Please know that the District is committed to the safety and security of all students and staff. Please follow the links on the left column of this page to learn more about a variety of school related health and safety topics.
Parents should be aware of and inform their children to be prepared for additional safety drills to be held in the schools. Although we have been conducting lockdown drills in our schools for many years, regulations require that we have four of these drills in addition to four fire drills prior to December 31 of each school year.
District wide, we diligently work to keep our facilities secure and safe for our students and staff, and we are proud to have been twice recognized by Utica National with the Titanium with Honors School Safety Award. Over the past two years, we have conducted mass evacuation drills in collaboration with local, county and state first responders to rehearse protocols and test the responsiveness of our systems. All agencies involved learn a great deal from these exercises, and we are proud of our cooperative relationships to support the security of our facilities and the safety of our students and staff.
Each school in the district has a single point of secure access that is staffed and monitored, and entry to the building is only granted through a verification system. All staff members and visitors are required to wear ID badges, and all visitors are screened and required to provide proper identification upon entry. We continue to assess and monitor all of our emergency response protocols in collaboration with local law enforcement authorities and first responders as we implement the most up to date safety and security measures.
The Ballston Spa School District’s District-wide Safety Plan was developed pursuant to Commissioner’s Regulation 155.17. The District-wide Safety Plan serves as the framework for individual building-level responses at the Ballston Spa School District. The Board of Education appoints a District Level Safety Team at the July Organizational Meeting of the Board each school year.