In July 2000, the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (Project SAVE) was signed into law to promote a safer and more effective learning environment within New York State schools. SAVE legislation has multiple requirements including district-wide school safety plans, building level emergency response plans, codes of conduct, uniform violent incident reporting, instruction in civility, citizenship and character education, and school violence prevention training.

One of the requirements of Project SAVE is that school districts develop, review and regularly update school safety plans at the district and building level. The districtwide school safety plan and building level emergency response plan are intended to define how each school district and all the buildings in the district will respond to acts of violence and other disasters thorough prevention, intervention, emergency response and management.


Safety plans should be submitted electronically via the New York State Education Department (NYSED) business portal.

Amendment to
Section 155.17
July 11, 2011
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Information from NYSED

Audits Related to School Safety Planning Requirements

Updating and Submitting School Building Level Emergency Response Plans

Related to District Wide Safety Plans for the 2019 – 20 School Year

August 2019

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Legislative and Regulatory Changes

Chapter 138 of the Laws of 2019 regarding firearms on school property

Chapter 19 of the Laws of 2019, otherwise known as the “Red Flag” Law (includes ERPO information)

August 2019

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Legislative and Regulatory Changes to Education Law §2801-a and Commissioner’s Regulation §155.17

Requiring schools to define the roles and responsibilities of school personnel,
security personnel and law enforcement who are deployed in schools

September 2019

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