New York City Schools Chancellor David C. Banks announced that the Department of Education (DOE) has a new comprehensive plan to reimagine school culture as well as student safety.
The new plan aims to utilize community and city-funded resources to ensure all students are physically and emotionally safe in their schools.
“When a parent kisses their child goodbye in the morning, they trust that their child will be both emotionally and physically safe at school,” said Chancellor Banks on Sept 7. “This administration is prioritizing the reimagining of our commitment to supporting the whole child from the day they enter our schools to the day they graduate.”
The new plan will be focusing on prioritizing both physical and mental wellbeing in schools.
This includes hiring additional School Safety Agents, working on enhanced safety trainings for principals, assistant principals and building response team leaders in the case of an emergency, increased real-time communication as well as conducting a comprehensive city-wide safety assessment.