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.
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.
Annexes: Included in Building Level Emergency Response Plan
Safety Plan Development Resources
District Wide School Safety Plan
Building Level Emergency Response Plan
Conducting Tabletop Exercises
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.
Communicating with Families
Download the School Emergency Information Guide for Parents and Guardians for your school. Enter your school information on the template and then save it as a Word document under a new name or all changes will be lost.
District Wide School Safety Plan Self-Assessment
May be used to review District-Wide Safety Plans for compliance
Building Level Emergency Response Plan Self-Assessment
May be used to review Building-Level Emergency Response Plans for compliance
Click the button below to take the Emergency Response Training Modules.
Emergency Response Planning for Schools
This Initial Annual Safety Plan Training is a recorded slide presentation designed to provide an overview of student mental health, violence prevention, and includes prompts to guide your school or district through an overview of your District-Wide School Safety Plan and Building-Level Emergency Response Plan.
Note: The training is designed as a group training session.
Initial Annual Safety Plan Training: required by Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act
Training Module 1:
Developing and Enhancing Memoranda of Understanding (MOUs) with your Community Partners
Training Module 2:
The Incident Command System (ICS) for Schools
Training Module 3:
Integrating the Needs of Students and Staff with Disabilities and Other Access and Functional Needs
The New York State Education Department has created a series of 13 short video modules designed to support districts and schools in developing their District-Wide School Safety Plan and their Building-Level Emergency Response Plan. The videos provide a process for reviewing and revising your plans, information on the required content for the plans, and tips for submitting the plans.
Emergency Response Planning Video Series
This four-part self-paced training program provides an in-depth look at the practice of lockdown drills and to how to ensure they are conducted effectively while using a trauma-informed approach.
Developed and presented by Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut and Dr. Amanda Nickerson
Lockdown Drills 101: Preparing For, Conducting, and Assessing Your Practices
Information from NYSED
Q&A Regarding Statutory and Regulatory Changes Related to Emergency Response Planning
August 29, 2016
Additional Guidance on Legislative Changes Related to School Emergency Response Planning
August 12, 2016
Updating and Submitting School Building-Level Emergency Response Plans and Information Related to District-Wide Safety Plans for the 2020-21 School Year, August 2020
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
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)
Suggested Considerations in Planning Required Emergency Drills for New York State Schools,
Memorandum of Understanding: Requiring schools to define the roles and responsibilities of school personnel, security personnel and law enforcement who are deployed in schools
Amendment to CR 155.17 Relating to District-wide School Safety Plans: State Disaster Emergency Involving a Communicable Disease, July 2021
Updating and Submitting 2021-22 School Year Building-Level Emergency Response Plans and Information Related to District-Wide Safety Plans, September 2021
Updating and Submitting 2022-23 School Year Building-Level Emergency Response Plans and Information Related to District-Wide School Safety Plan, July 2022
For Charter Schools: Updating and Submitting 2022-23 School Year Building-Level Emergency Response Plans and Information Related to District-Wide School Safety Plans, July 2022
Legislative and Regulatory Change, September 2019
Recent Legislative and Regulatory Changes to Education Law §2801-a and Commissioner’s Regulation §155.17
Proposed Amendment to §155.17 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to School Safety Plans
Online courses from the REMS-TA Center
Course modules on federally recommended information and processes for high-quality emergency operations plan development and related topics in comprehensive emergency management.
Start assessing the safety, security, accessibility, and emergency preparedness of your education agency’s buildings and grounds.