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New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE)

The New York State Education Department is committed to promoting safe learning environments where students and teachers work collaboratively in pursuit of academic excellence and social and emotional growth. The information on this page provides safety resources and guidance to school officials about the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act. It also provides a guidance document for the completion of school safety plans. The information is especially useful for school administrators and others concerned about school safety.

News: Information Regarding Recent Statutory and Regulatory Changes Related to School Emergency Response Planning

September is National Preparedness Month!  

  • Visit the New York State's Safe Schools webpage. 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.
  • Visit the US Department of Education's Office of Safe and Healthy Students, (OSHS), Readiness and Emergency Management for Schools Technical Assistance Center (REMS TA Center).
  • The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and The Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) sponsor the Ready Camplaign. Ready is a national public service advertising (PSA) campaign designed to educate and empower Americans to prepare for and respond to emergencies including natural and man-made disasters. The goal of the campaign is to get the public involved and ultimately to increase the level of basic preparedness across the nation. lncludes materials targeted to specific audiences, including schools.

School Safety Plans

Additional School Safety Resources

Codes of Conduct

Child Abuse in an Educational Setting

Fingerprinting Regulations

School Violence Prevention & Intervention (Including training and workshops)

New York State Center for School Safety:

Website: http://www.nyscfss.orgExternal Link
This site has safety resources for schools and communities as well as information about training opportunities.

School Safety Plans

Emergency Response Chart ( pdf 70 KB)

Amendment to Section 155.17 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education Relating to School Safety Plans - Approved by Board of Regents 8/10/2011 (pdf 44.63 KB)

Project SAVE- District Wide School Safety Plan- Technical Assistance Chart

Checklists for Safety Plans:

School Safety Contacts

The Government Accountability Office releases testimony regarding: Emergency management: Status of School Districts' Planning and Preparedness (PDF File 485 KB)

Emergency Response

Additional School Safety Resources:

Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) - The Emergency Management Institute had developed the Introduction to Incident Command Systems (ICS) for SchoolsExternal Link. ICS is a standard, on scene, all-hazard incident management approach and is required by Commissioner's Regulation 155.17.

The following link from the New York State Health Department: link icon provides useful emergency preparedness information and activities for parents and educators.

Practical Information on Crisis Planning: A Guide for Schools and CommunitiesExternal link, U.S. Department of Education, August 2004 - These checklists provide general guidance that can be adapted as appropriate to each district's or school's circumstances. Taking action now can save lives, prevent injury, and minimize property damage in the moments of a crisis. If you do not have a crisis plan in place, it is time to develop one.

Codes of Conduct

Codes of conduct on school property - Education Law – Chapter 16, Title II,  ARTICLE 55,  § 2801

Relevant Regulation - CR 100.2(l)

Child Abuse in an Educational Setting

Article 23-B:

Education Law

Reporting Requirements review

Confidential Report of Allegation of Child Abuse in an Education Setting

Report form - Page 1 Word document (34.5 KB)

Definitions - Page 2

Section 100.2; Subdivision (hh) of Commissioner's Regulation - Reporting Child Abuse in an Educational Setting

Fingerprinting Regulations

Fingerprinting Regulations

Questions and Answers Concerning the Applicability of SAVE and the School Employee Fingerprinting and Child Abuse Reporting Legislation to Charter Schools

School Violence Prevention and Intervention

  • Training Workshops in School Violence Prevention and Intervention

    Approved Providers of Training:

There is no deadline for submission, but applications must be accompanied by supporting materials and a $600 application processing fee. Certification is valid for six years.  Submit completed Applications for Approval, including the fee made payable to the New York State Education Department to:

New York State Education Department
P. O. Box 7346
Albany, NY 12224
Last Updated: September 16, 2016