BOE Addresses Trumbull School Traffic, Insurance Cover – InsuranceNewsNet

WATERTOWN — Like the Board of Education meeting started on monday october 24superintendent dr. Alison Villanueva looked into the traffic situation in John Trumbull Elementary Schoolthanking the community for working with the school district as new traffic patterns are explored to alleviate increased traffic congestion as students congregate and leave school.

This week, all traffic was directed to the front of the school, avoiding the use of the back door.

Dr Villanueva said: “I still maintain that we need a secondary exit only for the number of vehicles that enter and leave our school building when arriving and departing. But, at the moment, with a little delay here and there, and with police presence, we can enter and leave with a little delay.”

She looks forward to a traffic study that is scheduled and thanks everyone for their patience.

Following his comments, she responded to the council saying that she had no timetable for the start of the traffic study. SLR Boardthe company that will conduct the study, examined the site in person and developed a proposal for the city and the school district.

In other matters, the Superintendent reminded the Board that a large portion of the budget is funded by insurance benefits for the six collective bargaining units, then presented Alexandra Humble from Office of the State ComptrollerHealth policy and benefit services.

Ms Humble describes how the school district could access the Connecticut Partnership Plan, which is a point-of-care health insurance plan administered by Blue Cross anthem/blue shield.

Monthly premiums are based on the aggregate state claims experience of over 250,000 participants.

There is a zero dollar co-payment for visits to providers and service sites on the approved list, which has been checked for quality of care.

For other visits, there is a $15 co-payment.

There is a $250 co-payment for emergency room visits, waived if the need is a real emergency; the high cost is intended to deter use for conditions that would be better served by a visit to a doctor’s office.

Provider of Distinction is a list that offers a cash incentive to patients who visit these providers for procedures such as colonoscopies and there are programs to support those with chronic conditions such as diabetes.

Coverage is 100% after the annual maximum of $2,000 for individuals and $4,000 for families.

The pharmacy is managed by CVS/Caremark with a four-tier payment system for acute and maintenance medications.

Acute medications can be filled at any pharmacy, but maintenance medications must be filled at a participating pharmacy.

There is no deductible for the pharmacy but a maximum amount after which coverage is 100%.

Dental and vision are options offered by Cigna, with the latter focusing on hardware such as eyeglasses, as the medical plan covers one eye exam per year.

The Health Enhancement Program supports wellness, which provides long-term savings and encourages a healthier population by encouraging preventative care such as wellness exams and preventative screenings.

The HEP also has a chronic disease management component that targets diabetes, asthma or COPD, heart disease/heart failure, hyperlipidemia and hypertension.

Applications can be made on the state website and are reviewed either as a Watertown BOE group or as a partial group; the latter would be if some unions elected against the insurance offer.

Ms Humble said the presentation was high level and offered to provide more information if the board wanted to move forward.

There is a three-year commitment that a group must make if they join the plan.

Ms Humble says the plan is attractive because of pooling and benefits. “Our rate increases are much more stable since we have a larger population.”

As the board continued to discuss the idea, they learned that the premiums are listed as what the state would charge Watertown and the group itself would determine the percentages that would dictate what the school district and employees would pay. .

Dr Villanueva announced that the current supplier, Cigna, will share information at the next meeting to ensure that the board is as informed as possible.

During the meeting, council received an overview of the School Diversion Initiative from Jeana Bracey and Rebecca Behanproject coordinators Institute of Child Health and Development.

SBDI is a state-backed initiative focused on how schools view expulsion rates, among other factors.

Dr Villanueva said the school district is experiencing a higher number of expulsions and recommended a review of what could be done to reduce that number and avoid expulsions.

A grant funds this work by CHDI over the next two years.

The presentation noted that the initiative aims to better serve children through the behavioral health system rather than the juvenile justice system, noting that the highest rate of unmet health needs and school risk is among children. young people who are arrested or deported.

SBDI’s goals are to reduce the number of arrests, expulsions, and out-of-school suspensions, to develop the knowledge and skills of teachers and staff, and to connect at-risk youth with schools. and relevant communities. services and supports.

The presentation included a reference to United Way The 2-1-1 Helpline, which provides free and confidential 24/7 access to many services, including mobile crisis response services.

These services bring professional services to where a child is in crisis to assess the situation, offer brief treatment and connect to more care.

The response rate is 45 minutes or less and free for all children from Connecticut; there is no specific definition of a seizure and it can range from acting out or behavior that could indicate the child is considering self-harm or suicide.

While children are held accountable in SBDI, the emphasis is on relationship building rather than punishment.

The board asked how this work is impacted by students who do not have behavioral issues, recognized the importance of helping children build resilience in the face of adversity, and noted the importance of include the family to help the child.

Prior to adjourning the meeting, council accepted a $450 gift of Joshua McGrath to help pay for transportation and school outings for students.

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