Many Parts to District's Safety Plan
May 2, 2018 - Featured in Connections budget issue
“All members of the school community will help maintain a campus-wide environment that fosters high levels of safety and wellness.”
Queensbury Board of Education Goals: 2017 - 2020
School safety is a top priority in Queensbury Union Free School District.
“Safety is a comprehensive effort that the district is actively engaged in. It’s an effort that never ends. It’s an effort that requires our diligence at all times,” said Superintendent of School Dr. Douglas W. Huntley during the Queensbury Board of Education meeting in April.
Safety Efforts Earn Award
That diligence has earned Queensbury the highest level of recognition, Titanium with Honors, in Utica National Insurance Group’s 2018 School Safety Excellence Award Program. During its meeting, the Board of Education recognized Director of Facilities and Operations Rob Chapman and Assistant Director of Facilities William O’Reilly for preparing the award application.
“The application covers 20 different aspects of safety all across the district, from how are your policies to how is your bus fleet,” said Chapman, who is pictured with O'Reilly (center) and Board of Education President Dr. Jill Borgos (right).
He then spoke about the creation of safety vestibules in all four school entrances. Queensbury Elementary School, William H. Barton Intermediate School and Queensbury Middle School each have one now, and Queensbury High School will have one with completion of the Legacy 2020 capital project.
Assessments, Summer Phone Project to Support School Safety
This spring, administrators are working to develop more unified school safety assessments, with support from a risk management consultant. Huntley explained the aim is for a more consistent, cohesive approach to student risk intervention.
He also shared that Queensbury is replacing its outdated phone system this summer to improve school safety. The current system has analog components that suppliers no longer support. By September, a new Voice over Internet Protocol phone system will improve communications between different school safety systems and building areas during a crisis.
Visit www.queensburyschool.org/safety for more highlights of the district’s comprehensive safety plan.