Student Safety

Erin's Law - Update March 1, 2022

In August 2019, New York State became the 37th state to sign Erin's Law into legislation. New York State's law, (Chapter 187 of the Laws of 2019) - known as Erin's Law - requires public schools to teach child sexual abuse and exploitation prevention classes to students in kindergarten through eighth grade. Erin's Law is named for Erin Merryn, an abuse survivor and activist against child sexual abuse who as advocated for similar laws nationwide for over a decade. Erin's Law is intended to help children, teachers, and parents in New York State schools identify sexual abuse, and to provide awareness, assistance, referral, or resource information for children and families who are victims of child sexual abuse. In Summer 2020, work was completed with organizations that researched, developed age-appropriate grade bands, and found multiple resources to help school districts develop curriculum and useful lesson plans to implement Erin's Law.

New York State Education Department has published an Erin's Law FAQ as well as curriculum and useful lesson plans for educators.

>>Erin's Law | New York State Education Department

Student safety is our first priority. We define school safety as schools and school-related activities where students are safe from violence, bullying, harassment, and substance use. School safety is linked to improved student and school outcomes. In particular, emotional and physical safety in school are related to academic performance.

>>Click here to view the 2021-2022 District-Wide Safety and Emergency Response Plan

The Elmira City School District takes great efforts to protect the privacy and security of your student’s data and personally identifiable information.

Click here for the Privacy of Student Data Parent Letter

Schools can play a vital role in the prevention of violence through preparedness, education and training; however, they need help from the entire community in this effort. In partnership with Chemung County, every school has a School Resource Officer on staff. Our SROs are experienced, retired police officers from the area who have a vested interest in the safety and futures of our Elmira community. On top of ensuring safe environments, a goal of these officers is to interact with students in a positive manner on a daily basis. SROs often assist with counseling, crisis management, as well as provide education to students on how to become productive members of this community.

School safety is the job of the entire school community. This effort requires leadership and coordination by school administration, and involvement and participation from all sectors of the school community. Planning, conducting drills and participating in exercises with law enforcement, fire, emergency officials and other members of the school community ensures a comprehensive, unified approach to school emergency response planning. Building relationships and community engagement are vital to building a safer school community.

School Resource Officer Reading to First Grade Classroom