The New York Comptroller’s Office announced it is conducting school safety audits for school districts in the state.
The office says the audits will determine whether the district is doing enough to ensure schools have adequate and up-to-date safety plans in the event of a school shooting or major emergency.
“The epidemic of deadly school shootings in the past few years and the terror wrought in our children’s classrooms is horrifying. Sadly, every school district in New York and across the country has to plan for the unthinkable,” State Comptroller Thomas DiNapoli said. “My auditors are going to examine if the laws and programs New York has in place to keep our children safe in schools are being followed. We need to do everything we can to prevent senseless tragedies.”
The audits will examine the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) Act that promotes a safer and more effective learning environment in schools. Part of the act requires schools to implement comprehensive safety plans, including policies and procedures, safe evacuation plans, communication in emergencies, emergency responder access to building plans, and school violence training prevention training.
Audits will begin in June.