Congratulations to Kila Elementary for receiving the MSGIA FY22 - Gary Griffith Excellence in Workplace Safety Award
There is a phrase in the world of workers’ compensation that “Workplace safety can be like a puzzle”. Just off Highway 2, nestled in the foothills of Northwest Montana is Kila Elementary school and they know how to put together this puzzle. This elementary school is well known for its quality education as well as for being a safe and great place to work. What sets this school apart from the rest is its safety record. The staff, students, and parents work collaboratively to make Kila a safe place and welcoming environment.
Using all the pieces of the “safety puzzle,” Kila School Community knows what it takes to work safely. They do so by embracing many of the safety strategies that MSGIA preaches. There is an active safety committee and staff receives regular safety training. With a robust winter safety plan in place, the district is ready for that first snowfall.
Safety measures are practiced in/outside. Staff utilizes MSGIA step ladders when working above the floor. Walk-off mats are in each entry. MSGIA and the District provide ice trekkers for staff monitoring playground duty as well as the student drop-off zones. Parents are invested and will communicate to the school district any safety issues that may arise with school/property/community.
The Kila Elementary mindset is “never give safety a day off” and they often say “if you don’t think it is safe, it probably isn’t. So don’t do it.”. Please join me in congratulating the FY22 Gary Griffith Excellence in Workplace Safety Winner, Kila Elementary Schools.