Dear Parents and Guardians:
The staff at Green Meadow Elementary School makes school safety a top priority. We work diligently to ensure that while your children are here at school they are safe. Various measures are in place to ensure that we are best prepared for any situation that may arise.
Please take a moment to review some of the safety protocols listed below that are in place.
- A single point of entry is used to access Green Meadow Elementary School.
- Any visitor who enters an East Greenbush Central School District building will be asked by the reception area secretary to provide a valid state-issued license or government-issued identification.
- All visitors must report to the reception window inside the vestibule to be properly signed in and badged. Badges must be worn at all times. Visitors are monitored during their time in the building.
- Visitors who have been buzzed in should never hold the door open to permit others access to the building. This includes people that they may know and recognize.
- Security cameras are located throughout the building and on school grounds. These cameras are monitored in the main office and have the ability to record.
- If there are any custody issues that may impact the school, it is the responsibility of the parent and/or guardian to provide the school with a copy of any legal papers. An email or other personal correspondence is not sufficient.
- We work closely with the Schodack Police Department. They visit our building frequently to monitor arrival and dismissal, as well as conduct various checks during the day.
- Green Meadow Elementary School has a comprehensive Building Safety Plan.
- The Building Safety Committee meets periodically to review our building level plan and to focus on preventative strategies.
- The EGCSD has a District Safety Committee, which the Green Meadow principal is a member of.
- The EGCSD has a district-wide safety coordinator, Mr. Jeffrey Tooker, who coordinates all district safety plans and procedures.
- The EGCSD has a comprehensive district-wide Emergency Management Plan.
- Safety drills are conducted throughout the school year and at various times during the day. These include Fire, Lockdown, Lockout, and Shelter-in-Place drills.
We encourage all students to take the bus to and from school for routine transportation. However, if you will be transporting your child, please note the following guidelines below.
- There are no student drop offs permitted prior to 9:00 a.m. We do not have staff available to supervise children prior to the start of the school day. If you arrive at school prior to 9:00, please remain with your child in the vestibule until the morning bell rings.
- Parents dropping off their child after 9:00 a.m. should escort their child to the front door. Please do not have students walk across the parking lot alone or drop them off at the top of the hill near the Schuurman Road entrance. There is a significant amount of traffic.
- If your child is being dropped off after 9:15 a.m., you must accompany your child to the reception vestibule window so they may be properly signed in.
- Parents picking up their child will need to report to the reception vestibule window where they will sign their child out.
- Students will not be called for pick up until 3:25, as to not interfere with our instructional day.
- Do not block entrance or exit routes with your vehicle. Our buses are large and need room to maneuver.
- Do not park on the lawn or in other designated “No Parking” areas.
Lastly, we would like to remind you that during an emergency dismissal, students must be transported via school bus to the emergency location indicated on the student verification form. It is critical that all information, including emergency dismissal location, phone number(s) and email addresses are up to date.
If you have not yet signed up to receive important alerts via text message, such as school closings and delays, and would like to do so, please visit: http://www.egcsd.org/alert.
Our staff recognizes that emergencies can happen. We are confident that with proper planning and preparation, these emergencies can and will be handled effectively. If you have any questions or concerns, please feel free to contact me.
Daniel G. Garab