Emergencies and violent incidents in school districts are critical issues that must be addressed in an expeditious and effective manner. Districts are required to develop a District Wide School Safety Plan designed to prevent or minimize the effects of serious violent incidents and emergencies and to facilitate the coordination of the district with local and county resources in the event of such incidents or emergencies. The district wide plan is responsive to the needs of the Wainscott Common School District and is consistent with the more detailed Building Emergency Response plan required at the school building level. Districts are at risk of a wide variety of acts of violence, natural, and technological disasters. To address these threats, the State of New York has enacted the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) law. This component of Project SAVE is a comprehensive planning effort that addresses risk reduction/prevention, response, and recovery with respect to a variety of emergencies in the school district.
School safety is the job of the entire school community. This effort requires leadership and coordination by school administration, and involvement and participation from all sectors of the school community. Planning, conducting drills and participating in exercises with law enforcement, fire, emergency officials and other members of the school community ensures a comprehensive, unified approach to the Building Emergency Response Plan. Building relationships and community engagement are vital to building a safer school community.
The Wainscott Common School District supports SAVE Legislation, and has engaged in a planning process. The Superintendent of Schools/Building Principal encourages and advocates for ongoing district wide cooperation and support of Project SAVE.