This morning I had the opportunity to attend a safety meeting hosted by Superintendent Lodico & Staten Island Field Support Center Executive Director Moran. The meeting was a collaboration between the NYPD, DOE and our city elected representatives. The discussion allowed us to share the protocols that surround school safety. We were able to highlight some of the things we need to advocate for from City Hall in the areas of security technology, communication and overall methods to safeguard our schools.
NYPD Borough Commander Chief Corey assured us that the NYPD is monitoring all sources for information and applying the appropriate response and resources. He explained that the Precinct NCO Officers and Youth Officers as well as Patrol Sectors are visiting our schools each day to increase presence. Each school has a safety plan that is reviewed and filed with the NYPD and available to officers in the field to guide the emergency response.
DOE Borough Safety Director Grassadonio explained the General Response Protocols (GRP) which includes Evacuation, Shelter-In and Soft & Hard Lockdowns. Each school is mandated to hold 8 evacuation and 4 lockdown drills during the school year. In addition each school has a Safety Committee comprised of parents, staff and school safety. They hold a meeting each month and must hold at least 1 Town Hall style safety meeting with their school community.
Borough President Oddo, Council Members Matteo, Rose and Borelli will continue to express our needs as a borough on school safety to Mayor de Blasio. Some of these needs require centralized city funding and making resources available like increasing the number of School Safety Agents assigned to Staten Island. It also includes streamlining communication at all levels of the process.
Thank you to everyone for your committment and efforts to ensure our schools remain safe.
School safety must be a community effort and we are truly a community partnering together!
You can read more about the GRP in my Staten Island Parent article here: