Vallone and City Council Introduce Legislative Package to Create School Security Task Force

Recent tragedies have sparked a nationwide conversation on school safety. On Tuesday, the City Council sparked the shift from conversation to action with the introduction of Council Member Vallone’s bill which will create a School Security Task Force. The task force will meet quarterly to take a top to bottom look at school safety throughout New York and make recommendations. The NYPD Commissioner shall serve as Chair of the task force and will be joined by the Chancellor of the Department of Education (DOE) and the Director of the Office of Criminal Justice. They will also be required to seek input from at least one DOE teacher, one DOE employee such as a guidance counselor or social worker, and one parent of a student currently enrolled in a NYC public school. The task force will report its recommendations to the Mayor and Speaker of the City Council annually.

This bill was introduced as part of a ten bill legislative package which outline the responsibilities and scope of the recommendations that the task force will make. The ten bills include:

  1. By Council Member Vallone: A Local Law in relation to creating to a school security task force.
  2. By Council Member Vallone: A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review emergency communication technologies at schools.
  3. By Council Member Vallone: A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review emergency preparedness at nonpublic schools.
  4. By Council Members Matteo and Vallone: A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review the optimal security presence at schools.
  5. By The Speaker (Council Member Johnson): A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review NYPD, DOE and community collaboration on school emergency preparedness.
  6. By Council Members Brannan, Matteo, Torres and Rose: A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review a public notification for school emergencies.
  7. By Council Member AmprySamuel: A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review safety protocols for students experiencing a mental health crisis.
  8. By Council Member Constantinides, Van Bramer and Treyger: A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review evacuation plans and emergency response protocols at schools.
  9. By Council Members Rose and Cabrera: A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review infrastructure security technologies at schools.
  10. By Council Member Menchaca: A Local Law in relation to requiring a school security task force to review emergency preparedness training for school personnel.

“As a result of our call for greater school security, we are proud that the Council is moving forward with this package of legislation that will take a hard look at the state of school security as it exists in every school, and what we can do to improve it,” said Council Member Paul Vallone. “In the end, you can’t put a price tag on our children’s safety and I’m proud to introduce this important legislation with our Speaker Corey Johnson and my colleagues.”

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