school safety

The Voorheesville school district will hold a planning meeting with police on Thursday, March 10, from 1 to 3 p.m.

 

“During that time, you’re on your own,” said Captain Daniel McNally of the Guilderland Police.

He was referring to the minutes between a 9-1-1 call and the arrival of police. The national average is said to be three minutes, he said, “but I would argue it’s more than that.”

COPsync 911 is intended for life-threatening situations, to silently communicate with emergency responders. Sheriff Craig Apple is the first to test it in New York.

 A student who killed his mother in 2001 planned to attack the high school, the cop now stationed at the school told the board last week during a presentation on safety. This was the first public mention of such an attack, surprising the board president.

Having a police dog sniff student lockers for drugs or having police watch inside the school through cameras undermines the trust that is critical to student learning and well-being.

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