Thomas Ristoff
Physical Address
201 Central Office 725 Harrison Street
Syracuse, NY 13210
Mailing Address
 School Security Department 1025 Erie Blvd. West, Syracuse, NY 13204
Contact info:
(315) 435-4527

Public Safety Welcome Letter

Dear District Community Members,                                                                                        August 1, 2019
As we approach the start of a new academic year, I am aware that there is a constant thought of school safety within the minds of all students, those in a parental role and staff members.

Our safety objectives include the review of our existing practices, plans, and systems with a focus on areas in need of improvement. These objectives include providing a safe and supporting environment for our students to achieve their greatest academic potential, while enjoying their personal school experiences.

As we are well aware of the many potential dangers, which are present in everyday life within an urban setting, we seek innovative and efficient leading practices within the realm of public safety to mitigate those dangers.

As a department of public safety, we work closely with all local law enforcement and public safety agencies to solicit and review leading practices in the realm of school safety, and to implement those leading practices within our District, to improve our school and community safety climate.

As you are aware, the District Safety Plan consists of three active components, which receive annual updates:

The District Code of Conduct, Character and Support; District Emergency Response Plan; District Safety Action Plan.

I invite you to review each of these components of the District Safety Plan and provide us with any comment, which you feel would be meaningful in relationship to the safety climate within our schools.

Thank you in advance, for your continuing contribution to school safety.

Tom Ristoff

Sex Offender Registry Information

In accordance with the Sex Offender Registration Act (Megan’s Law), the Syracuse City School District and the Board of Education support the NYS Division of Criminal Justice Services and the Syracuse Police Department in their efforts to inform the community of the presence of individuals with a history of sex offenses, particularly against children. The Board of Education enacted its policy in order to minimize the possibility that the sex offender will come into contact with school-aged children and to assist law enforcement agencies in preventing criminal activity.

The District in cooperation with the Police Department and the local community are working together to promote and protect the well-being and safety of our students. Parents, students and community members can now access two websites which will provide detailed information about the location of sex offenders in relation to their home or school.

If you would like further information please contact either the Syracuse City School District at 435-4499 or the Syracuse Police Department at 435-3020. Thank you for all you do to ensure the safety of our school aged children.

Security Procedure FAQs

Q: Will my cell phone set off the walk-through metal detector?

A: Yes, that is why you will be asked to remove it from your person, prior to scan.

Q: Can I bring my laptop through with me?

A: No, it will activate the detector.

Q: Will the metal buttons/zippers on my clothing activate the metal detector?

A: No, as the equipment operates on an Airport mode to discern metal objects.

Q: What happens if I activate the metal detector as I pass through it?

A: You will be moved aside and a staff member will use a hand held metal detector wand to re-scan only the area which triggered the detector activation.

Q: Will visitors to schools complete metal detection?

A: Yes, they will be screened.

Q: What other common items will activate the metal detector as I walk through?

A: Keys, food items wrapped in aluminum foil such as Pop Tarts, metallic pens.

Security Forms and Resources


District Safety Plan Available for Public Comment
The proposed 2019-20 SCSD District Safety Plan is now available for public comment. Please click here to view the proposed plan in its entirety. 

To submit questions or comments, please visit Let's Talk.


2018-19 Emergency Response Plan

Helpful Links and Files

District Safety Action Plan Committee Meeting Presentation 2019-20
Police MOU 2018-2021
Standard Response Protocol Poster
Security Procedures Brochure
City Dog Control
Employee Injury Report 2013