New York

The New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) 

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. The information on this page provides safety resources and guidance to school officials about the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act. It also provides a guidance document for the completion of school safety plans. The information is especially useful for school administrators and others concerned about school safety.

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The NYSAFE Act 

The SAFE Act is designed to keep the public, including our children, safe from gun violence. The law cracks down on possession of a gun on school grounds or a school bus and also supports school districts in implementing effective school safety plans. A few simple provisions will ensure that our schools are safe environments where children can learn, grow, and be protected from violence.

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The New York State Department of Education Student Support Services > School Safety 

The New York State Education Department (NYSED) is committed to promoting safe learning environments where students and teachers work collaboratively in pursuit of academic excellence and social and emotional growth. The Department invites you to visit each of the following four web pages which provides information and resources regarding an aspect of school safety:

School Climate – Information about NYSED’s efforts to build and maintain positive and healthy school climates

Corporal Punishment – Requirements for school districts, BOCES, and charter schools and forms

SAVE – Safe Schools Against Violence in Education

SDFSC – Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities

SSEC – School Safety and Educational Climate (formerly known as VADIR and DASA)

The New York City Department of Education School Safety 

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New York School Safety Legislation 

In 2018, the Police Foundation staff conducted a comprehensive public domain scan of state legislation from all 50 states and the District of Columbia related to the following aspects of school safety and security:

  • facility security and assessment requirements;
  • creation, and identification of roles and responsibilities for state school safety centers and school safety teams/committees;
  • requirements for school administrators and faculty;
  • allocation of funds for improving school safety and security; and
  • all-hazards emergency planning and preparedness.

The Police Foundation also reviewed legislation and amendments passed by state legislatures and signed into law following the mass violence attacks at schools in Parkland, Florida, and Santa Fe, Texas. Seven states—Colorado, Delaware, Florida, Indiana, Iowa, Pennsylvania, and Rhode Island—officially codified new significant school safety and security laws that address at least one of the aspects mentioned above. The legislative review utilized open source research, and encompasses all legislation that was officially codified by September 11, 2018.

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