The mission of the New York State Safe Schools Initiative is to help schools across the state implement effective school safety strategies and plans to enhance emergency preparedness. The state is also committed to assisting schools by educating them on valuable ways to foster good communication between school staff, students and law enforcement agencies. The strategies and plans as well as the cooperative relationships will allow schools to better identify and address the needs and concerns of our school students - creating environments where students can learn, grow and thrive.

The NYS Education Department, in collaboration with the NYS Police, the NYS Dept. of Criminal Justice Services, the NYS Dept. of Homeland Security, and the Governor's Office, have created a website where you will find information specifically tailored to First Responders, Parents, and School Administrators and Staff relating to school safety and climate. To access the website, click this LINK.

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