School Health and Safety

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NYS Center for School Safety (A contracted office of the NYS Education Department)

The New York State Center for School Safety (NYSCFSS) is a statewide technical assistance center providing direct support to schools and districts in creating and maintaining safe and healthy learning environments for all New York State students.

New York State Education Department Resources

New York State Education Department School Safety web pages provide information and resources regarding:

  • Corporal Punishment - Resources for school districts, BOCES, and charter schools to submit forms by 1/15 and 7/15 of each year regarding complaints about the use of corporal punishment received, the results of each investigation, and the action, if any, taken by the school authorities in each case.
  • SAVE - Safe Schools Against Violence in Education-Resources and guidance to school officials about the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act. Includes guidance documents for district and building school safety plans.
  • Quick Guide to Emergency Response Planning Requirements in Education Law §§ 807 and 2801-a, and Commissioner’s Regulation 155.17 Guide to Emergency Response Planning Requirements NYSED, March 2018)  
  • SDFSC - Safe and Drug-Free Schools and Communities-Resources for school districts to implement programs and services to prevent violence in schools and drug and substance abuse.
  • VADIR - Violent and Disruptive Incident Reporting-Resources to submit Violent and Disruptive Incident Reports (VADIR) for each school building on an annual basis. Provides VADIR data reported by the schools, and resource documents to help school staff complete the necessary forms.

BAM Radio School Security Channel

BAM! is an acronym for "body and mind" It was developed by leading experts in early childhood education, physical education/motor development, play research, child development, and the neurosciences and offers assistance tailored to groups impacted by tragedy. It is the largest all-education talk radio network in the world,

Healthy School Environments (US Environmental Protection Agency - EPA)

A Comprehensive resource to establish, maintain or enhance a school environmental health programs including Impact on Performance and Health, School Transportation, Air, and Water Quality, Chemical Use and Management, Building Maintenance and Construction and EPA Guidance and Tools.

Healthy Schools Network

A national voice for children's environmental health at school

NYS Children's Environmental Health Centers

NYS CEHC (or “NYSCHECK”) provides links to environmental Centers and pediatricians that provide information on how families can address common environmental health concerns such as lead, secondhand smoke, mold, and radon. The NYSCEHC consists of a Coordinating Center (New York City) and six other Children’s Environmental Health Centers located in Albany, Buffalo, Syracuse, Rochester, Westchester, and Long Island. They provide clinical consultations, environmental health screening, education and training.

Safe Schools, Safe Youth (CDC)

Provides resources on safe driving, injury and violence prevention, bullying, safe environments, and research.

Safeguarding our Children an Action Guide-U.S. Departments of Education and Justice, and the American Institutes for Research

Reports on strategies and practical steps schools can take to design and implement school safety plans to reduce violence and help children to access the services they need (US Department of Education, 2000).

Safe, Supportive Learning Environments

Provides assistance and support in responding and building resiliency before and after a crisis links to resources for school staff and administrators, families, and children on prevention, recovery, and resiliency.

 Updated 2/11/19