Emergency Card: General Response Protocols

Dear Parents/Guardians, 

I am writing to provide you with information about the Department of Education’s Emergency Readiness
Initiatives that are in place in all NYC Public Schools.

Every school currently has procedures for emergencies. In 2000, New York State Education Law Section
2801 was enacted requiring schools to develop safety plans regarding emergency response. In July of
2001, the law was amended to require that plans include information for evacuation and sheltering. In
accordance with this, “schools need to conduct drills and other exercises to test components of the
emergency response plan.”

School staff members are trained in various procedures that are outlined in the School Safety Plan and
we currently conduct a variety of drills throughout the year to prepare our staff and students. Section
807 of the New York State Education Law requires all schools to conduct a minimum of 12 fire drills each
year. Section 917 of the State Education Law states that schools are required to provide and maintain
automated external defibrillator (AED) equipment, and drills are conducted during the year to assess the
use of AED units in an emergency. In accordance with Section 3623 of the State Education Law, drills are
also conducted at schools that focus on safety on a school bus.

In addition to conducting these types of drills, our school has a Building Response Team that is trained to
activate and respond to different incidents that may occur at our school. Under the new General
Response Protocol (GRP), every school will be conducting specific drills designed to help prepare all
school communities for three different types of response to emergencies that may occur: evacuation,
shelter-in, and lockdown. Opportunities for parent engagement are available at our school to ensure
that families are involved in our school-based emergency readiness program. Parent versions of the
School Safety Plan are available upon request in the main office, and information explaining the GRP is
included with this letter. Many other important resources for families are also available by visiting
https://www.schools.nyc.gov/school-life/safe-schools.

Emergency readiness training in schools takes place in September and continues for staff and students
throughout the school year. Student training is grade appropriate and designed to ensure that students
understand the importance of these drills without causing unnecessary alarm. Please review the
General Response Protocols that have been given to all students, and discuss these procedures with
your child.

All families are reminded to update the Emergency Contact Cards that are on file in our main office. This
includes providing and updating information indicating phone numbers, and the names of adults to
whom the school may release children in an emergency. Families are also encouraged to register with
Notify NYC (https://a858-nycnotify.nyc.gov/notifynyc/) to receive information about emergency events,
and call 311 for additional information about a school during an emergency.

Sincerely,
Dominick D'Angelo
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