The New York State Center for School Safety is funded for the primary purpose to help make schools safer through its leadership that is consistent with the intent of the SAVE legislation. This includes the following:
- Review updated school safety plans and provides technical assistance and staff development to schools in helping them complete safety plans.
- Review updated school codes of conduct and provides technical assistance and staff development to schools in helping them complete the codes.
- Provide safety and crisis management technical assistance to schools upon request of the school and/or the Department.
- Conduct selected site reviews with SED staff for schools and charter schools designated as Persistently Dangerous (PD) as well as those identified for coordinated site visits.
- Provide technical assistance to school districts, including staff development on the reporting procedures for Violent And Disruptive Incident Reporting (VADIR), the Dignity for All legislation, and the use of VADIR and other student conduct data to develop safer learning environments.
- Inform practice through publication of online research briefs that reflect best practices in the field.
- Respond to crisis situations and provide technical assistance to school staff to handle situations relating to school safety.
- Respond to crisis calls from school staff and other providers.
- Maintain regular and consistent communication with the Department regarding school safety issues.
- Provide training and technical assistance to schools, under the direction of the State Education Department, on implementing the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation and the Dignity for All legislation. Work collaboratively and cooperatively with the Student Support Services Regional Centers, the Statewide School Health Services Center and the Statewide Center for Student Support Services to review updated school safety plans and codes of conduct.
- Support corrective action plan development for Schools identified as “Persistently Dangerous.”
State Statute: Safe Schools Against Violence Education Act Chapter 181, Laws of 2000
State Regulation: 8NYCRR 155.17; 100.2(L)(2); 100.2(dd); 100.2(gg)