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School safety

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Here you will find information on the programs, workshops and services offered by the UFT’s School Safety unit as well as relevant forms and contact information.

Our mission is to ensure that your safety and rights are protected and to help you cope with the aftermath of an incident as you begin the recovery process and resume your professional responsibilities.

Safety and incident reporting

If you know of a safety incident, report it! The UFT has an online reporting system to make it easier for members to report threats to the safety and security of staff and students. Accurate reporting is the first step in creating a safe environment in every school. Read more »

Under Article 10B of the UFT-DOE contract, you have the right to file a safety complaint over violations of the school safety plan. Read more about filing a safety complaint »

What do we do?

  • Safety workshops
    We offer workshops on safety planning, the Chancellor’s Regulations on safety, the Student Discipline Code and other topics.
  • School safety planning
    We assist educators in developing school safety plans.
  • Victim Support Program
    The Victim Support Program, co-sponsored by the UFT’s School Safety unit and the DOE, provides psychological support and practical assistance for staff members who are victims of workplace violence. All services are free and completely confidential.

The Department of Education has released new, updated versions of the Student Discipline Code:

Contact us

If you need assistance concerning an incident in your school, please call the UFT safety and health representative in your borough office:

Respect for All

The Citywide Standards of Discipline and Intervention Measures prohibits harassment and prohibits students from bullying other students for any reasons, including taunting and /or intimidation through the use of epithets or slurs involving: race, color, ethnicity, national origin (which includes groups of students of common ancestry, heritage, background or those from the same country), citizenship/immigration status, religion, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation or disability. This policy is in effect on school grounds, school buses and at all school sponsored activities, programs and events.

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