Section I. Introduction: 5
1.1 Purpose. 5
1.2 Objectives. 6
1.3 Scope. 6
1.4 Authority. 6
1.5 District Emergency Operations Protocols. 7
1.6 Legal Authority. 9
2. School Safety Program... 11
2.1 Chief Emergency Officer 11
2.2 Security Surveillance Camera Systems Network. 11
2.3 District Emergency Response Team... 12
2.4 School Safety Team... 12
2.5 Program Coordination. 12
3.0 Mission Areas. 13
3.1 Prevention. 13
3.11 Safety Staffing and Training. 13
3.12 Staff Identification. 13
3.13 Access Control 14
3.14 Security Camera Network. 14
3.15 Security Mobile Patrols. 14
3.16 Weapons Detection. 14
3.17 Student Identification. 15
3.2 Protection. 15
3.21 Single Point of Entry. 15
3.22 Anonymous Tips Reporting. 15
3.23 Background Checks. 15
3.24 Fire/Sheltering In Place Drills. 16
3.25 No Weapons/No Trespassing Signage. 16
3.26 Visitor Registration. 16
3.27 Inclement Weather Delay and/or School Closing. 16
3.3 Mitigation: Standard Response Protocol 17
3.31 Emergency Radio Communications. 17
3.32 District Wide/Community Communications. 17
3.33 Facilities Safety Inspections. 17
3.34 Schools Fire Safety Inspections. 17
3.4 Response. 18
3.41 Emergency Management 18
3.42 Incident Command. 18
3.43 School Safety Team... 18
3.44 School Information Resource Program (SIRP) Officers. 18
3.45 School Nurse Program... 19
3.46 Mutual Aid. 19
3.5 Recovery. 19
3.51 Recovery Mutual Aid. 19
3.52 Memorandum of Understanding. 19
3.53 Critical Incident Debriefing. 19
Lock Down. 22
Annex B. 24
Lock Out. 24
Annex C. 26
Shelter in Place. 26
Hold in Place.......................................................................................................................................28
Annex D.. 30
Evacuation of a Building. 30
Annex E. 32
Evacuation of Disabled Persons. 32
Annex F. 34
ABDUCTION: Lost/Missing/Abducted Child and/or Adult. 34
Annex G.. 36
AGITATED INDIVIDUAL(S): Agitated Student, Person(s) on Campus. 36
Annex H.. 38
ARMED SUSPECT: Armed Subject and/or Hostage Situation. 38
Annex I. 40
Weapon in the building: 40
Annex J. 42
Weather Related Emergency: Tornado, Electrical Storm, Ice/Snow.. 42
Annex K. 44
Drive-by Shots Fired On Campus Site. 44
Annex L. 46
ACCIDENTS/MEDICAL EMERGENCIES. 46
Annex M... 48
Bomb Threat. 48
Annex N.. 50
Hazardous Materials Spills. 50
Carbon Monoxide Alarm.....................................................................................................................53
Emergency Response Plan Data Sheets............................................................................................57
Annex R. 61
Contact Information: 61
Annex S. 62
Command Post. 64
Annex U.. 65
STATEMENT OF AGREEMENT. 65
The purpose of the Emergency Response Plan, hereinafter referred to as the ERP is to provide all stakeholders with safety planning, emergency preparedness and response guidelines, vital information, communication procedures, and standardized measures to protect all members of the school community, including students, staff and visitors in the event of an emergency. As a standard operating guideline, there is no implied performance guarantee.
The standardized ERP has been prepared for all Syracuse City School District Schools and buildings, (hereinafter referred to as “District”) facilities to provide the framework for a coordinated approach to preparedness, response, and recovery procedures. The ERP also serves as a model for all District schools by providing the guidelines to be modified to the specific needs and resources unique to each building.
The ERP has been developed in coordination with local authorities and emergency responders, providing a common platform, which will be referenced in a collaborative response in the event of an emergency. The development of the ERP included a systematic investigation and analysis of potential hazards which could affect schools throughout the District, an assessment of the capabilities in the District, City of Syracuse and County of Onondaga to deal with potential problems resulting from an Emergency or Disaster.
The ERP describes in detail the centralized direction of requests for assistance and the understanding that the governmental jurisdiction most affected by an Emergency is required to involve itself prior to requesting assistance. Accordingly, each school (public and private) in the District will prepare separate plans and operating procedures, which form part of the overall Syracuse City School District ERP.
