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School Safety

At Monticello, we recognize the value and importance of the health, safety and well-being of every student and staff member in the district and we are committed to fostering an atmosphere that supports it.

Providing a safe and secure learning environment is a priority at Monticello Central School District. The district employs numerous measures designed to ensure the safety of students and staff:

  • Video cameras are used on school grounds, in school buildings and buses to monitor activity;
  • Faculty, staff, substitutes, volunteers, and interns are issued ID badges that are to be worn at all times;
  • After buses unload students at a single, designated entry point in the morning, school buildings are locked and monitored by trained staff members. Visitors must use an intercom to state their name and purpose of visit and must show a government issued photo ID* to gain entry to the building;
    *Don’t have a driver’s license? ID cards for non-drivers can be obtained here.
  • The district conducts safety reviews annually to evaluate district and building level safety plans in accordance with New York State Safe School Against Violence in Education (S.A.V.E.) Law;
  • The district conducts fire and emergency safety drills, as well as lockdown and lockout drills annually; and
  • The district also provides a number of resources and programs aimed at protecting student personal safety and preventing children and youth from initiating or engaging in harmful behaviors such as the Dignity for All Students Act (DASA), Extended Day Program, Supportive Learning Environment (SLE) Team, and Positive Behavioral Supports Program.

For more information, contact safe@k12mcsd.net.

Safety Enhancements

On May 21, 2014, Monticello residents approved a $750,000 proposal to expand and improve video surveillance, create secure entries and access points in and out of the buildings, and install door monitoring systems and key-card access to all schools.

Visitor Sign-in Procedures

To ensure the safety and security of all students, employees and visitors to our buildings, the district has implemented strict safety procedures. These are district-wide procedures; all visitors to any building are required to adhere to the outlined procedures listed here.

For more information, click here to read the Monticello Board of Education policies regarding visitors.

Important safety rule: no parking in fire lanes

Visitors are prohibited from parking in areas marked as fire lanes at all school buildings. Parked or standing vehicles may prevent the timely arrival of first responders to the scene of medical or fire emergencies. Leaving a vehicle unattended in a fire lane may hamper emergency efforts. Thank you for helping keep our students and staff safe!  

Safety Enhancement News and Updates

News and updates regarding these security enhancements will be posted here.

Project S.A.V.E.

In 2000, New York enacted the most comprehensive legislative plan in the nation to govern safety and orderliness within N.Y.S. schools. Pursuant to the Project SAVE (Safe Schools Against Violence in Education) regulations:

  • Monticello Central School District has a district-wide SAVE Committee that is charged with reviewing, revising, and/or recommending changes to the Safety Plan to make sure our schools as safe as possible.
  • The district also has School Safety Teams in every building.

Both groups meet several times throughout the year and are comprised of teachers, staff, administrators, school board members, law enforcement, emergency responders, parents, and students.

Child Abuse Hotline Notification

If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online at the Office of Children and Family Services website. 

Safety Plans

  • The District-wide SAVE Committee develops and maintains a comprehensive District Safety Plan that outlines what to do in the event of a natural, criminal or toxic disaster including emergency response protocols and prevention techniques. It is filed with the NYS Education Department. The district plan is public.
  • The School Safety Teams develop and maintain a School Safety Plan outlining evacuation routes, shelter sites, procedures for addressing medical needs, transportation, and emergency notification to parents. The building plan is confidential.
  • Child Abuse Hotline Notification

    If you suspect a child is being abused or maltreated (neglected), report it by calling 1-800-342-3720, a toll-free 24-hour hotline operated by the New York State Office of Children and Family Services. If you believe a child is in immediate danger, call 911 or your local police department. Information about reporting child abuse and maltreatment (neglect) is available online at the Office of Children and Family Services website.