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, 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, which was discussed during a School Safety Night presentation in January 2016.
- The district conducts safety reviews annually to evaluate district and building level safety plans in accordance with New York State Safe School Against Violence in Education (S.A.V.E.) Law.
The district-level school safety plan can be viewed online, but building-level safety plans are confidential and are not posted for public review.
Watch a School Safety Night video from January 2016 to learn more about safety efforts in Queensbury schools.