School Safety and Security
As a District, we have adopted a variety of safety and security policies and procedures, including a student code of conduct that is enforced fairly and consistently. All high school students are provided with a copy of the student code of conduct in the student handbook, which is also available on this website; all other students are provided a summary in student-friendly language. Our student body is our best means of prevention as they may be among the first to receive information about a possible threat to our schools. Please remember – see something, say something.
Parent-student-school communication is key to preventing school violence. Parents are the frontline in identifying troubling behaviors in their children. If you have concerns, don't hesitate to call your child's counselor so we can partner with you and your child to get the help they need to prevent potential escalation. Working together we can keep students safe and secure.
As a school district, we are routinely training, updating and adding new procedures to the PCSD safety and security plans. Below are some of the more recently added security measures and enhancements:
- Controlled access at all Pittsford School District buildings. Security additions include the installation of secure vestibules at all four secondary schools (double-door entrances), intercom systems throughout all nine schools, and controlled access through the main entry at the elementary schools.
- A computer-based visitor photo badge system with expiring badges has been implemented at all schools. All visitor entry is only permitted through the main entry doors until the end of the school day. All visitors are screened before they enter our schools.
- Monroe County Sheriff's Office Deputies have full access to our schools and have increased their visibility/presence on school campuses. These visits enable deputies to better familiarize themselves with staff and students, as well as the layout of all nine of our schools.
- Increased security video equipment and personnel to monitor school property including over 200 cameras. Location and number of cameras are continuously reviewed with law enforcement.
- Continuous training of stakeholders about the importance of keeping exterior doors locked and promoting a single-point of entry. This includes entrance and exit audits.
- Employees are required to be fingerprinted as part of their employment background check.
- Safety protocols and training for substitute teachers has been enhanced and improved.
- Intruder locks were installed in classrooms throughout all nine school buildings.
Pittsford Central School District has a comprehensive emergency response plan. Emergency procedures are regularly practiced with the faculty, staff and students. Drills are practiced at our schools with the support of the Town and Village of Pittsford, and the fire department.
The District routinely trains with many experts in the field of school safety (Monroe County Sheriff’s Office and Homeland Security) and continuously makes improvements as new protocols develop. These emergency plans are provided to and reviewed with all local emergency service providers.
A Town representative participates on the District Health and Safety Committee to provide a communication connection with the Town's emergency services.
The Pittsford Central School District uses a mass notification system which provides parent and staff notification services through phone calls, voice messages, emails and text alerts. Blackboard Communications is used for communicating to parents and staff on issues impacting student safety in a timely and efficient manner.
The District also works with local radio and television stations to share out emergency information.
In addition to these safety precautions, PCSD also puts considerable emphasis on prevention. The Student Services Department provides support programs and services for students and staff throughout the District including counselors, psychologists, social workers and other specialized mental health professionals. The Department serves as the central point for social emotional supports and comprehensive mental health services, offers targeted services to students and promotes District health, wellness and safety. The Department also supports a variety of community partnerships and activities linked to safety and security.
While we have made significant strides in both preventing and preparing for emergencies, our work is ongoing. Social Emotional Learning continues to be a growing area of education for us because more children are exhibiting stress and anxiety. Working together we can keep students safe and secure. Currently, we are engaged in the review of our mental health services, systems and structures with the intent to enhance this critical area.
Visiting your Child's School
Each school has a check-in procedure for visitors during the school day. Although we encourage parents to visit our campuses, please keep in mind that check-in procedures apply to all visitors as part of our access control measures. Visitors should use appropriate entrances (usually the main entry) and be prepared to state the nature of their visit, show photo identification and receive a visitor's badge. Our procedures are structured to ensure the safety of students and staff.
Please contact school personnel as quickly as possible if a situation arises that could endanger students or staff. All information is treated in an appropriately confidential manner.
Parents and students often question the process used in making determinations about school closings. Click School Closings for answers and information about the school closing process at Pittsford Schools.
NYS Sex Offender Registry
NY-ALERT System for Sex Offender Notifications
Residents of New York can register to receive alerts when moderate- or high-risk sex offenders move into or out of their area. The NY-ALERT System will send alerts through email or as a text message, fax or telephone recording.
Subscribers can register for up to three areas for notification. Areas are defined by county, zip code or a specific address. If a specific address is selected, the subscriber designates a radius from a quarter-mile to 25 miles around that address.
Registration can be completed at http://www.criminaljustice.ny.gov/nsor/. Subscribers will receive sex offender relocation notices when a Level 2 (moderate risk) or Level 3 (high risk) sex offender listed on the public subdirectory moves into or out of a community of interest. By law, the state can only provide information about Level 1 (low-risk) offenders or those with a pending risk level through a toll-free number (1-800-262-3257).
This service is possible through a partnering of the New York State Division of Criminal Justice Services (DCJS) and the New York State Emergency Management Office (SEMO) which manages the NY-ALERT system.
The 2016-17 enacted State budget included amendments to Education Law Sections 2801-a and 807 (Chapter 54 of the Laws of 2016) related to school emergency response planning. The changes to legislation summarized in the May 19 memorandum from Assistant Commissioner Renee Rider became effective on July 1, 2016.