- Protect the safety and wellbeing of all community members, students, staff and visitors
- Provide for a safe and coordinated response in an emergency situation
- Protect the District’s schools, facilities and assets
- Allow the District to mitigate any disruption to the educational process in a timely manner
- Provide for interoperability within the District Incident Command Center and schools
- Provide for timely communication between the District and all stakeholders, including local authorities and all media outlets
- Provide for compliance with the National Incident Management System (NIMS)
The emergency response plan encompasses all District schools, buildings and programs within the City of Syracuse, and any other leased property in the event of any situation which could be identified as an emergency, and/or which presents any potential imminent danger to persons upon the property.
The District emergency response plan is activated by the Chief Emergency Officer (Superintendent and/or their designee) and is implemented at the time of an emergency situation.
School building level incident commanders (Principal and/or their designee) may activate specific building emergency response plans in the event of an emergency.
Building level incident commanders (Principal and/or their designee) are authorized to activate this plan and/or their building specific plan in the event of an emergency, and/or to protect the safety of any persons upon District properties.
New York State Commissioner of Education Regulations (155.13) requires each school district to maintain a written District Emergency Management Plan and Building Level Emergency Response Plans, and that those plans are reviewed and updated annually.
The District has developed specific procedures encompassing emergency preparedness and response that are linked to the ERP. To include, but not limited to:
- Safety of all persons is of the utmost importance and will be given priority consideration in all aspects of emergency operations and will include compliance with the Americans with Disabilities Act.
- The Superintendent of Schools and/or his/her designee is the Incident Commander. In the event of an emergency during school hours students and staff will not be dismissed without the direction and approval of the Superintendent, his/her designee and/or Incident Commander. Students may be released to parents/guardians who respond to the building, or a designated secondary location under the direction of the Incident Commander and within established procedures to include verifying the identity of the parent/guardian through a valid form of photographic identification issued by a government agency, or another acceptable form of photo identification/personal recognition.
- The National Incident Management System, hereinafter referred to as (NIMS) shall be the designated response platform utilized by the District, in compliance with recommendations of the Department of Homeland Security and the United States Department of Education.
- The District Department of Public Safety shall maintain the responsibility to be the lead department in an annual collaborative review and update of the District ERP, to include City of Syracuse and Onondaga County Emergency Management Officials, local and state authorities and essential District support departments.
- Each School and building will maintain a designated Incident Commander, (Principal and/or designee) who will direct the implementation and review of the individual building emergency response plan.
- Each school building will maintain a building level safety team, which will review the building level plan on an annual basis and submit updates to the plan as necessary, encompassing assignments to emergency response roles for select staff members.
- At the opening of school for the year, the building level incident commander will review the school building emergency response plan and procedures with all staff, and may request volunteers who may possess specialized training to join the building safety team. Each District staff member shall be provided with training relative to the ERP by September 15th of each school year.
- The building level plan data sheets, specifying individual roles and contact information shall be regularly updated and copies of the updates shall be provided to the Department of Public Safety in a timely manner.
- The Department of Public Safety will function in a support role for the building level emergency response plans.
Section 155.13 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education became effective on April 7, 1989. This regulation requires each public school district and BOCES to develop a plan for prevention and reacting to an Emergency or Disaster. The Commissioner's Regulation further requires School Districts to coordinate their plans with the Local Emergency Agencies.
This regulation will promote development of consistent responses to Emergencies experienced by School Districts and will more fully integrate School Districts' Emergency Response with other Emergency Responses. These actions will contribute to the health, safety and wellbeing of students and school employees and help to preserve School District resources and property.
Among the requirements of the regulation are the following:
Each District, other than a School District, in a city having a population of more than one million inhabitants, and each Board of Cooperative-Educational Services shall prepare, by October 1, 1990, a School Emergency Response Plan as prescribed in this section to insure the safety, health of children and staff and to insure integration and coordination with similar Emergency Planning at the municipal county and state levels. Plans shall be updated by October 15, of each succeeding school year.
of sites of potential Emergency, appropriate responses to Emergencies, and District resources which may be available for use during Emergencies.
of the arrangements for obtaining assistance from Emergency Service Organizations and Local Government Agencies, procedures to coordinate the use of School District resources and manpower, and plans for taking action in response to any Emergency.
Written Instructions to Students and Staff:
The Board of Education shall take action to provide written information, by October 1 of each school year, to all students and staff about Emergency Procedures in compliance with 155.13 (f). Sections 207, 215, 305 and 4403 of the Education Law and Article 2B of the Executive Law.
Each School District and BOCES shall, every school year, and where possible in cooperation with Local City and County Officials, conduct a test of its Emergency Plan for sheltering, Lock Downs and early dismissal.
Commissioners of Education:
The President of the Board of Education may order Emergency Response Actions in the event that the Local Education Agency Officials are unable or unwilling to take action deemed appropriate by State and/or County Emergency Personnel.
