School Safety and Security Policies and
Hilton Central School
District's Security Department and youth assistants
monitor the safety of the school campus everyday.
The issue of safety and security of students has
taken on new dimensions in the post-Columbine and
post September 11 school environment. New York State
Education Department and the NYS Legislature have
renewed efforts to strengthen safety and emergency
planning on the part of all school districts in the
state as well as increase penalties for crimes such
as calling in a bomb threat to a school.
Preparedness in Monroe County NY
FERPA Guidance on
AMBER Alert - Child Abduction
CODE AMBER The AMBER Plan is a voluntary partnership
between law enforcement agencies and broadcasters to
disseminate an urgent bulletin in the most serious child
abduction cases. The Hilton School District will cooperate
with law enforcement and broadcasters in the case of a child
abduction: Amber Alert. Law enforcement and broadcasters use
the Emergency Alert System
formerly called the Emergency Broadcast System, to air a
description of the missing child and suspected abductor.
The goal of the AMBER Alert is to promptly involve the
entire communities to assist in the search for and safe
return of abducted children. TO REPORT AN ABDUCTION DIAL
NYS Amber Alert Information
NYS Dignity for All Students Act
- NYS Education Department regulation providing all students
with a safe and supportive environment free from
discrimination, intimidation, taunting, harassment, and
bullying on school property, on a school bus, or at a school
Hilton CSD Code of Conduct
[includes Plain Language Version] - The
Safe School Against Violence in Education [SAVE] and Section
100.2 of the Regulations of the Commissioner of Education
require that each school district adopt a written policy on
school conduct and discipline "designed to promote
responsible student behavior." Each year a public hearing
is held in June after which the Hilton Board of Education
re-authorizes a K-12 Code of Conduct. The Code of Conduct
applies to all students, school personnel, parents and other
visitors when on school property or attending any school
Emergency School Closing
Procedure The Hilton School Districtís
automated messaging system, School Messenger, uses
information from the
IC Campus Portal to contact parents and
guardians when there is an emergency school closing.
Therefore, parents/guardians should make sure their
contact information is correct in the system.
The parent/guardian in the childís
primary household will be contacted at their home and cell
phone numbers when there is a school closing, early
dismissal or after school and evening activities have been
cancelled. The information also will be posted to the
district website, Facebook and Twitter pages, and local
media will be notified.
A message is placed on the
district's main telephone number voicemail message,
585-392-1000, as well.
The decision to close school in weather-related situations
will normally be made no later than 6:30 a.m. in most cases,
prior to the school buses being sent on the road. Most TV
and radio stations carry school closing information. When
schools are closed for weather-related conditions, all other
activities including interscholastic sports; YMCA Child
Care; sports practice, athletic events; Aquatic Center,
student activities; Community Education; and
community-related classes and activities may be cancelled.
Cancellation information is included on the 585-392-1000 message
for the day.
Early Dismissal . . . Have a
Plan in Place and Be Sure to Communicate this to your
Children In the event of an early dismissal
of students during the school day due to loss of power, loss
of water, or other emergency situation, there are procedures
in place to transport students home. Each year parents indicate a
course of action to be taken on the Emergency Closing
Data Card which is completed for all K-6 students, and
updated every year for grades 7-12. This will assist you and
the schools in making appropriate plans for each child.
Please take this opportunity to talk to your child. Make
sure your child knows where to go in your neighborhood if
the parent or caregiver is not at home.
County NY Emergency Management - The
County Office of Emergency Management [OEM]
executes the County plan for civil defense and disaster
relief before, during and after any type of natural or
man-made disaster or a wartime situation. In accordance with
State Executive Law 213, the office develops and maintains a
comprehensive emergency management plan to include
preparedness, response and recovery. It plans and
coordinates with government and non-government agencies for
rapid response in an emergency, and assists towns and
villages in the preparation of their emergency response
plans. Staff develops, maintains, and practices an emergency
response plan in case of an accident at the Ginna nuclear
NY-Alert -- disaster preparedness, travel information, terrorism
alerts and highway closings, etc. across New York State.
U.S. Federal Emergency Management Agency
Mental Health Crisis Intervention
-- services available in Monroe County, NY.
New York Stateís Sex
Offender Registry The NYS Sex Offender
Registry helps protect families and communities by requiring
sex offenders to register, and providing this information to
law enforcement and the public. Sex offenders are
classified by risk level: Level one (low risk); Level two
(medium risk); and Level three (high risk). Web page:
Level Three Sex Offender Registry
Penalty for False Bomb Threat
to Schools As of
1999, NYS made it a Class E felony for anyone to issue a
false bomb threat directed toward a school in New York
State. This law also includes the crime of falsely
reporting an incident of an explosion, fire, or the release
of a hazardous substance. Individuals convicted of issuing
a bomb threat face felony criminal prosecution, as well as a
one-year suspension of their driver's license. Persons may
face youthful offender or juvenile delinquency
adjudication. This new law directs that any bomb threat or
falsely reporting an incident unrelated to school grounds is
now a Class A misdemeanor. Related legislation was passed
permitting municipalities, fire districts, and other
emergency service providers to seek restitution costs
associated with their response to a bomb threat on school
grounds. The legislation allows for up to $10,000 in
restitution to be paid by any individual convicted of
reporting a false incident or bomb, and up to $5,000 to be
paid by the parents of a child who makes a false report.
Parents may make a hardship application to the Court for
judgments over $500. This law took effect in July 1999.
Hilton CSD Policy Manual -
contains Code of Conduct, etc.
Student Right to Privacy
Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act - A
Federal law that protects the privacy of student education
records, providing certain rights to parents [or students
age 18 and older], to review the records, request amendments
and give permission to share student information.
The Hilton School District and Board of Education
continually review practices and procedures from the
perspective of building safety and security; student
management; and presence of security personnel. The
Hilton Board of Education approved a policy for using video
surveillance in school buildings.