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Rockland Police, School Officials to Review School Safety Procedures

Meeting a response to deadly incident in Newtown, CT.

Rockland school and police officials plan to meet this week to discuss safety procedures in response to Friday's deadly .

"While we can and will always work to strengthen what I believe is an effective system for safety and security, it is most important at this time that we offer our students every reassurance that our schools are a safe place for students," said Nyack Schools Superintendent James J. Montesano in a message to his district on Monday.

Montesano said that he, other superintendents and police officials plan to meet on Wednesday to discuss their safety procedures.

In Nyack, Montesano said that school safety will also be discussed Wednesday morning at a Parent Council meeting.

"The district has a comprehensive school safety plan that has been developed with the assistance of state and local authorities," Montesano said. "The District has a school emergency and tactical plan in place for each school, as well. The plans are annually reviewed and provide critical operating procedures in responding to a wide range of potential emergencies. Lockdown drills, school evacuations, communication systems during a crisis, assisting students and personnel with special and medical needs - are examples of the areas addressed in our safety plans. District personnel have been trained in Incident Command Systems and other emergency areas such as CPR and emergency care. The District will continue to provide ongoing training, practice of emergency drills and review of our safety plans."

Montesano said Nyack will continue to have counselors available to assist children who may be expressing fear or be worried about going to school because of the attack in Newtown, in which 26 people — 20 of them children — were killed by Adam Lanza of Newtown. 

Before schools opened on Monday, Montesano said meeting were held throughout the district to discuss strategies on how best to support the students.

"In the days ahead we will continue to monitor our students and will contact parents of children who may be displaying signs of distress during their time at school," Montesano said. "Please contact your child’s principal or teacher if your child is demonstrating anxiety or concerns about his or her school and you would like us to assist."

Josie Public December 18, 2012 at 11:24 AM
Thank you to The Orangetown Police Administration and Town Board for cutting the School resource officers from our schools. Well done
elizabeth December 18, 2012 at 12:02 PM
Don't you think that sicko would have just shot the cop, too? I don't think making schools armed fortresses is the answer. How about publicizing the "signs & symptoms" of potential " mass shooters," like they do with potential suicides. These incidents don't just pop out of the sky. These "people" show many clues before they actually do anything. There could be referral names & numbers for intervention. Involuntary committment, with strict, specific criteria, should also be considered.
Josie Public December 18, 2012 at 02:05 PM
No the cop would have slowed the guy down and called in the cavalry. Maybe 1 less kid would have died. Or 2 or 3 or 4...even if he gets shot. Also cops in schools is an old idea. There are cops in schools all over the county, state, and nation.
s3niormoment April 01, 2013 at 02:53 PM
So , where is the follow up article ? What was reviewed & what new measures are being implemented ? Are we to assume all is well in the Nyack school system ? My 5 year old knows what to do in the event of a fire but has not practiced lockdown or even knew what to do if a " robber " came to his school . As far as I can see this has been another paperwork exercise . Real change should be measurable . The teachers at SandyHook Elementary had practiced their emergency routine the week before , they took life saving actions during the incident that removed many children from Adam Lanzas line if sight . Have the children of Nyack school district done anything similar ? To my knowledge they have not .

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