The District maintains an inclusive school safety program which is comprised of five major components consisting of: prevention, protection, mitigation, emergency response and recovery.
Each of these components should be adequately addressed within the District ERP and the building level ERP.
The District Director of Public Safety is the designated individual to govern the District wide safety program and to assist building level safety teams with the development, implementation and training requirements associated with the building level ERP. Each school safety team provides the coordination, review and update of the ERP within their respective building.
The District Chief Emergency Officer shall be the District Director of Public Safety, and/or his designee. The District Chief Emergency Officer shall be responsible for the coordination, support and implementation of the District ERP. The District Chief Emergency Officer shall also provide support to the building level administration in all aspects of safety issues and emergency management; additionally ensure that staff and students receive annual training.
The District utilizes a networked security surveillance camera system, allowing for the observation of District facilities for the protection of students, staff, visitors and District assets. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the direction of the security surveillance camera network, its maintenance and recordings. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for the primary monitoring of the security cameras and will in the event of an emergency collaborate with the Syracuse Police Department to direct the operation of cameras to protect the safety and security of all persons.
The Superintendent of Schools will designate a District Emergency Response Team, which will be available to respond within the District to provide support to any District site in the event of an emergency.
The building level school safety team shall be maintained to advise the building principal on all aspects of safety planning to include: prevention, protection, mitigation, response and recovery,
specific to the respective school building. The team is responsible for making recommendations addressing any issue which may pose a potential hazard to the daily operation of the school. Additionally will update the building plan accordingly to share with all staff prior to September 15th
of each school year. The team shall also be responsible to meet regularly to review and update the building level ERP, and provide any updates to the District Department of Public Safety.
The District Director of Public Safety and/or his designee are responsible for establishing general emergency response operations guidelines for all District schools and facilities to insure safety.
Respective building administrators are responsible for submitting updated building level emergency management plans and updated ERP Data sheets to the Department of Public Safety no later than September 1, of each school year. The Department of Public Safety is responsible for sharing that information with the Syracuse Police and Fire Departments, the New York State Police, and the New York State Education Department on an annual basis, in compliance with existing regulations.
The District safety program is comprised of five mission areas: Prevention, Protection, Mitigation, Response and Recovery
, to provide a safe and secure learning environment.
The District has established precautionary measures in place to prevent a threatened or actual incident from occurrence.
The District Department of Public Safety Employs New York State Certified uniformed security guards, referred to as Sentries within District schools to provide a visible deterrent to any potential threat and/or crime. The Sentries are subject to clearance of both New York State Education Department and New York State Department of State fingerprint background check requirements prior to being employed by the District, The Sentries are also specially trained to respond to physical altercations utilizing approved de-escalation and physical restraint tactics, on an annual basis. Additionally, Sentries are trained and certified in Cardio Pulmonary Resuscitation (CPR) and the use of Automated External Defibrillators (AEDS), which are available in each school building. All Sentries have also completed the recommended FEMA, Emergency Management Institute training for schools. The Sentries are responsible for all facets of safety and security at the school building level, including emergency response.
The Department of Public Safety also employs School Monitors, whose responsibilities include student safety and supervising student behavior and movement within common areas of the school buildings, along with monitoring Single Points of Entry (SPOE) and registering visitors. The School Monitors perform their duties while displaying a District uniform apparel shirt, to provide an easily identifiable staff member for students, staff and visitors in the event of the need for assistance.
The District Department of Public Safety provides each District Staff member with a District Identification Card, with a photo of the employee visible on the card. Board of Education Policy # 4300 mandates that all District employees visibly display their District issued photo identification card, during their hours of employment and while upon any District site to identify District staff from any unauthorized persons.
The District maintains a networked electronic access control system, to regulate access to District school buildings and facilities. The system allows all authorized District employees to access secured schools at any time during their respective duty hours allowing doors to remain locked.
The District utilizes a networked security surveillance camera system, allowing for the observation of District facilities for the protection of students, staff, visitors and District assets. The District cameras may be monitored at any time allowing for the potential detection of any unauthorized persons upon District properties.
The District Department of Public Safety maintains mobile security patrols, consisting of uniformed New York State Certified Security Guards patrolling within each respective quadrant of the District in highly visible marked District vehicles. These mobile patrols serve as a visible deterrent to crime and enhance student safety as they are also equipped with two way radios allowing them to communicate with the Department of Public Safety, school administrators and other sentries within the schools.
