School Safety in New York

The New York State Education Department is committed to promoting safe learning environments where students and teachers work collaboratively in pursuit of academic excellence and social and emotional growth.

Safety Plans

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.

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Information from NYSED

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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

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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Additional Resources

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Suggested Considerations in Planning Required Emergency Drills for New York State Schools,
September 2020

Amendment to CR 155.17 Relating to District-wide School Safety Plans State Disaster Emerge
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The purpose of a Tabletop Exercise is to provide an opportunity for your team to review and discuss their responses to a simulated incident and to identify the information, actions, and notifications that are needed. Tabletop Exercises can also identify strengths and areas for improvement in your Emergency Response Plans.


Click the button below to take the Emergency Response Training Modules.

Emergency Response Planning for Schools

Conducting Tabletop Exercises