Maintaining safe schools is one of the primary responsibilities of Queensbury Union Free School District. The district uses a variety of tactics to achieve this goal:
- Queensbury schools conduct 12 safety drills annually, including evacuation and lockdown drills.
- Video cameras are used on school grounds, in school buildings and buses to monitor activity.
- After buses unload in the morning, school buildings are locked and monitored by a staff member.
- Visitors use an intercom to state their names and purpose of visit to gain entry into secure vestibules at each school.
- When visitors first come to a school, they must show proof of identification such as a driver’s license and be entered into a BadgePass system.
- The system scans visitors’ names and photos, and runs them against district safety records and the national sexoffender database. Visitors who do not have valid identification are only admitted with administrative approval.
- Visitors must receive a badge every time they enter a school building, but they only need to be entered into the BadgePass system once to be recognized on future visits to any school building districtwide.
- Visitors who pass the security clearance are given a badge sticker that must be worn throughout their visit to the school and returned when they leave. If a badge is not returned, a “void” watermark will appear on it the next day so it cannot be reused.
- Faculty, support staff, substitutes, volunteers, and interns are issued ID badges that are to be worn at all times.
- The district partners with local law enforcement agencies. Warren County Sheriff’s Officers patrol the campus and school hallways on a daily basis. The New York State Police, whose barracks are next to the school campus, also regularly visit and partner with schools.
- The district conducts safety reviews annually to evaluate district and building-level safety plans in accordance with the New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (S.A.V.E.) law.
- Administrators, faculty and staff regularly participate in training activities such as tabletop exercises and workshops to discuss and practice safety plans.
- Capital projects have and continue to improve safety and security in Queensbury schools.
- Other safety precautions such as the use of restorative practices, character education programs, mental health-related curriculum, and the on-campus Behavioral Health Center @ Parsons serve as preventative measures.
Watch a School Safety Night video from January 2016 to learn more about safety efforts in Queensbury schools.