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Newtown schools' workers comp covered by public entity risk pool

Newtown schools' workers comp covered by public entity risk pool

The school district that suffered the loss of 20 students and six employees in a shooting rampage last week purchases workers compensation insurance from a public entities risk pool, according to the State of Connecticut Workers' Compensation Commission.

The website for the Connecticut Conference of Municipalities, which operates the risk pool, contained a statement Tuesday extending “deepest sympathies and support to the families and staff affected by the tragedy in our member community of Newtown.”

New Haven, Conn.-based CCM established the Connecticut Interlocal Risk Management Agency, which in turn operates two risk pools, including a workers comp program and a liability-auto-property program.

CIRMA's workers compensation program provides coverage for the Newtown Public School District, of which Sandy Hook Elementary School is a part.

A spokesman for CCM could not say on Tuesday what type of benefits the workers comp program may be called on to provide.