million per loss. The policy limit is applicable to each single loss event occurring during the policy period. These crime policies cover losses caused by employees and volunteers, including board members and officers of parent-teacher organizations and booster clubs.
This crime insurance can cover losses due to acts committed by individuals employed by non-covered government entities who serve as “designated agents” for the insured school entity—such as a town tax collector who also collects school taxes. NYSIR members can also choose to buy up to $100,000 of coverage for other “designated agents” at other government entities, such as employees shared by more than one school district.
School entities’ exposure to cyber-risk is a growing and rapidly evolving concern. In 2016, NYSIR moved to address this trend by incorporating cyber-risk insurance by endorsement into its general liability policy. NYSIR provides two-part data breach insurance known as CyberOne and Data Compromise to a $250,000 limit each, at no additional premium charge for all NYSIR member districts and BOCES. The insurance will cover “first-party” direct costs of dealing with breaches of privacy or failures of security as well as “thirdparty” claims by affected individuals or government entities acting on their behalf. Additional coverage is available, up to $1 million for subscribers who apply and qualify, at a modest premium cost.
CyberOne insurance helps school districts pay for the costs associated with restoring computer systems and recovering data as well as protecting against “third-party” liabilities a district might have as a result of a failure of system security.
Computer attack coverage provides up to a $250,000 aggregate limit as a result of a computer attack by an unauthorized person who gains access to your computer system and causes damage to your computers or data. Covered expenses include:
Network security liability coverage provides for defense costs (within the coverage limit) and associated settlement and judgment costs arising from an action brought by third parties that allege certain injuries caused by a failure in the insured’s systems security. The $250,000 annual aggregate limit for network security liability is advantageously separate from the limit that applies to computer attack coverage.
Data Compromise coverage is designed to help public school entities cover expenses in financial, legal, and service obligations associated with an unauthorized disclosure of personal information. Also included are defense and liability costs related to that personal data breach.
Response expense coverage pays for postbreach notification requirements and other coverage first-party expenses up to a $250,000 aggregate, include:
Defense and liability coverage up to an aggregate limit of $250,000 provides for defense costs (covered within limits) and associated liability costs that arise from an action brought by “affected individuals” or government entities on behalf of third parties. Data Compromise Insurance coverages both settlements with “affected individuals” as well as judgements rendered.
School entities remain liable for their districtemployed drivers, and those who are not properly vetted are a greater risk to districts. Pupil transportation in New York State is regulated by several agencies, including NYS Education Department and the NYS Department of Motor Vehicles.
NYSIR partnered with License Monitor Inc. (LMI) in the Fall of 2007 to offer member school districts and BOCES a risk management tool to monitor driver license activity and to manage driver data of district-employed school bus drivers. NYSIR recognizes school entities’ liability extends to those beyond bus drivers and has expanded on the coverage that LMI has previously provided NYSIR members. Effective July 1, 2017 the risk management tool is being expanded to include preemptive monitoring for all district-employed drivers.
How it Works: License Monitor, Inc. provides proactive license monitoring and driver data management services through its secure online program. Driver license activity is continuously reported, allowing users to ensure that unlicensed or unqualified drivers are not operating district vehicles. Authorized users receive daily email alerts reporting driver license activity and 19A status reports.
The program also offers a fully integrated 19A compliance monitor to track NYS Education Department and NYS DMV Article 19A requirements, allowing users to ensure that unlicensed or unqualified drivers are known prior to operating district vehicles.
Furthermore, the program allows NYSIR members to access a feature that can run instant motor vehicle records for preemployment purposes, which allows NYSIR members to quickly and efficiently verify driver license status of employment candidates.
Why it Matters: This service allows NYSIR members an effective way to organize and manage driver license activity, saving time and resources. This tool further ensures that the district is properly protected, and no unauthorized operator is driving for the district. This enhanced coverage reflects NYSIR’s tradition of providing the best, most comprehensive tools to members to ensure safety and the best coverage available.
Cost: There is no additional cost to NYSIR members.
NYSIR offers a free program to help members manage risks from scholastic sports, including the risk of head injuries. This comprehensive program provides improved protection to NYSIR members’ student athletes and increases the knowledge of key district professionals. The program includes:
Cost: The program is free to all NYSIR members. Other school districts and BOCES must pay for these services. NYSIR knows of no other insurer that provides this service at no cost.
Proactive cognitive testing: NYSIR works with ImPACT Applications to conduct baseline cognitive testing every two years to evaluate student athletes who compete in 15 varsity, JV and modified contact sports. The program will also
pay for post-concussion testing of any students whose injuries subject them to school district concussion protocols. Tests done after suspected concussions help clinical professionals compare students’ cognitive abilities to results from baseline
tests and then make decisions on whether students may return to competition. The results also aid in developing plans for return to learning. Testing is web-based and is administered in computer labs or other designated areas. The program provides
testing for athletes in: alpine skiing; baseball; cheerleading; field hockey; football; gymnastics; softball; wrestling; men’s and women’s basketball, diving, hockey, lacrosse, pole vault/high jump, soccer and volleyball.
Educational seminars: NYSIR-sponsored seminars in controlling athletic risk management exposures and managing and preventing head injuries are delivered regionally and are available in NYSIR’s Online University (NYOU).
Head injury identification: This education program focuses on concussion awareness, recognition, and response.
Controlling athletic risk exposures: This education program focuses on broader athletic topics and means to control these exposures.
Returning to learn and play: This three-part education program focuses on factors to consider as student athletes recover post-concussion for success in the classroom and returning to practice and play. It is now available in NYOU.
USA Football “Head’s Up” Coaches Training: In partnership with the New York State Public High School Athletic Association Inc. (NYSPHSAA), NYSIR sponsors this training for football coaches to become certified in this training initiative.
Contact Todd Nelson at NYSPHSAA for further details and registration information.
Athletic surfaces: Fifty-six percent of NYSIR member student athletes play on synthetic surfaces while 44 percent play on natural surfaces. The synthetic surfaces these student athletes play on are 4.4 years old and have a GMax Force rating on 126.7 on average.
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