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. From the time our students enter kindergarten to the moment they are awarded their diploma, they are encouraged by administrators, faculty and all support staff that if you “See Something/Say Something.” These open lines of communication throughout the district are critical.

Frank Squillante, chief emergency officer, leads a team of 12 full-time school safety officers, 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. In addition, members of the CAER team frequently utilize M-W buildings for training purposes.

Awareness and preparedness are an essential part of the district’s effort to keep everyone safe. The district has implemented a series of custom drills, in addition those required by law. Local and state law enforcement play an active role and maintain a strong presence in and around our school buildings.

Among the district’s key safety initiatives are:

School Resource Officer expansion program for the 2019/2020 school year: 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. The district is installing additional cameras districtwide for the 2019-2020 school year.

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.

Anonymous Alerts: This mobile app and web-based reporting system allows parents, staff and students to anonymously report urgent information to school officials through private messages. Message topics may include bullying, cyber bullying, family difficulties, drug and alcohol abuse, depression, etc. The reporting system continues to play a critical role for both the high school and middle school student body. Families can access the reporting system from the district website.

RAPTOR Visitor Management System: All visitors in the buildings are required to show a government issued photo ID to gain entrance. This web-based program is trusted by more K-12 schools to protect their students, staff and faculty than every other access control system combined. The program checks IDs against the sex offender database in 50 states and alerts officials of unauthorized attempts to enter schools. All M-W schools are equipped with the RAPTOR Visitor System and will continue to be used to scrutinize all visitors who enter school buildings.