The Department of Public Safety conducts daily administrative entry searches at the District High Schools and random administrative entry searches within District schools as needed to prevent weapons from entering District schools. The Department of Public Safety deploys electronic metal detection devices, consisting of walk through metal detectors, electronic baggage screeners and hand held metal detection devices as needed upon a random basis within District high schools and middle schools, to insure student safety. Specially trained school Sentries complete metal detection screening of students and their backpacks/bags in the least intrusive method possible, to deter any weapons from entering District schools.
Each respective District high school student is issued a District photographic identification card, through the respective schools main office. The students are required to display the photo identification card upon the request of school staff, to discourage any unauthorized persons from entering and/or remaining upon school property.
The District is committed to employing measures to protect students, staff, visitors, community members and District property and assets from any threat and/or hazard internal or external.
Each District school building operates under a uniform Single Point of Entry (SPOE) procedure to enhance school safety. All students enter from designated entrances that are actively supervised by school staff. Once the students have started the academic school day, the SPOE is locked, along with all other entrances and electronic access control is utilized to allow District staff members to enter the otherwise secured building.
3.22 Anonymous Tips
The District provides for an electronic platform application, commonly referred to as an “anonymous tips app” to be in place within the District to provide any student, staff member, any person in a parental role, or any community stakeholder, to anonymously report any threat, safety or security concern directly to District officials for investigation and potential mitigation.
All newly hired District staff members must submit to a fingerprint background check, prior to their placement within a school building, facilitated through the District’s Department of Public Safety, and required by the New York State Education Department. The background clearance also provides a reporting conduit which provides a notification to the District if an employee’s clearance status changes.
Additionally, all volunteers within the District complete an application process and local background check facilitated by the District Department of Public Safety.
All Schools within the District conduct a proscribed number of Fire Drills and the required Lock Down Drills on an annual basis, as required by New York State Education regulations, allowing students and staff to practice the emergency procedures of the school building. All drills must be accurately documented, and will be documented by the Department of Public Safety for reporting.
All District school buildings and facilities maintain clearly visible signage on the exterior of the physical building perimeter advising all persons that illegal weapons and/or substances are prohibited upon school grounds, and that persons entering school grounds may be subject to a search to prevent weapons from entering schools and grounds.
Additionally all District school buildings and facilities maintain clearly visible “No Trespassing” signage upon the exterior of the buildings and adjacent to entrances, to prevent unauthorized persons from entering and/or remaining upon a school campus, as defined under Section 140.10 of the New York State Penal Law.
All visitors to any District school must show a valid form of photographic identification during regular school hours and register with District personnel upon entering a school building. Further the visitor will be issued a temporary visitor pass, which they must visibly display while upon the school campus, to prevent any unauthorized persons from entering a school building. Additionally, all visitors will be electronically screened via an electronic means against a national sex offender database.
To protect the physical wellbeing of students of the District, the Superintendent of Schools may delay the opening of schools and or close schools for the instructional day based upon current and/or impending inclement weather conditions. The delay and/or closure will be communicated as early as possible, based upon circumstances, and available via all current media outlets, as well as the District website and any other means of mass communications technology in use by the District.
3.3 Mitigation: Standardized Emergency Response Training
The District has designated the Standard Response Protocol, referred to as SRP, as the official emergency response and training platform for all District schools and support facilities, to effectively deploy the means necessary to reduce the potential for loss of life and property damage by providing standardized training for all.
The District Department of Public Safety maintains digital radio contact between the Onondaga County Emergency Communications Center (911 Center) and the District uniformed safety staff, to promote active communications of any real and/or perceived threat or hazard, which may potentially impact school and personal safety. The District also maintains a paging system for mass notification throughout the District.
The District utilizes all available means of electronic communications technology to include but not limited to: The District website, directed reverse telephone contact capability automatic calls, directed text and e-mail messaging, posting on social media sites, along with other emergent technologies in order to keep all stakeholders and community members informed of events which may impact student and/or community safety.
The District Facilities Department conducts an annual visual inspection of the physical condition and infrastructure of all school buildings, noting the condition of the facility and reporting the same to the District Board of Education and the New York State Department of Education.
Members of the Syracuse Fire Department conduct random, monthly fire safety inspections of all of the District school buildings to identify and mitigate any potential fire hazards. Additionally, the Syracuse Fire Department, Fire Marshall, conducts a comprehensive fire safety inspection of all of the District schools and buildings in conjunction with the District Facilities Department to identify and mitigate any potential fire hazards, enhancing personal safety for students and staff.
The District is committed to the utilization of all of the personnel and physical resources which it maintains to respond to any emergency to stabilize the situation and establish a safe and secure environment for all persons.
Each District school building maintains an emergency response plan which is reviewed and updated on an annual basis. The District also maintains a District emergency response plan, which is reviewed and updated on an annual basis.
