In light of the situation with the social media threat on Wednesday and concerns about safety procedures and precautions at Scotia-Glenville, we wanted to review a few items that have been in place:
- A “buzz in” security system is in place at each school building. Visitors must “buzz into” the school at the main door. Once inside, the visitor must sign in and may be asked to present identification and indicate where they are going. All doors in the buildings are locked during the school day.
- At every building, visitors are required to sign-in and wear name tags throughout the length of their stay.
- All staff members are required to wear an identification badge at all times during the school day.
- All new employees, including teachers, are fingerprinted before they are hired and extensive background checks are done by the New York State Education Department’s Office of School Personnel Review and Accountability (OSPRA).
- Surveillance cameras are used at all buildings.
- Fire and evacuation drills are held regularly for students, faculty and staff. Four lockdown drills and eight evacuation drills (fire drill, relocation drill) must be conducted each school year.
- Emergency Crisis Teams operate in each building and are called into action as warranted.
- There are district-wide and school-specific School Safety Plans that dictate how an emergency will be handled in the schools.
- Each building has social workers, counselors and psychologists who work with students experiencing stress in their lives.
- The administration works very closely with Glenville and Scotia law enforcement to analyze potential student issues and deal with them before they become threats.
School safety is a community responsibility. We ask our families help in this regard. With the speed of social media, information and rumors spread very quickly between students and often get distorted as it is shared. Please calm fears when necessary and encourage thoughtful and deliberate responses to implied or direct threats.
“Hear Something/Say Something” is a great slogan, but saying something via Facebook or twitter is not ideal as it can cause unnecessary panic. The right course of action is to tell parents, administrators, teachers, or law enforcement directly so the validity of threats may be properly determined.
Everybody deals with grief and what they hear in the news differently. Here are some links to review with your children if you see that they are experiencing stress about what they hear or see in the media. Here are some links about related topics:
- Tips for parents and teachers: Talking to children about violence –https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/talking-to-children-about-violence-tips-for-parents-and-teachers
- Talking with kids about violence – http://www.pbs.org/parents/talkingwithkids/news/talking.html?utm_source=Twitter&utm_medium=channel&utm_campaign=PBS#.UMt024mgE6U.twitter
- Tips for Talking With and Helping Children and Youth Cope After a Disaster or Traumatic Event – https://rems.ed.gov/docs/samhsa_tipstalkingchildrenyouthtraumaticevents.pdf
- Parent Today: When the News Gets Scary – http://www.parenttoday.org/when-the-news-gets-scary/
- Parent Today: Helping children weather the storm from the news cloud – http://www.parenttoday.org/helping-children-weather-the-storm-from-the-news-cloud