Concept of Operations

The District-wide School Safety Plan is directly linked to the individual Building-Level Safety Plans. Protocols reflected in the District-Wide School Safety Plan will guide all Building Level Safety Committees in the development, continuous review, and implementation of Building-Level Plans. Building-Level Safety Committees must recognize that a complete copy of their plan must remain on-file in both the District’s Incident Command Center as well as Designated Building Level Command Centers. Updates will be provided annually, at a minimum, in order to update the District’s Command Center copy.


Building Level School Safety Plans Your Building Level Safety Plan is to be treated as confidential information and may NOT be released to the public. Outside inquiries relating to your Building Level Plan will be directed to the Building Principal.

 

Building Principals are directed to take a pro-active stance in their Building Level School Safety Committees as well as in the continued development of their Building Level Safety Committees and Building Level Plans.


In the event of an emergency or violent incident, a pre-designated Incident Command Center will be established at the District Level, as well as the Building Level. This Incident Command Center will be the area where all concerned will expect to find the Incident Commander and his team, and where both external and internal communications lines will be established. It is expected that the school’s Building Response Team (BRT) will act as first responders to the incident area. Building Response Team members will be identified within the Building Level Plan.


It is important for each Building Level Safety Committee to continually assess its threat levels, expected response strategies, and loss control. This will ensure that when a threat or accident occurs, everyone will know there is a response strategy, or action. Threats can be alarming statements or behaviors that give rise to concern about subsequent violence all the way through levels of terrorist activities. The components of a threat assessment are, but are not limited to:

 

The Building-Level Threat Assessment Team:

The Building Level Threat Assessment Team will be assembled, as needed, by the building principal, to assess the credibility and needed response to threats against physical property, personnel, or good order and discipline, which is expected at all times throughout our School District. This building-level team is normally comprised of Building Administrators and personnel from the Building-Level Safety Committee. The team may be assembled when threats have been received, on a post incident basis in order to collect data to safeguard against future threats of a similar nature or to review current response options.

 

The District Level Threat Assessment Team

District Level Membership

 Superintendent

 326-1193

 Assistant Superintendent for Instruction

 326-1154

 Superintendent of Buildings & Grounds

 326-1194

 Assistant Superintendent for Administration

 326-1144

 

Local Law Enforcement Agency Representatives

 Middletown Police Department

 343-3151
 Wallkill Police Department

 692-7846

 State Police - Middletown Barracks

 567-0052

 FBI – Goshen Office

 615-1720

 

Middletown – City of

 Director of Emergency Management

 346-4100

 

Building Principals

 High School   326-1534
 Twin Towers  326-1631
 Monhagen  326-1679
 Maple Hill  326-1741
 Presidential Park  326-1850
 William A. Carter  326-1711
 Truman Moon  326-1780

 

Note: Others may be added, as the Superintendent deems appropriate, for the situation under review.

 

Nature and Scope: Our Threat Assessment Team must evaluate the nature and scope of threats or incidents that should or should not invoke the direct involvement of the Team. [Redacted]

 

Determination of Actions: It is the responsibility of all employees and students of this District to report all threats, substantiated or not, to the attention of the Superintendent of Schools, via the appropriate Chain-Of-Command, who will determine any further actions as appropriate or necessary.

 

Collection of Information: Information developed from the investigation of threats or accidents will be recorded and filed by the Buildings & Grounds office to preserve a history of threats and coordinate this data as necessary.

 

Cooperation with Other Authorities: The Enlarged City School District of Middletown will cooperate with all law enforcement and school authorities as necessary in the assessment of threat evaluations and development of response strategies.

 

Threat Considerations: When a threat has been substantiated, the Threat Assessment Team must consider the costs and benefits of providing increased protection to threatened persons or property. In the event of threats against students or personnel, possible actions may include transferring potential victims to other schools or providing them with additional means to signal distress, such as cell phones or emergency transmitters. Other actions that may be considered could include, requesting additional police patrols, security personnel, lockout, lockdown, video monitors, etc.

 

Accident Considerations: In the event of a major accident, the District Threat Assessment Team must consider actions to be taken to protect personnel, students, and property from further incident. Actions to consider may include those as defined under threat considerations or others as may be determined by the Team.

 

Victim Notification (Threats): Once a threat has been evaluated and determined, potential victims will be notified by appropriate means as soon as possible.

 

Victim Counseling (Threats): Appropriate Administrators will counsel potential victims about known options available to them. An example might be to recommend a restraining order. The potential reactions of the offender(s) should always be considered. Additional security precautions should be considered if the offender is likely to respond negatively to the intervention chosen, especially during the period immediately following the initial application of that intervention.