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Record Number: 2143
Displayed from: Apr 11, 2006 , until: May 01, 2006
For the third year in a row, life guarding staff at Fort Wayne Community Schools' Helen P. Brown Natatorium has been awarded the Platinum National Aquatic Safety Award from Jeff Ellis & Associates, Inc., the international aquatic safety consultant firm's most prestigious award. Only the top seven percent of Ellis clients earned the designation, which honors those staff exceeding the criteria in aquatic safety audits during 2005. This international designation continues to reassure this community that our natatorium staff is providing the highest degree of swimmer protection currently available for the aquatic industry, said Superintendent Dr. Wendy Robinson. Congratulations to Director Liz Caywood and her staff for their hard work and dedication to excellence. In 2001, FWCS chose to join Ellis & Associates because of their proactive, cutting-edge guidelines on aquatic safety. The group, in many instances, sets the standard in the industry. One example is their 10/20 protection rule, which helps determine the number of lifeguards the pool will use. In addition, all lifeguards are trained through the National Pool and Waterpark Lifeguard training program. Lifeguards who successfully pass the class are licensed and must continue to sharpen their skills. Ellis & Associates also conducts unannounced audits of the facility and staff to ensure competence and maintenance of standards. The results of those audits help determine their safety award recipients. The Platinum National Aquatic Safety Award is given to facilities where staff consistently exceeds Ellis & Associates criteria for aquatic safety certification. The firm represents approximately 93 percent of the major water parks in this country, 800 public swimming pools and other high profile aquatic facilities throughout the world. For further information, visit their website at

With nearly 30,000 students, Fort Wayne Community Schools is one of the largest school districts in Indiana. FWCS proudly allows families to choose any of its 50 schools through its successful school-choice program creating diversity in each school, including some with more than 75 languages spoken. FWCS offers seven magnet schools focusing on areas such as science and math, communication, fine arts or Montessori at the elementary and middle school level. In high school, students can choose from the prestigious International Baccalaureate program, Project Lead the Way or New Tech Academy as well as other rigorous academic and specialty training programs.