District/School Emergency Response Information

Emergencies in schools are paramount issues that must be addressed in an expeditious and effective manner.  Districts are required to develop a district wide school safety plan designed to prevent and minimize the effects of serious incidents and emergencies and facilitate the coordination of the district with local and county resources in the event of such incidents and emergencies.  The district wide plan is responsive to the needs of all schools within the district and is consistent with the more detailed emergency school plans required at the building level.  Districts stand the risk from a wide variety of acts of violence, natural and man made disasters.  To address these threats, the State of New York has enacted the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) law. Project SAVE is a comprehensive planning effort that addresses prevention, response and recovery with respect to a variety of emergencies in schools. Dutchess County BOCES in coordination with thePine Plains Central School District, supports the SAVE legislation, and intends to facilitate the planning process.  The Superintendent of Schools encourages and advocates on-going district wide cooperation and support of project SAVE.


  • NYSED: School Safety 
    "Creating and maintaining safe learning environments is everybody's business. While schools remain among the safest places for our students, one incident of violence or disruption of learning is one too many! The New York State Education Department is committed to promoting safe and healthy learning environments where students are secure in their pursuit of educational success."


  • NYS Center for School Safety 
    "New York State Center for School Safety is a government coordinating agency and information clearinghouse. We are one of three statewide centers and six regional centers that make up the Student Support Services Network. The Student Support Services Network is supervised by the Student Support Services Program of the New York State Education Department."