Williamsville Central School District

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Non-Instructional Operations

Adoption Date: 7/7/2009
5000 - Non-Instructional/Business Operations

5681 SCHOOL SAFETY PLANS

The District has developed, and will update by July 1st of each succeeding year, a comprehensive District-wide school safety plan and building-level school safety plans, as enumerated in Education Law and Commissioner's Regulations, and in a form as prescribed by the Commissioner of Education, regarding crisis intervention, emergency response and management. These plans will be designed to prevent or minimize the effects of serious violent incidents and emergencies and to facilitate the coordination of schools and the District with local and county resources in the event of such incidents or emergencies.

Each plan shall be reviewed by the appropriate school safety team on at least an annual basis, updated as needed and recommended to the Board of Education for approval. However, District-wide and building-level school safety plans shall be adopted by the School Board only after at least one public hearing that provides for the participation of school personnel, parents, students, and any other interested parties. Further, the Board shall make the District-wide and building-level school safety plans available for public comment at least thirty (30) days prior to their adoption, provided that only a summary of each building-level emergency response plan (i.e., building-level school safety plan) shall be made available for public comment.

District-Wide School Safety Plan

District-wide school safety plan means a comprehensive, multi-hazard school safety plan that covers all school buildings of the District, that addresses prevention and intervention strategies, emergency response and management at the District level and has the contents as prescribed in Education Law and Commissioner's Regulations.

The District-wide school safety plan shall be developed by the District-wide school safety team appointed by the Board of Education. The District-wide team shall include, but not be limited to, the Superintendent or designee(s) representing the School Board, student, teacher, administrator, and parent organizations, school safety personnel and other school personnel.

Building-Level School Safety Plans

Building-level school safety plan means a building-specific school emergency response plan that addresses crisis intervention, emergency response and management at the building level and has the contents as prescribed in Education Law and Commissioner's Regulations. As part of this plan the District will define the chain of command in a manner consistent with the National Incident Management System (NIMS)/Incident Command System (ICS).

The building-level plan shall be developed by the building-level school safety team. The building-level school safety team means a building-specific team appointed by the Building Principal, in accordance with regulations or  guidelines prescribed by the Board of Education. The building-level team shall include, but not be limited to, representatives of teacher, administrator, and parent organizations,  school   safety  personnel,  other   school  personnel,  community  members,   local  law enforcement officials, local ambulance or other emergency response agencies, and any other representatives the School Board deems appropriate.

If the District receives federal preparedness funds, the District requires appropriate personnel to complete the IS-700 NIMS (National Incident Management System) introductory course.

Filing/Disclosure Requirements
The District shall file a copy of its comprehensive District-wide school safety plan and any amendments thereto with the Commissioner of Education no later than thirty (30) days after their adoption. A copy of each building-level school safety plan and any amendments thereto shall be filed with the appropriate local law enforcement agency and with the state police within thirty (30) days of its adoption. Building-level emergency response plans shall be confidential and shall not be subject to disclosure under the Freedom of Information Law or any other provision of law.

Homeland Security Presidential Directives - HSPD-5, HSPD-8
Homeland Security Act of 2002, 6 United States Code (USC) Section 101
Education Law Section 2801-a
Public Officers Law Article 6
8 New York Code of Rules and Regulations (NYCRR) Section 155.17

Policy References:

  • Refer to Policies #5683 -- Fire Drills, Bomb Threats and Bus Emergency Drills
  • #3510 -- Emergency School Closings
Policy Cross References:

  •  » 3510 - EMERGENCY SCHOOL CLOSINGS
  •  » 5683 - FIRE DRILLS, BOMB THREATS AND BUS EMERGENCY DRILLS
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