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Comments sought on Fredonia schools’ safety plan

Fredonia Central School is doing a state-mandated annual review of its district safety plan.

District employees Amy Piper and Tim Kachelmeyer gave a presentation about the plan at the Fredonia board of education’s Sept. 24 meeting.

They said the last significant revision of the plan was in October 2016. It was put together with help from district faculty and staff, the Fredonia Police Department, New York state troopers and SUNY Fredonia safety officers, and Piper said all of those entities will be consulted about any possible changes.

The plan covers how the district deals with evacuations, bomb threats and other “critical incidents” such as a tornado warning. It describes where and how parents must pick up their children in each situation.

An overview of the plan is available on the school district website. Piper said the full plan is not on the website due to security concerns. “Anyone outside the district is not privy to the plan,” she said.

Piper showed board members the flip charts that each teacher has in his or her classroom. When an emergency occurs, the teacher flips to the tab that corresponds to the type of incident happening, where a chart describes responses to that particular situation as laid out in the safety plan.

Piper said this year’s plan should be ready for a board vote at its first meeting in November. The district is formally accepting comments from the public on the plan until Oct. 26, though it has received unofficial feedback from district residents for some time.

The Fredonia Board of Education usually meets on Tuesdays, but its next meeting was switched to Thursday, Oct. 10. The meeting time is still 6 p.m. and it will still take place in the high school library.

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