CANASTOTA CENTRAL SCHOOL DISTRICT

DISTRICT-WIDE SAFETY PLAN

TABLE OF CONTENTS

SECTION I: GENERAL CONSIDERATIONS AND PLANNING GUIDELINES

A.  Purpose        1

B.  Identification of School Teams        1

C.  Concept of Operations        2

D.  Plan Review and Public Comment        2

SECTION II: RISK REDUCTION/PREVENTION AND INTERVENTION

A.  Prevention/Intervention Strategies        3

B.  Hazard Identification        4

SECTION III: RESPONSE

A.  Notification and Activation (Internal and External Communications)        5

B.  Situational Responses        6-8

SECTION IV: RECOVERY

A.  District Support for Buildings        7

B.  Disaster Mental Health Services        9

SECTION V:  Appendix…………………………………………………………..……………………………..….10-14 

PROJECT SAVE

(Safe Schools Against Violence in Education)

District-wide

School Safety Plan

Commissioner’s Regulation 155.17

Introduction

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 all schools within the district and is consistent with the more detailed emergency response plans 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 and its schools.

The Canastota Central School District supports the SAVE Legislation, and intends to engage in a planning process.  The Superintendent of Schools encourages and advocates on-going district-wide cooperation and support of Project SAVE.

SECTION I: GENERAL CONSIDERATION AND PLANNING GUIDELINES

A.  Purpose

The Canastota Central School District-wide School Safety Plan was developed pursuant to Commissioner’s Regulation 155.17.  At the direction of the Board of Education, the Superintendent of Schools appointed a District-wide School Safety Team and charged it with the development and maintenance of the District-wide School Safety Plan

  1.  Identification of School Teams

The District has created a District-wide School Safety Team including the following persons:

Position

Board of Education Representative            Deb New

Administration Representative                   Nicholas Panuccio

Teacher Representative                            Erin Tucci, Linda Gleeson

Parent Representative                              Devon King

Student Representative                            Luke Ackerman

Other School Personnel                            Roseann Gardinier R.N.

Others:                                                   Josh Stagnitti,

                                                             Jack Angrisano- Madison-Oneida -BOCES

                                                             Canastota Police - Chief Jim Zophy  

                                                             Sheila Gilroy – Haylor, Freyer & Coon (HF&C)    

  1. Concept of Operations

  1. Plan Review and Public Comment


Section II: Risk Reduction/Prevention and Intervention

  1. Prevention/Intervention Strategies

Program Initiatives

The district may establish the following programs and activities for improving communication among students and between students and staff, and to facilitate the reporting and evaluation of potentially violent incidents, such as:

          - Restorative Circles                                        - Restorative Measures

     - Think First, Stay Safe        

The district will continue to assess its needs and establish programs that will help to create a positive, safe learning environment for students.

Reporting Mechanism

Students will use the building level chain of command to report any incidents. The school nurses, guidance counselors, social worker and psychologists are also available for confidential reporting.

Training, Drills, and Exercises

Date

Description of training, drill or exercise

Annual/Spring

“Early Go Home” drill- Students & Staff

As required by law

8 Fire Drills and 4 Lockdown Drills-Students & Staff

As needed

Table top exercises - Staff

Annually by September 15th

Emergency Preparedness, Violence Prevention and Mental Health;

Annual

Right to Know; Blood Borne Pathogens; First Aid/CPR/ Defibrillator Training-Staff

Annual

Bus Drills – Students and Staff

Implementation of School Security

Security measure

Purpose

Main Office Staff

Single point of entry-sign in of visitors in the buildings-monitor same-Badge required for visitors

Fingerprinting

All new employees after 7/2001

Security Cameras & Recorders

Jr./Sr. High School, RSES complexes and Bus Garage. Also corridor security cameras for Roberts St. complex. PSES has non-recording cameras at main and side entrances.

Card Access System

Limit and monitor access to all instructional buildings including Bus Garage

Anonymous Tip Line

Anonymous reporting of bullying, threats, substance abuse etc.

School Messenger

Email and text message notification/updates to subscribed parents

 

For the safety of students and staff, specifics have not been included.

Security measure

Resolution

Policies and procedures for the dissemination of informative materials

The District recognizes that the most current data caution against profiling students who

have the potential for violence. However, it also acknowledges the need to identify youth

at risk and to provide the necessary support services to all students, beginning at an early

age. The District therefore will maintain resources on the early detection of potentially violent behaviors, maintain a team of qualified staff to evaluate threats and other potentially violent behaviors. Additionally, the District may disseminate violence prevention information to parents and/or students via newsletters, handbooks, letters/handouts or other appropriate means, as necessary. The District is committed to the use of interpersonal violence prevention education for all students, when available. Annual Violence Prevention training is conducted for instructional and support staff.

B.  Hazard Identification

The District has identified the following sites of potential emergency or potential emergency situations:

Site/situation

Comments

Building

Science Labs/Technology Areas, also Staff training required, CPR training completed for most of non-instructional staff

Athletic fields

New fields & facilities constructed to minimize in this area

Buses

Bus Accident policy developed 2005

Roadways

NYS Thruway, Routes 5 & 13 for transportation of hazardous materials

* See also Appendix 1 for Risk Probability Checklist.

