Health and Safety Service
Contact: Nicole Dillon, 315-867-2035
The Health and Safety Service assists participating districts in interpreting and complying with Federal and State Regulations in order to maintain a safe and healthy environment, by addressing physical and mental health matters, as well as safety, environmental, school climate, and bullying and harassment issues.
The Health and Safety Service provides participating districts with services related to the following areas as a Base Service:
- Crisis Response
- Dignity for All Students Act (DASA)
- Emergency Planning
- Operations & Maintenance
- School Safety
Trauma can threaten a student’s sense of worth and well-being. If an emotional impact is not addressed post-trauma/crisis it will lead to an increase in behavior problems, use of drugs and alcohol and long-term academic issues. The Health and Safety Service provides services, including coordinating counseling needs, crisis response assistance, crisis team training, and plan templates, to assist with the proper handling of school-wide crises which is essential to minimizing negative impact on learning and mental health.
The intent of DASA is to ensure a safe and supportive educational environment for public elementary and secondary students, free from discrimination, intimidation, harassment and bullying on school property, on a school bus, at a school function, or online. The Safety Service is available to provide technical assistance, training, and programming to help your district meet the goals and requirements of DASA including DASA Refresher Trainings, Dignity Act Coordinator training, staff and/or student presentations. Level II services available to participating districts include: DASA Remediation Plan assistance and Dignity Act Certification Training (pending NYSED approval).
Several regulations, including NYSED’s Project SAVE and RESCUE require school districts to take an active role in Emergency Planning. The Safety Service can assist your district with meeting these requirements in several ways including: assisting in the development of district and building level safety and emergency response plans, training on emergency procedures, and coordinating utilizing the State Police K-9 units for locker searches.
A number of different authorities have jurisdiction over the Operations & Maintenance of school districts including the NYS Department of Labor, NYSED, and NYS Department of Health, as well local municipalities. The Safety Service assists district in meeting these regulatory requirements by offering training, Asbestos/AHERA related services, environmental monitoring, fire safety inspections, MSDS Online access, protocol and policy development, and playground safety inspections. A representative from the Health and Safety Service is available to participating school districts in the event of an inspection by any of the agencies listed above.
In July 2000, the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education Act (Project SAVE) was signed into law to promote a safer and more effective learning environment within New York State schools. The Safety Service offers services that help schools to meet the requirements of this regulation such as coordinating assessments of building safety and security, first responder coordination, safety committee participation, emergency response training, and school violence prevention.
Additionally, the Health and Safety Service is available to provide a variety of trainings regarding various health and safety issues on an as-needed basis. The Health and Safety Service also provide a number of programs that do not neatly fit into a specific category, or overlap between more than one of category. These include newsletter, regulatory updates, severe weather alerts, Opening Day Presentations, and a comprehensive Health and Safety Service Resources website.
The Health and Safety Service offers Venuetize’s “Rapid Responder” All-Hazards Emergency Preparedness & Crisis Management System as an additional, aid-able service.
Rapid Responder is a web-based All-Hazards Crisis Management System. It provides facility owners, first responders and other community stakeholders with instant access to critical site-specific information, including – but not limited to – floor plans, site maps, aerial photos, interior and exterior facility photos, hazardous material inventories and locations, SDS, utility control locations, utility shut off instructions, emergency plans, as well as key stakeholder contact information. Pricing for Rapid Responder is broken down by “site” (not to exceed three buildings [with the exception of additional portable buildings and school out buildings]. Campuses with multiple, physically separate schools that share the same grounds will be considered separate “sites”).
Staff Development – Transportation
State certified instructors conduct 20- hour basic safety training courses which are required of all bus drivers. A 10-hour advanced safety training course is also available for bus drivers.
Staff Development – Civil Service
Training is conducted for cafeteria and custodial personnel. Seminars are conducted for cleaners, custodians, maintenance mechanics, cafeteria workers and cooks. There is also training for the supervisors of those workers.
- Crisis Response