Emergencies in schools must be addressed in an expeditious and effective manner. Schools are at risk of acts of violence, natural, and manmade disasters. To address these threats, the State of New York has enacted the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) law. Project SAVE is a comprehensive planning effort that addresses prevention, response and recovery with respect to a variety of emergencies in schools.
Three emergency plan templates are attached. Individual charter schools are required by the NYSED to complete 2 safety plans: a District- Wide Safety Plan and a Building-Level Safety Plan.
- District level: Provide broad concepts and policies related to preparing for and responding to issues of school safety.
- Building level: Provides details of how to respond, including tactical strategies, schematics, specific communication codes, and contact information.
- If you will share space with a DOE school you will also need to submit with them a combined/shared safety plan, into a DOE system. Often the DOE school does the actual entry. You mustbe involved in the planning/ documentation process and sign off on the plan.
These templates are not to be used as "fill in the blank" forms. Rather, they should serve as a model for you to develop a plan that best suits your school's needs.You should also refer to the NYSED's safety plan checklists as you create your plans. Checklists can be found here.