A priority of the Liberty Central School District is to provide and maintain a safe and welcoming environment for all students and staff. That means that our schools and facilities are clean and safe; the learning environment is supportive and free from discrimination, harrassement and bullying; and everyone knows what to do in the case of an emergency.
Here’s how the district creates a safe environment:
District-Wide Safety Plan
Emergencies and violent incidents in schools are critical issues that must be addressed in an expeditious and effective manner. The Board of Education of the Liberty Central School District recognizes its responsibility to adopt and amend a comprehensive LCSD District-Wide School Safety Plan and Building-Level Emergency Response plans regarding crisis intervention, emergency response and management.
Our safety plans include:
- Building plans
- Evacuation of students
- Emergency response teams
- Coordination of plans
- Prevention and intervention
- Protocols and responses to threats and violence
The Code of Conduct
The district has a long-standing set of expectations for conduct on school property and at school functions. These expectations are based on the principles of civility, mutual respect, citizenship, character, tolerance, honesty, and integrity.
These expectations are outlined in the LCSD Code of Conduct.
The Dignity for All Students Act
All public elementary and secondary students have the right to attend school in a safe, welcoming, considerate and caring environment. New York State’s Dignity for All Students Act seeks to provide all public elementary and secondary school students with a safe and supportive environment free from discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and bullying on school property, a school bus and/or at a school function.
The goal of DASA is to create a safe and supportive school climate where students can learn and focus, rather than fear being discriminated against and/or verbally and/or physically harassed.
The Dignity Act states that no student shall be subjected to harassment or discrimination by employees or students on school property or at a school function based on their actual or perceived race, color, weight, national origin, ethnic group, religion, religious practice, disability, sexual orientation, sex, gender identity or expression.
Safety Procedures and Drills
The district has implemented a series of procudures in the event of an emergency or unexpected situation and students and staff practice the response. These drills include:
Shelter in Place
Used to shelter students and staff inside the building.
Hold in Place
Used to limit movement of students and staff while dealing with short-term emergencies.
Used to evacuate the students and staff from the building to avoid a danger.
Used to secure school buildings and grounds during incidents that pose an imminent concern outside of the school.
Used to secure school buildings and grounds during incidents that pose an immediate threat of violence in or around the school.