Section III: Response

  1. Notification and Activation (Internal and External Communications)

 Maintaining certain information about each educational agency located in the

     school district

The following information concerning educational agencies located within the district is included with the Building-level Safety Plans and is updated by each building:

Peterboro Elementary

260 Students incl. Pre-K

21 staff members

South Side Elementary

206 Students

20 staff members

Roberts St. Elementary

292 Students

26 staff members

Jr./Sr. High School

584 Students

50 staff members

 See appendix 2

The Superintendent or his/her designee will ensure that this information is current and accurate.

B.  Situational Responses

Emergency Response

The District’s emergency response plans are outlined in the Building-level Emergency Response Plans for security reasons. 

They include the following types of emergencies such as:

  • Threats of Violence
  • Intruder
  • Hostage/Kidnapping
  • Explosive/Bomb Threat
  • Natural/Weather Related
  • Hazardous Material
  • Civil Disturbance
  • Biological
  • School Bus Accident
  • Medical incl. Infectious Disease Response
  • Building System Failure
  • Shooting Incident (Crime Scene Mgt.)

Responses to Acts of Violence: Implied or Direct Threats

The District has established the following strategies for responding to implied or direct threats of violence by students, teachers, other school personnel and visitors to the school.  The Building-level plan includes specifics to potential emergency situations which would require these responses.

The District will provide training to assist personnel in de-escalation techniques and/or identification of early warning signs of potentially violent behavior as part of the required staff development program.

Acts of Violence

In the event of an act of violence by students, teachers, other school personnel or visitors to the school, the District will implement the procedures outlined in the Building-level Plans.  The following types of procedure(s) have been considered:

Response Protocols

The District’s responses to emergencies, including protocols for responding to bomb threats, hostage takings, intrusions and kidnappings are included in the Building-level Plans.  The following protocols are provided as examples:

Arrangements for Obtaining Emergency Assistance from Local Government

Procedures for Obtaining Advice and Assistance from Local Government Officials

The District will contact the County Emergency Management Office for advice and assistance for implementation of Article 2-B of the Executive Law.

During emergencies, local government agencies, including emergency services, can be obtained via the local emergency management office or through the local emergency communication center.  The Incident Commander will authorize the procurement of these agencies.  District’s local emergency management office information:

Emergency Management Office - Dan Degear, Wampsville, NY    315-366-2789

District Resources Available for Use in an Emergency

During an emergency, the District has the following resources available:

Equipment

Location

Defibrillator

Instructional buildings and athletics

Generator

High School

Emergency lighting

All buildings

Heavy duty fans

High School

First Aid Supplies

Each building-Nurses Office

Spill Clean up Materials

Each building-Custodial Rooms & Buses

The following persons are available to assist in the event of an emergency:

Title

Role, skill, or assignment

School Nurse

First Aid Supplies

All trained staff

First Responders

Building & Grounds

Head Custodian

Transportation Supervisor

Bus drivers

Guidance Counselors, School Psychologists, Social Worker, Nurses

Crisis Team

Volunteer custodians & staff

Suspicious Object Identification Team

Procedures to coordinate the use of school resources during emergencies

The District uses the Incident Command System model for emergency actions.  For campus emergencies, the Incident Commander will be the District Superintendent of Schools or his/her designee.  In building-level emergencies, the administrator-in-charge or his/her designee will act as the Incident Commander.  The Incident Commander is authorized to activate such resources and personnel as are appropriate to the incident.  The Incident Commander is empowered to render such decisions as may be necessary in keeping with the response actions as identified in the confidential Building Level Emergency Response Plan.  Building-level Incident Command staff is identified in the confidential Building Level Emergency Response Plans. See appendix 4.

  Protective Action Options

The following actions will be considered in the event of an emergency as appropriate:

Section IV: Recovery

A.  Post-Incident Response

B.  Disaster Mental Health Services

APPENDIX 1

RISK PROBABILITY CHECKLIST

YES

NO

DON’T KNOW

  1. Has you region ever been short of water due to drought conditions?  Natural Hazard:  Drought and Extreme Heat

X

  1. Have you ever felt an earthquake tremor while in your community?  Natural Hazard:  Earthquake

X

  1. Do you live in or adjacent to a major forest region?  Natural Hazard:  Forest Fire

X

  1. Have forest fires ever occurred within 25-mile radius of your district?  Natural Hazard:  Forest Fire

X

  1. Do you live in a state having great or moderate risk from landslides occurring?  Natural Hazard:  Landslide

X

  1. Is you district located in a valley downstream from a man-made dam?  Natural Hazard:  Mudflow

X

  1. Has your community ever experienced a winter storm?  Natural Hazard:  Winter Storms and Blizzards

X

  1. Are severe winter storms a frequent occurrence?  Natural Hazard:  Winter Storms and Blizzards.

X

  1. Is your community in an area visited by thirty or more thunderstorms per year?  Natural Hazard:  Severe Thunderstorms

X

  1. Do you live in a state with a coastline on the Atlantic Ocean or Gulf of Mexico?  Natural Hazard:  Hurricane

X

  1. Has your state ever been crossed by the path of a hurricane?  Natural Hazard:  Hurricane

X

  1. Is your district on or near a river or stream floodplain?  Natural Hazard:  Flood and Flash Floods

X

  1. Have floods or flash floods ever affected your home or community?  Natural Hazard:  Floods and Flash Floods

X

  1. Do tornadoes present a major or moderate risk to your region?  Natural Hazard:  Tornado

X

  1. Do you live in a western state that has been or might be affected by ashfall from a volcanic eruption?  Natural Hazard:  Volcanic Hazard

