What You Can Do About School Safety

Date Posted: 
Monday, February 26, 2018
We want to take a moment to update you on actions being planned across the country to address safety concerns in our schools.
Below is a list of planned events around the country for the coming weeks:
  1. March 14th - The Women's March has announced a National School Walkout.  The idea behind this day is that school communities will walk out of their schools for 17 minutes to honor the lives lost in Parkland.
  2. March 24th - Students from around the country led by the students from Parkland will converge on Washington DC and other local areas to call for an end to gun violence against our students and educators on school campuses.  This is truly a day of student voice and NYSUT will be working on ways to elevate the voice of students. More information on the march, including the launch of sister marches in other cities, can be found at here
  3.  April 20th - NYSUT is supporting the National Day of Action against Gun Violence in Schools.  This day will have communities across America engage in actions that will bring attention and force changes necessary to end gun violence in our schools.  This day might include a day of community service, a town hall meeting with students and elected officials or even in-district meetings with your members of Congress.  The list of coalition partners continues to grow showing the interest on the ground to take a stand against gun violence.  We are encouraging locals to design the event or action that works best for you.  More information is available on our website.
Questions have arisen about what educators can and cannot do to support the emerging student movement.  The following legal advisory from the NEA addresses those questions.  If you intend to participate in or encourage student participation in any activity during normal working hours that would be considered a disruption and impact the way in which the school day would normally operate, that must be done in coordination with the district administration.  Otherwise, members are at possible risk of a Section 210 violation and/or disciplinary action, as their well-intentioned protest actions could be considered an illegal strike under the state's Taylor Law.  Please feel free to reach out if you have any additional questions.

The BSCTA is currently engaged in ongoing dialogue with administration regarding the issues of safety throughout the district.  In order to make things safe for our students and our members, it is imperative that you share any relevant information regarding safety concerns with the building reps, the Executive Board and the members of the disciplinary committee in your building. Please rest assured that our job is to protect you and make sure that you have the tools to do what is needed for our students and ourselves.  If you have any specific ideas as to how to address school safety concerns for our district, please email us at bscta1@gmail.com


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