rate to the NSDA membership. The coverage will be available for coaches and teachers to purchase beginning with the 2017-2018 school year at a low cost of $14. For added convenience, purchase of the insurance can be bundled with membership dues. Working with our partners at Dissinger Reed, the NFHS and the NSDA will provide coverage for the following types of incidents: • Personal and advertising injury • Damage to premises rented to you • Premises medical payments • Sexual abuse and molestation
forward,” explains Steve Schappaugh, who serves as Managing Editor for Rostrum. “Since Rostrum is traditionally geared toward coaches, we wanted an avenue to celebrate our members in a format that everyone—students, parents, administrators—could get behind.” In the fall, quarterly issues of Rostrum will be named by the month in which they are published (September, November, February, and April) instead of by season, which should assist in communicating deadlines to prospective authors and advertisers. “Our editorial team is working hard behind the scenes to develop engaging themes that resonate within the entire speech and debate community,” Steve affirms.
• Participant legal liability • Crisis response • Various accidental medical As James Weaver, Director of Performing Arts and Sports at the NFHS, explains, “There are many reasons to have liability insurance. The insurance covers you basically anytime you are with students outside of your regular teaching duties, when you are traveling with students for a speech, debate, or theatre event, and when you are judging or managing a speech, debate, or theatre event.” He concludes, “Please consider this valuable resource before you need it—because when you need it and don’t have it, that’s when it’s too late!” Watch for more information to be released on our website and in future coach newsletters.
Introducing Nationals Chronicle Arriving in mailboxes this August, the Nationals Chronicle is a bonus commemorative edition of Rostrum magazine that will feature highlights from the Birmingham Nationals. The fifth installment is designed to have fewer pages and will serve as a sleek, color tribute to the hard work of the national champion students, coaches, and volunteer leaders at the summer event. It won’t be a one-time publication, either. “We’re excited to make this an ongoing tradition moving
We’ve settled into our new home in West Des Moines, Iowa. Our business office is now located at:
National Speech & Debate Association 401 Railroad Place West Des Moines, IA 50265-4730 Please use this address for all future correspondence and payments. Be sure to share this with anyone at your school who sends mail to our organization. Thank you!
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