School District Safety Plan

Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (“Project SAVE”) and Emergency Management Plan 2020-2021

Background

This District-wide safety plan has been developed to comply with the mandates of the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (“Project SAVE”) and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education at 8 NYCRR Section 155.17(c)(1). The Board of Education appointed a District-wide School Safety Team, comprised of representatives of the school board, administrators, faculty, staff, parent organizations, students, school safety personnel and other individuals, to develop the plan. It provides standard procedures to guide staff and students of the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District when responding to an emergency. It also sets forth the required drills to keep staff and students familiar with the standard response procedures. This plan was adopted by the Board of Education on March 9, 2009 and submitted to the State Education Department on March 10, 2009.

Building-level safety plans have also been developed to comply with Project Save to establish specific emergency response plans for each school building. These building safety plans provide detailed response procedures for each school building in the Fayetteville-Manlius School District. Such plans will comply with the requirements of Education Law §2801-a (3) and the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education at 8 NYCRR §155.17(c)(2).

Project SAVE requires that this Plan include policies and procedures on several prescribed topics. In some instances, a general policy on a prescribed topic is set forth in the Fayetteville-Manlius Central School District Safety Plan and the specific procedures to implement such a policy are included in the Building Safety Plans or annexed as an appendix to the Building Safety Plans.

Emergency situations can range from man-made problems such as power outages, fires and bomb threats to natural disasters like blizzards and floods, and may present highly dangerous situations or mere inconveniences. In an emergency situation, the Fayetteville-Manlius School District’s priorities are first the protection of life, then preservation of property, and restoration to normal activities. This Plan and the Building Safety Plans describe procedures for a variety of emergencies. Obviously, no plan can cover all possible emergencies. Therefore, District officials are to use their judgment and discretion in responding to an emergency in a manner consistent with the provisions of this Plan and the applicable school Building Safety Plan in a manner that will minimize loss of life, personal injury and property damage.

Introduction

Providing an orderly plan for dealing with emergencies is an important component of the management of Fayetteville-Manlius Schools. Emergencies range from man-made problems such as fires and bomb threats to nature-made, such as blizzards and floods. Moreover they range from highly dangerous, life threatening situations to those of mere inconvenience. Through careful planning, the disastrous effects of an emergency can be minimized.

The guiding principles for emergency management planning is protection of life first, then preservation of property, including restoration to normal activities. Mandates which influence planning and decision making are included in this plan where appropriate.

This plan shall be accessible in all buildings to the Building Administrator, secretary and alternate persons who could take charge.