5450 - Student Safety



Adoption Date: 6/13/2013
5000 - Students

5450 Student Safety

The Board of Education recognizes the District’s responsibility for ensuring the safety of all students in school buildings or on school grounds, and/or participating in school activities.

The safety of all students shall be the responsibility of all staff members. In case of accident or injury, students shall receive first aid from the nurse, teacher, or other trained employee nearest the scene. The nurse or teacher shall notify the parent(s)/guardian(s) as soon as possible or, if neither parent(s) nor guardian(s) is available, the family or school physician shall be notified.

The safety of students will be assured through close supervision of students on school premises and on school buses. Special attention will be given to the following:

1.    maintaining a safe school environment through periodic inspection of the physical condition of all buildings and grounds;

2.    observation of safe practices on the part of school personnel and students, particularly in those areas of instruction or extracurricular activities which offer special hazards. Section 409-a of the Education Law and the relevant sections of the Commissioner’s Regulations regarding the wearing of eye safety devices in shops and laboratories, etc. will be strictly observed;

3.    offering safety education to students, as appropriate, in subjects such as laboratory courses in science, shop courses, and health and physical education; and

4.    notifying the school nurse of all accidents. For every accident, an accident report must be completed and filed. 

In addition, school personnel shall be conscious of suspicious strangers loitering in or near the school. The Superintendent shall notify law enforcement agencies if the circumstances seem to warrant it. Students shall be instructed to notify teachers, their parent(s)/guardian(s), police or school officials of any suspicious strangers. 

The Board recognizes its responsibility to include in the curriculum instruction that deals with student safety and welfare. Such instruction will meet state mandates in the following areas:

1.    fire and arson instruction;

2.    bus emergency drills;

3.    disaster planning and civil preparedness;

4.    substance abuse prevention;

5.    the use of safety devices;

6.    energy conservation; and

7.    environmental conservation.

Safety Measures

1.    Fire drills are to be conducted on a regular basis and at least as often as required by law.

2.    The Superintendent is responsible for a decision to close school or to evacuate the schools in case of emergency.

The safety and welfare of the children is to be the prime consideration in such decisions.

Policy References:
Education Law §§806; 807; 808; 3212-a
8 NYCRR §§107.1; 141.10

Policy Cross References:
 » 5450.1 - Notification of Sex Offenders
 » 8115 - Pesticides and Pest Management
 » 8130 - School Safety Plans and Teams
 » 8132 - Fire Drills
 » 8414 - School Bus Safety