Safety, Security, and Emergency Management
Emergencies in schools are defined as undesirable events that have the potential to cause injury or illness to members of our school community, or disrupt the orderly educational process. They range from acts of bullying or harassment to catastrophic natural or man-made events. Emergency management is the discipline of dealing with and avoiding risks. It is a discipline that involves preparing for an emergency situation or disaster before it occurs as well as supporting and rebuilding from the emergency after natural or human-made disasters have occurred.
The District has policies and procedures in place to protect our schools from a variety of threats, ranging from fires to flu. A District Safety Committee and District and Building Emergency Response Teams meet regularly and debrief on both major and minor issues; conduct emergency drills of many sorts; respond to teacher and parent concerns; and plan for potential, larger scale issues. Administrators and counseling staff are prepared and equipped to support students through a wide range of social and emotional issues, including peer conflicts; family issues, such as separation/divorce; stress in its many forms; and appropriate decision-making, to name a few. The District also works closely with a number of community agencies, including the Scarsdale Edgemont Family Counseling Service and the Village Police and Fire Departments.