February 20, 2019
Shootings

Saratoga Parents For Safer Schools releases school security plan – The Saratogian

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SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. — Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools has announced its release of an eight point school security plan which they feel addresses the safety needs of the school district as well as the concerns of parents on both sides of the school security debate. 

The group is comprised of concerned parents advocating for raising the number of School Resource Officers, mental health services and for re-imagining the grounds monitor position to what the organization refers to as a School Security Officer. The group organized after a vote by the Saratoga Springs Board of Education on Oct. 9, 2018 moved to disarm grounds monitors.

“We wanted to recreate the grounds monitor position to include some of the valid concerns of community members pertaining to ongoing training and development” said group organizer Kara Rosettie. 

“In our plan, School Security Officers will be active duty or retired police officers only. They will be tied into the city emergency management system, and complete specialized training through the National Association of School Resource Officers.

Additionally, the School Security Officers will be required to complete active shooter training with the local or county police department” she added.

School security officers will be permitted to carry firearms on school grounds, with appropriate training and approval.

“School Security Officers are an important first line of defense in an active assailant emergency. The average police response time to city schools is 7.7 minutes and even longer in Wilton and Greenfield. The presence of armed security officers can significantly reduce the time it takes to respond to an emergency.”

Saratoga Parents for Safer Schools acknowledges the importance of adequate funding for preventative measures surrounding mental health services in the plan.

“Our plan calls for mandatory training to be conducted regularly for all school personnel and should include crisis intervention, bully prevention, and knowing the signs of someone who is a danger to themselves and/or others” said Rosettie. 

The plan can be viewed in its entirety on the organization’s website:

https://www.spfss.com/shool-security-plan/

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