The District has initiated an Incident Command Course for Schools training, through the Department of Homeland Security and Federal Emergency Management Agency, to be available for completion by all members of each school building administrative team. Additional,
Each District school maintains a School Safety Team, comprised of staff members who may possess specialized training and/or skills, which meet regularly to discuss pertinent safety issues, potential hazards and are assigned to respond within a specific role in the event of an emergency.
Through a contractual agreement with the City of Syracuse, each District high school and quadrant is staffed with members of the Syracuse Police Department, both stationery and mobile, who possess specialized training to respond in the event of an emergency to address any potential threat, in order to save lives and property.
Each District school is staffed by a certified New York State School Nurse who is trained to provide medical attention in the event of an emergency, and provide first responder treatment in order to stabilize any sustained injuries.
The District Department of Public Safety maintains a line of communication with the Onondaga County Department of Emergency Management, the Syracuse Police and Fire Departments, the Onondaga County Sheriff’s Office and with the New York State Police, in order to provide additional resources in the event of an emergency, to save lives and property.
The District will utilize all available capabilities to assist any District building which has been affected by an emergency, to restore a safe learning environment.
3.51 Recovery Mutual Aid
The District may request the assistance of city, county, state and federal government resources to assist in the security and the recovery of the District operations in the event of an emergency which exceeds the Districts available resources and capabilities.
The District shall secure a memorandum of understanding with any agency in relation to the use of District facilities in the event of a community emergency.
The District shall complete a critical incident debriefing with all staff and responders involved upon the completion of the incident and response. A standardized record will be completed and forwarded to the Department of Public Safety for review.
The District shall plan for re-unification of students which may potentially be evacuated from within their respective school setting in the event of an actual and/or perceived threat or emergency. The District shall provide parents/guardians with information relative to the designated site to which they must respond to be re-united with their student(s), via the approved District Office of Communications and utilizing all means of mass communications and media outlets. Parents/guardians will be required to show a valid form of government issued photo identification, prior to the student being released to them.
Confidential restricted to District staff only
- Annex A: Lock down
- Annex B: Lock Out
- Annex C: Shelter In Place
- Annex C-1. Hold in Place
- Annex D: Evacuation of a Building
- Annex E: Evacuation of Disabled Persons
- Annex F: Abduction: Lot/Missing/Abducted child and/or Adult
- Annex G: Agitated Individual(s): Agitated Student, person(s) on Campus
- Annex H: Armed suspect: Armed Subject and/or Hostage Situation
- Annex I: Weapon in the Building
- Annex J: Weather Related Emergency: Tornado, Electrical Storm, Ice/Snow
- Annex K: Drive-by Shots Fired on Campus Site
- Annex L: Accidents/Medical Emergencies
- Annex M: Bomb Threat
- Annex N: Hazardous Materials Spills
- Annex O: Carbon Monoxide Alarm Activation
- Annex P: Suspicious Package
- Annex Q: Emergency Medical Procedures/Data Sheets
- Annex R: Contact Information
- Annex S: Re-Unification of Students
- Annex T: Command Post
- Annex U: Red Cross Agreement
*Note: Annexes will be updated to reflect the transition to the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), during the 2018-19 School year, once the training has been provided to all levels, for consistency and to avoid any potential confusion.
Objective Status (Pending Approval)
District Safety Action Plan
|Anonymous TIPS App for students/staff to report safety/crime concerns which is functional with e-mail and messaging
|Tips 411 has been designated as the recommended application via the Onondaga County School Safety Task Force 2018
* Procurement Process in place
|Emergency response training for all staff members, students and stakeholders, with the ability to modify training for all levels of students, with age appropriate instruction
||Standard Response Protocol (SRP) has been designated as the recommended program via the Onondaga County School Safety Task Force 2018
*Proposed collaborative research project and training support with SUNY Oswego College
|Law enforcement personnel assigned to all District middle schools and K-8 Schools
*Properly trained to interact with students and to de-escalate potentially disruptive situations
|This layer of security has been designated as the recommended practice by the Onondaga County School Safety Task Force 2018
*The Department of Public Safety is actively researching options for implementation
|Administrative entry searches at Middle Schools, for weapons/safety on a regular, unannounced schedule
|Department of Public Safety has determined the staffing levels and scheduling necessary to provide the support necessary and are developing a tentative schedule
|Readiness and Emergency Management in Schools (REMS) training for all building level administrators in the National Incident Management System (NIMS) through the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA)
||Department of Public Safety developing link for the District web page to access training and directions for staff to complete
*Completion of the post test will provide certificates of completion for documentation