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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.

Preparing For, Conducting, and Assessing Your Practices

Lockdown Drills 101:

This four-part self-paced training program provides an in-depth look at the practice of lockdown drills and how to ensure they are conducted effectively while using a trauma-informed approach.


Developed and presented by Dr. Jaclyn Schildkraut and Dr. Amanda Nickerson

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Seconds Count video

Project SAVE Law

Project SAVE Law

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.


The “Seconds Count” video was developed by the NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services in partnership with the NYS School Safety Improvement Team to describe school emergency S.H.E.L.L. response procedures.  Note that the video is intended for adults and should not be viewed by students.   

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