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Workers' Compensation

Port Townsend School District is approved as a self-insured employer under the Washington State Workers’ Compensation Law.  Our self-insured program applies to all work-related injuries or illnesses.  The industrial insurance laws of Washington allow employers to insure their workers’ compensation obligations through the State Fund or through self-insurance.  The benefits and rights for injured workers are exactly the same under either system.  By being self-insured, Port Townsend School District assumes the cost of the actual medical charges and compensation expenses and pays from company funds, as well as all benefits prescribed by workers’ compensation law associated with on-the-job injuries or illnesses.  Under our self-insurance program, you do not pay the medical-aid premium; however, the Supplemental Pension and Asbestos premium deduction appear on your payroll check at each pay period.  The deduction amount is determined by the Department of Labor and Industries and is subject to change annually.

If you sustain a work-related injury, the following steps are to be followed:

Report the injury immediately to the Human Resources Office, whether or not medical attention is required.  You will need to fill out the supervisory accident report and will need the “Self-Insured Accident Report” forms if you seek medical treatment.  These forms are available in our office.

The method by which Port Townsend School District determines Time Loss Certification includes, but is not limited to:

            Certificate of Disability

            Medical Reports

            Release for Work Slip

            Medical Progress Report (SIF-2)

            Phone Calls

 This information will be obtained by our Self-Insured Program Administrators-ESD #114, Workers’ Compensation Trust.

If you have questions, please call the Human Resources Office at 360 379-4511.