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021 Utica National Safety AwardFor the 18th consecutive year, the East Greenbush Central School District has received the School Safety Excellence Award from Utica National Insurance Group. Superintendent Jeff Simons presented the award at the Board of Education meeting on November 3.

“I want to congratulate the board for continuing to emphasize safety,” said Superintendent Jeff Simons, “and also our administrative staff and our team of support staff and teachers working together to help the district to achieve the Utica National Safety Award again this year.”

The award, presented annually to Utica National’s clients, recognizes school districts’ safety efforts as they work to help keep students, staff and visitors safe. Schools are measured in a number of areas such as transportation, playground safety and bullying prevention programs.

The district’s comprehensive safety program, which is guided by the annual district safety plan, includes the following:

  • All schools have a locked single point of entry through which students, employees and visitors enter
  • All staff must wear photo ID badges while in school buildings
  • All visitors must sign-in, provide photo ID that is scanned through Raptor Visitor Management System and put wear a sticker badge with their name and photo
  • Security cameras monitor school entrances and surrounding areas
  • All employees must be fingerprinted and pass a thorough background check before starting work in the district
  • Students must adhere to the Code of Conduct, which contains information on the range of consequences that may be imposed if students misbehave
  • Every school practices a comprehensive set of safety drills (fire, lockdown, lockout, school bus safety) to ensure that students, faculty and staff are prepared should an emergency occur
  • Special programs for students on the topics of health, wellness, fire safety and bullying prevention
  • Each November, every school in the district dismisses students 15 minutes early to test its Emergency Management Plan
  • Safety, health and wellness training is provided to staff during professional development
  • A district-wide Safety Committee meets regularly throughout the school year to discuss safety-related topics
  • The district has implemented strict health and safety guidelines during the COVID-19 pandemic