A Team Approach
Mr. LeShawn Parker, Coordinator of Prevention and Safety
School Security Officers: 33 employees throughout the Kingston City School District, concentrated in secondary schools
School Monitors: 67 employees throughout the Kingston City School District
School Resource Officers: A partnership between the City of Kingston and the Kingston City School District that is subject to city laws and union regulations
School Community: Principals, Administrators, Teachers, and Students all play a role
In every level of our security team, building relationships based on respect and understanding is emphasized.
KCSD School Safety
- Begins with planning and prevention
- Incorporates social emotional skills for students and staﬀ
- Relies on relationships
- Requires a team approach
- Evolves to meet changing needs in society/schools
Coordinator of Safety and Prevention
Responsibilities of the Coordinator of Safety and Prevention
- Oversees, coordinates, and directs the planning, development and implementation of comprehensive programs addressing the safety and security needs of the school district
- Directs security oﬃcers and monitors to meet school district needs
- Develops and administers organizational procedures designed to maintain security and safety
- Oversees the investigation of all incidents and accidents involving the students, schools, and school personnel
- Plans and directs security audit inspections
- Establishes and interprets policies and procedures for all safety activities including crisis management, drug, alcohol, and crime prevention
- Recommends Security Policies with the Superintendent of Schools
- Serves as the Safety and Health Designee for the district
- Oversees VADIR reporting system
School Safety Officers
School security guards, also known as school safety officers, maintain order on school district property. They are not police officers, and the role does not involve the responsibility to enforce state or local laws or to apprehend violators. Rather, when a crime is involved notify police or report the occurrence to the appropriate school officials.
Special requirements: Must be licensed as a NYS Security Guard. Section 89-G of Article 7A requires all persons engaged in security guard activities be registered with the New York Department of State (DOS), and complete all training (unless exempt) at schools approved by the Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS). The following training courses are required:
- 8 Hour Pre-Assignment Training-A general introductory course. You must complete this course and submit a copy of the certificate issued to you with your security guard application.
- 16 Hour On-The-Job Training (OJT)-A course relevant to the duties of guards, requirements of the work site, and the needs of the employer. You must complete this training within 90 days of employment as a security guard.
- Annual Training Requirement: 8 Hour Annual In-Service Training-This course must be completed each calendar year you hold a security guard registration. Your registration is issued for two years, therefore, you must complete two 8 hour annual In-Service training courses within your registration effective and expiration dates to be eligible for renewal
School Security Guard Duties
TYPICAL WORK ACTIVITIES:
- Patrols buildings and checks windows, doors, and entrances to ensure security
- Protects/guards the teachers, students, administration, and other school employees and property
- Provides assistance in emergency situations
- Prepares incident reports
- Investigates unusual conditions/disturbances and notiﬁes the appropriate individual when warranted
School Resource Officer's (SRO's)
What is a School resource Officer (SRO)?
*Deﬁnition provided by the New York State School Board Association:
The SRO’s primary duty is to protect the school’s environment and to maintain an atmosphere where students, teachers and staﬀ feel safe. SROs should be specially trained and receive regular professional development regarding school systems, student populations and developing relationships with school administrators, teachers and students. In this role, the SRO can be an educator, law enforcer and counselor. As an educator, the SRO can visit classrooms and teach students concepts of safety and crime prevention techniques. The SRO can provide a positive image of law enforcement in an eﬀort to help young people make constructive choices in their lives. As a law enforcer, the SRO can investigate criminal activity occurring on school campuses in accordance with New York State law and school district policies. As a counselor, students may come to the SRO to discuss issues and seek individual attention. The SRO can also be available for conferences with students, parents, and staﬀ regarding law related concerns.
School Resource Officer Requirements
School Resource Oﬃcers face many licensing requirements before they can qualify for the job. SRO's must be accredited as police oﬃcers, which in itself is a rigorous process. Typically, in the State of New York, police oﬃcers are appointed and attend the Basic Course for Police Oﬃcers at a regional academy. A typical course consists of a mix of police oﬃcers from a variety of police departments and sheriﬀ's oﬃces in that region of the state. The Basic Course for Police Oﬃcers currently consists of a minimum of 649 hours.
After this licensing requirement, School Resource Oﬃcers must attend further training with the Criminal Justice Services Youth Service Training department. This is an intensive course that prepares a police oﬃcer to work in an academic environment so that oﬃcers will be able to function more eﬀectively in schools. Training includes academic organizational structure, counseling, handling special needs students, violence in the school, gang activity, creating drug free schools and crisis management.
School Resource Officer Duties
- Peer Mediation for conﬂict resolution
- Safety instruction for students and parents (substance abuse, Internet safety, bullying prevention)
- Conference with school staﬀ to assist regarding law enforcement and criminal issues
- Attendance at parent, school safety, and other required meetings
- Liason with community agencies and organizations that assist youth and families
- Assist Principal and Administration in developing plans and strategies to prevent or minimize dangerous situations in schools
- Maintain a vigilant eye and ear in the community as a preventative measure
- Respond to emergency situations in the school
- Initiate law enforcement action if necessary
NOT school disciplinarians. They are not involved in disciplinary actions that do not constitute violations of the law.
Monitors play an important role in the School District
One of the major roles of a hall monitor is to provide supervisory assistance to create and enable a safe and orderly environment for students as well as accommodate the educational needs of the children.
- Assists teachers in supervising recess periods
- Supervising lunch periods in the cafeteria
- Oversees students in the hallways between periods
- Guides children across streets and intersections
- Encourages the improvement of student achievement
Key trainings in the 2019-2020 school year:
- Violence Prevention Training
- AED/CPR/First Aid
- Safe Talk Suicide Alertness Training
- Therapeutic Crisis Intervention
- New Drug Trends
- Technology Addiction
- Mindfulness and Trauma Informed Care
Keys to Prevention: Relationships
Prevention begins with addressing the needs of the entire student body through Social Emotional Learning
This takes many forms in our school buildings, including the work of the Responsive Classroom, Restorative Justice, the Primary Project, the school-wide study of character values, mindfulness work, Morning Meetings, the Teaching Empathy Institute’s School of belonging, Positive behavior Intervention Supports, and more.
Relationship building between students and trusted adults, whether they are teachers, school psychologists, social workers, monitors, SRO’s, or school safety employees is one of the MOST effective ways to keep our students safe.
Relationships are the number one key to prevention!
Keys to Prevention: Planning and Practice
Building Emergency Response Plans (BERPS) are required by NYSED
- Includes a Basic Plan, Function Annexes, Threat/Hazard Annexes, and Appendices
Students and Staff practice drills in accordance with BERP
- Hold in Place
Offsite Evacuations are held regularly to ensure student/staff familiarity
- GW-HV Senior Residence
- JFK-Iglesia Evangelica Amigos Church
- Chambers-KCSD Warehouse
- Myer-Hurley Reformed Church
- Graves-Town of Esopus Highway Building