School Safety & Climate

District Safety Plan

Emergencies and violent incidents in school districts are critical issues that must be addressed in an expeditious and effective manner. Districts are required to develop a district-wide school safety plan designed to prevent or minimize the effects of serious violent incidents and emergencies and to facilitate the coordination of the district with local and county resources in the event of such incidents or emergencies. 

Read the district-wide plan here.

School Resource Officer

The School Resource Officer is a police officer with the Rotterdam Police Department and is assigned to work with the school district to promote student safety.

Learn more and view contact information for the district’s SRO.

School Security

  • All school staff wear photo ID badges daily, and under state law, all new staff (even substitutes) are fingerprinted and checked for criminal records, particularly any record of child abuse.
  • During the school day, exterior doors are kept locked from the outside except for the main school entrance.
  • Beginning in the 2012-13 school year, all visitors to the district’s school buildings are being asked to present their driver’s license or non-driver’s identification card upon arrival. The card will be scanned into a computer and compared against the New York State Sex Offender Registry. School staff will enter all relevant information into the computer and print a visitor’s pass. The new check-in procedures should take less than a minute, and an individual’s information will be stored so that they will not be required to have their identification card scanned upon subsequent visits.
  • School entrances have been set up to improve staff members’ view of those entering their building. Some schools have security cameras at their entrance or another specific area.
  • The high school employs several security monitors with law enforcement experience to help supervise entrances, hallways, parking lots, and sporting events.
  • As required by law, school computers use filtering software that protects pupils from inappropriate online material.

Bullying Prevention & the Dignity for All Students Act

DASA establishes a number of standards for schools, when it comes to instruction, certain district policies and procedures and identifying and reporting incidents of bullying, harassment and discrimination in school. 

Learn about the district’s Dignity Act Coordinators and download a form to report bullying.

Read the district’s DASA policy.

Relationship between bullying and suicide is complex

Suicides of youth reported to have been bullied underscore the need for a concerted effort to address all of the harmful effects of bullying. While the media have reported on the issue, the relationship between bullying and suicide is more complex and less direct than some headlines and news stories might lead one to believe.

Research Brief: Other risk factors play a larger role in suicidal behavior

Recent media publicity around suicides by youth who were bullied by their peers has led many to assume that bullying often leads directly to suicide. Although youth who are involved in bullying are more likely to have suicidal thoughts and attempt suicide than those who are not involved in bullying, research indicates that other risk factors play a larger role in suicidal behavior. 

Read more about this research