The Windsor Central School District held its 13th annual safety meeting Wednesday, bringing together District officials, elected leaders, students, school personnel and first responders. The group prepared for a number of safety, medical, fire, and facilities emergencies.
Each attendee worked through a pair of scenarios: one common one and one specific to the building they work in or interact with the most.
“It’s an important night to not only go over scenarios, but also get our staff familiar with the first responders they would deal with in the event of an emergency,” said Windsor Central School District Assistant Superintendent for Business Andy Fiorentino.
“It’s important for everyone in the community to come together and work through these different instances in which multiple agencies would have to come together. It’s good to make connections and know names, faces, and roles, so that in case of emergency we know who to talk to,” said Lt. Benjamin Harting of the Broome County Sheriff’s Office.
Since last year’s safety night, the District has implemented a number of security upgrades. The T Pass system allows staff to collect drivers licenses from visitors to cross check against databases before allowing entry into a building. The District has also implemented the Social Sentinel program, which allows people to submit anonymous information through District websites about safety and security.
“I came to see what this is all about,” said Windsor Central High School senior Trista Evans. “The safety of the buildings affects (students) more than anyone else. We’re in them every single day.”
“All of us need to be prepared for an emergency. We need to be organized and know what to do. Seeing everyone here reinforces what a great community we have,” said Town of Windsor Supervisor Carolyn Price.
Everyone at the meeting completed a survey about the District’s approach to safety, including what it is doing well and what it can do better.
“Gathering a large and diverse group of stakeholders allows us to constantly improve, whether it be our procedures, our infrastructure, or quality control,” said Dr. Jason Andrews, Superintendent of the Windsor CSD.