School Safety Plan

Emergencies and violent incidents in school districts are critical issues that must be addressed in an expeditious and effective manner. Districts are required to develop a District-Wide School Safety Plan designed to prevent or minimize the effects of serious violent incidents and emergencies and to facilitate the coordination of the district with local and county resources in the event of such incidents or emergencies. The District-Wide School Safety Plan is responsive to the needs of all schools within the agency and is consistent with the more detailed emergency response plans required at the school building level. School districts and other educational agencies stand at risk from a wide variety of acts of violence, natural, and technological disasters. To address these threats, the State of New York has enacted the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) law. Project SAVE is a comprehensive planning effort that addresses risk reduction/ prevention, response, and recovery with respect to a variety of emergencies in the school district and its schools.

Ulster County BOCES supports the SAVE Legislation and intends to facilitate the planning process. The District Superintendent, who serves as the Chief Emergency Officer, encourages and advocates on-going agency-wide cooperation with and support for Project SAVE. The Chief Emergency Officer is responsible for ensuring this plan is updated annually, that its contents are understood by staff, and coordinates with first responders.