School Safety

The Monroe-Woodbury Central School District is committed to providing a safe, secure environment in which students may grow and learn. There is nothing more important than the safety of students, staff and school visitors.

Our team of 12 full-time school safety officers is supplemented by more than 30 retired police officers, correction officers and military service members. The team works closely with federal, state, county and local police and fire agencies, municipal officials and community organizations to as part of Community Awareness Emergency Response (CAER) initiative, which is organized by the school district.

Key safety initiatives:

School Resource Officers

The district has established full-time School Resource Officer coverage at all seven school buildings.

Video Surveillance

The district utilizes cameras in key locations throughout the district. Local law enforcement has access to these cameras to allow them to continually monitor happenings within district buildings.

Crisis Teams

There are district team members trained in crisis management, supported by social workers, psychologists, nurses, counselors, guidance staff and members of the Orange County crisis team, as needed.

RAPTOR Visitor Management System

All M-W schools are equipped with the web based RAPTOR Visitor System to validate the identification of all visitors who enter school buildings.

Important terms for students and parents

Emergency Situations:  Protective Actions and Recommended Parental Responses

The District, as well as each school building, maintains school safety plans, which detail response procedures for possible emergencies. The protocol for emergency response varies based on individual circumstances.  When conditions warrant an emergency response, local law enforcement collaborates with district and building administration to determine the most appropriate response based on the knowledge at hand and under the circumstances.

Building Lockdown

This procedure indicates that a serious situation exists within the building and that all staff and students are to immediately move out of the hallways and into classrooms. Students, faculty, and staff will remain in those locations and no one will be allowed to leave until the situation has resolved. Controlled access to the building is extended to the campus perimeter.

Law enforcement will dictate subsequent actions until the situation has been resolved.

Building Lockout

This procedure curtails outside activity (e.g. Physical Education classes, recess) and access to the campus is limited.  The normal school day will continue within the building. Building lockout is commonly used for reasons ranging from the presence of bears or other animals to weather emergencies.

Secure the Building

This procedure indicates that a serious situation exists within the building and that all staff and students are to immediately move out of the hallways and into classrooms.

  • Controlled access to the building is extended to the campus perimeter.
  • Law enforcement will dictate subsequent actions until the situation has been assessed and resolved.

Short-Term Shelter in Place

The entire school population moves to a single or to multiple location(s) within a school building. Short-Term Shelter in Place is most commonly used during bomb threats and weather emergencies.

  • The receiving areas of building will have been checked and declared safe.
  • The students will remain in that location until the situation has been resolved.
  • During Homeland Security Emergencies, students who cannot be sent home because a responsible adult is not home to receive the student will be sheltered at a designated location that will be protected by District personnel and law enforcement agencies.
  • When a responsible adult is available, the student can be picked up.

Transfer to Alternate Location or Emergency Shelter

In the event that the building is evacuated (e.g. fire) and is not cleared for re-entry, all students and staff will be directed to an alternative evacuation site as directed by District administration and/or law enforcement.

Recommended Parental Responses

Parents and guardians should be aware that the district will keep families informed utilizing the emergency communication channels in SwiftK12. Unless the campus is determined to be safe:

  • Students will not be released from school.
  • Parents should not attempt to pick up their children nor should they be present at the school.
  • Parents should not call the school.
  • Parents should monitor local radio stations and the Monroe-Woodbury website and social media for information.