X

  1. Are there any factories, warehouses, or disposal areas near your community which produce or use toxic chemicals or other hazardous materials?  Technological Hazard:  Hazardous Materials

X

  1. Is your district within a few miles of a main highway, waterway or railroad line?  Technological Hazard:  Transportation Accident

X

  1. Have major transportation accidents ever disrupted traffic patterns in your community?  Technological Hazard:  Transportation Accident

X

  1. Is your district within a fifty-mile radius of a nuclear power facility?  Technological Hazard:  Radiological Incident

X

  1. Are there any radioactive waste dump sites in your state?  Technological Hazard:  Radiological Incident

X

  1. Are there any man-made dams built along the river nearest your district?  Technological Hazard:  Dam Disaster

X

APPENDIX 2

Listing of all school buildings covered by the District-wide school safety plan with addresses of buildings, and contact names and telephones numbers of building staff.

Building Name

Address

Contact Name

Telephone Number

Peterboro Street Elementary

220 Peterboro Street Canastota, NY

Jennifer Carnahan

315-697-2027 (Work)

South Side Elementary

200 High Street Canastota, NY

Vanessa McClowry

315-697-6372 (Work)

Roberts Street Elementary

120 Roberts Street Canastota, NY

Michael Faustino

315-697-2029 (Work)

Canastota Junior –Senior High School

101 Roberts Street Canastota, NY

Jay Altobello 

315-697-2003 (Work)

Listing of other educational agencies (day care, parochial school, pre-school, etc.) located within or adjacent to the District:

Educational Agency

Address

Contact Name

Telephone Number

Celebration Children’s Center of Canastota

206 Wilson Ave. Canastota, NY

Jessica Cornue

315-697-8680

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency - Madison County Head Start Program

110 N Main Street Canastota, NY

Valerie Schorer

315-624-9930

           X 2631

In an emergency, the Canastota Central Schools Business Office will notify these agencies as appropriate.

EDUCATIONAL AGENCIES

                                        

        Mr. Scott Budelmann                (BOCES)                        315-361-5510

        Dr. Ravo Root                              (Camden)                        315-245-4075

        Mr. William Dowsland           (Hamilton)                        315-824-6300

        Mr. Jason Mitchell                 (Madison)                        315-893-1878/1879

        Mr. Gregory Molloy                 (Morrisville-Eaton)        315-684-9300

        Ms. Mary-Margaret Zehr        (Oneida)                        315-363-2550

        Mr. Peter Blake                         (Rome)                        315-334-7434

Ms. Cynthia Stocker                 (Stockbridge)                315-495-4400

        Ms. Martha Group                 (VVS)                                315-829-2520

Home telephone numbers are maintained in the district office.


APPENDIX 3

School Transportation Resources

22 – 65 Passenger Bus

3 – 59 Passenger Bus with Wheel Chair

1 – 8 Passenger Extended SUV (DOT Approved)

1 – 7 Passenger Extended SUV (DOT Approved)

3 – 6 Passenger Mini-Van

20 – Drivers (Permanent)

           10 – Substitute Drivers

   8 – Bus Aides (Permanent)

6 – Substitute Bus Aides

Appendix 4

Incident Command

Appendix 5

EMERGENCY TELEPHONE NUMBERS

Agency

Telephone Numbers

New York State Police

             911 or 315-366-6000 (Oneida)

Madison County Sheriff

911 or 315-366-2318

Canastota Police

911 or 315-697-2240

Madison County Emergency Response

Fire and Ambulance Communications

911 or 315-363-2090

Madison County Fire Coordinator

315-366-2789

Madison County Health Dept.-

Public Health Nurse

315-366-2361

Oneida Healthcare Center

315-363-6000

NYS Thruway Authority

1-800-462-2556

Canastota Fire Department

911 or 315-697-3341

St. Elizabeth Medical Center (Utica)

315-801-8100

Red Cross

315-363-2900 (Oneida Chapter)

Poison Control

1-800-222-1222

Verizon Telephone  Company

1-800-837-4966

National Grid

1-800-642-4272

Canastota Dept. of Public Works

315-697-7042

(Cell) 315-575-1826 or

315-575-6142

Madison County Highway Department

315-366-2221

National Weather Service

607-729-1597

F.B.I.

315-732-2157

Madison Co. Mental Health

315-366-2327

Revised: 5/14, 6/15, 5/16, 5/17, 5/18, 5/19, 5/20