When horrific events like the one at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida occur, it is heartbreaking for all affected by such senseless acts of violence.
When tragedies such as this occur, it forces us to again look at the protocols we have in place and what can be learned from such incidents. GESD’s School Safety Committee continually reviews the district’s Safe Schools Plan and Emergency Management Plan for preparing for emergencies and avoiding crisis.
With the safety and security of our students and staff a top priority, the district continues to reinforce practices and protocols, including:
- All entrances to school buildings are locked during the day.
- Visitors must enter each school building through a secure front door/main office. Visitors are required to sign in and obtain a visitor’s pass when in the building.
- Faculty, staff and students participate in regular safety drills to practice emergency procedures throughout the year, as mandated by the state.
- All new employees, including teachers, are fingerprinted before hired with background checks performed by the State Education Department.
- GESD maintains open communications with the Gloversville Police and emergency responders.
Please know that our school staff, teachers and administration will remain vigilant to unusual activities and troubling social media posts, and will continue to cooperate with law enforcement to investigate any and all situations that could jeopardize school safety.
It is important for teachers, staff, parents, students and community members to work toward a common goal of maintaining safety in our schools. If you have any questions or concerns about the information above, please reach out to your child’s building principal or the superintendent’s office.