Westchester DA announces formation of School Safety Commission


WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Executive Anthony Scarpino, Jr. has formed the Westchester County School Safety Commission to work with County Executive George Latimer in the facilitation and implementation of best practices to keep students, faculty and staff safe while in schools.
“With a new school year set to begin, the topic of school safety remains a focal point of national conversation,” Scarpino said. “Whether targeted by students, former students, former employees or an individual out to make a statement, it is important for students to be prepared for any event that might put the safety of students and staff at risk.”     
Latimer said children “should only have one thing on their mind entering school each day – and that is learning. If even one child fears for their life just by entering a school building, that is one child too many.”
The new commission will look at ways to complement existing local, statewide and national efforts to address school safety and focus on specific issues impacting schools and college campuses in Westchester County.
The commission will collaborate on how to evaluate and secure buildings in advance of and during an incident; how to communicate with law enforcement, other facilities, families and students before, during and after an incident; learn awareness about the red flags that a person in crisis may be exhibiting; and training teachers, staff and volunteers in those best practices.