School Safety Laws in the State of New York: how teachers are responsible for awareness of these laws
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The State of New York has enacted laws to ensure that school safety is a high priority. Creating and maintaining a safe learning environment is the responsibility of all school employees. The State recently issued a regulation requiring all teacher certification programs to include in their curriculum an introduction to the following laws:
(H) means of instructing students for the purpose of preventing child abduction, in accordance with Education Law section 803-a; preventing alcohol, tobacco and other drug abuse, in accordance with Education Law section 804; providing safety education, in accordance with Education Law section 806; and providing instruction in fire and arson prevention, in accordance with Education Law section 808;
The full texts of these four laws can be found in this link.
The MAT program addresses these laws with a discussion assignment in the first-term course titled US Schools in Social Context. In this online written forum, each student uses the websites of two school districts in the State of New York to find how they address the four laws. This is followed by the student’s written perspective on how teachers are responsible for awareness of these laws and for being prepared to intervene when finding that a student’s safety is at risk regarding the threats addressed by the laws.
Further information on the State of New York’s commitment to school safety regarding the four regulations can be found in the following links:
New York State Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act
New York State Center for School Safety
New York State School Safety: A Statewide and Regional Review
http://www.riskwatch.org/ (fire prevention curriculum used in hundreds of classrooms in NY State)
NYSED Pupil Transportation Guidelines
NYSPTA page on travel safety, including bicycle riding
Child Abduction Prevention Education Program Grant (New York)
NYSED Safe and Drug Free Schools and Communities