Letter From Chancellor - Safety Letter

The safety of everyone who enters our school buildings is always our highest priority and responsibility. Every threat to a school community is taken extremely seriously and we work closely with the NYPD to investigate threats made to any school community. If your school is named in a specific threat, please call 911 immediately and 1-888-NYC-SAFE. Additional supports will be deployed to the school if needed. In addition, please see attached best practices when dealing with school threats from the Office of Safety & Youth Development. 

Safety and security are a community responsibility, and we encourage schools to have conversations with their students about responsible social media use and the consequences of making threats. Schools and families can find information about digital citizenship on the DOE webpage. Any social media posts or challenges involving threats or actions of violence against school communities will not be tolerated. Threats of violence have very real consequences regardless of the reason the threat was made, and we do not want our young people to jeopardize their bright futures over social media challenges such as these.

If you or your child witness any suspicious activities on social media, please call 911 or notify a trusted adult if at a school. We are committed to continuing to closely monitor this matter.

Thank you as always for everything you do to keep our school communities safe, and please do not hesitate to reach out to your principal.

 

In partnership, 

Meisha Porter 

Chancellor, New York City Public Schools