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Daniel T. Connor

227 Main Street
Goshen, NY 10924
(845) 615-6720

Central School District

Safety, Health & Wellness

School Safety

The Goshen Central School District is committed to provide a safe learning environment for all students and staff. We continue to monitor and study the needs of our schools in order to make necessary changes to ensure everyone's well-being.

Safety practices at Goshen Schools

  • Identification badges are provided and required for all school employees, visitors and substitutes.

  • Fingerprinting and background checks are completed for all prospective employees.

  • The exterior doors of our four schools are kept locked throughout the school day.

  • A single point of entry is required for our schools. Students, staff and visitors must enter and exit through the front doors/greeter stations only.

  • At Scotchtown Avenue Elementary School, Goshen Intermediate School and the C. J. Hooker Middle School, visitors are unable to enter the school though the front doors – which are locked – without showing identification and signing in at the greeter station.

  • Visitors at SAS, GIS and CJH must be buzzed in by the greeter.

  • At GHS, visitors must show identification and sign in with the school’s student supervisors when they enter the school, adjacent to the main office.

  • Building administrators are able to view video surveillance by connecting to the district's security camera system over our local area network.

  • Our schools actively practice emergency drills in case of a fire, tornado, lockdown or other emergency situation.

  • District officials work closely with the Goshen Police Department to ensure the safety of our students.

Project SAVE (Schools Against Violence in Education)

In 2000, New York enacted the most comprehensive legislative plan in the nation to govern safety and orderliness within New York State schools with the goal of improving school safety in every school to ensure that students are focused on meeting the high academic standards rather than on personal safety.

Safety Plans
Under Project SAVE, the Board of Education must develop a district-wide safety plan as well as building-level emergency response plans. These plans are reviewed periodically and updated when necessary.

District-wide school safety plans include policies and procedures for contacting law enforcement in the event of an emergency; contacting parents/guardians in the event of an emergency or early dismissal; the identification of appropriate responses to emergencies; and responding to acts of violence and implied or direct threats of violence by students, faculty, staff or anyone else in the school building.

The building-level plans include policies and procedures for creating and maintaining an emergency response team at the school with clear chain of command; safely evacuating students, faculty, staff and anyone else in the school building during an emergency; ensuring that first responders have access to interior floor plans, school grounds plans and road maps of the immediate surrounding area; and annual review and conduct of drills and other exercises to test components of emergency plans, in coordination with local and county emergency responders and preparedness officials.

Incident Command System (ICS)
New York State Commissioner’s Regulation 155.17(e)(2) requires that district and building-level emergency plans delineate the chain of command during an emergency response in a manner consistent with the Incident Command System (ICS).

The National Incident Command System (ICS) standardizes incident management across all levels of government—federal, state and local:

  • Allowing for the integration of facilities, equipment, personnel, procedures and communications.

  • Enabling a coordinated response among various jurisdictions and agencies, both public and private.

  • Establishing common processes for planning and managing resources.

It is typically structured to facilitate activities in five major functional areas: Command, Operations, Planning, Finance/Administration and Logistics. All of the functional areas may or may not be used based on the incident needs.