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
Safety practices at Goshen Schools
Identification badges are
provided and required for all school employees, visitors and
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
District officials work
closely with the Goshen Police Department to ensure the safety of
Project SAVE (Schools Against Violence in
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.
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
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
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.