SAFE SCHOOLS: Preventing School Violence NYS Mandatory Training

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1. The Safe Schools Against Violence in Education (SAVE) legislation, enacted in 2000, requires a comprehensive approach to the prevention of school violence. This law requires those who are seeking educational certification in New York State to complete a 2-hour violence prevention training course. Additional Violence Prevention training must be included in the Superintendent's Conference Days annually.

  a. True.

  b. False.

2. The SAVE legislation incorporates which of the following domains:

  a. Public health, ecological and legal/regulatory.

  b. Education, public health and mediation.

  c. Education, legal/regulatory and environmental.

  d. None of the above.

3. Classroom management is facilitated through all the following components of the SAVE legislation EXCEPT:

  a. Codes of Conduct that identify for student behavior.

  b. Authority is provided to teachers to remove disruptive or violent students from the classroom.

  c. Silent Resignations that allow teachers to resign rather than disclose child abuse.

  d. District-wide and School Building Safety Plans that delineate procedures for intervening in violent or disruptive behavior, including plans for coordination with law enforcement and mental health professionals.

4. A potential individual risk factor for violent behavior in students is

  a. A strong positive bond with family or another adult.

  b. Involvement in drugs, alcohol or tobacco.

  c. Resilient temperament.

  d. Adults in community involved in criminal behavior.

5. Peer/Family Protective Factors include all of the following EXCEPT:

  a. Association with delinquent peers.

  b. A strong positive bond with family or other adults.

  c. Adults who set clear standards for behavior and those who show the benefits and consequences of behavior.

  d. Perceived parental expectations about school performance are high.

6. Community Risk Factors for potential violent behavior include:
  • Diminished economic opportunities;
  • High level of transiency;
  • High level of family disruption;
  • Low levels of community participation;
  • Socially disorganized neighborhoods;
  • Poverty;
  • Availability of drugs and firearms;
  • Neighborhood adults involved in crime;
  • Exposure to violence and racial prejudice.

  a. True.

  b. False.

7. Policies and procedures for the management of threats of violence and acts of violence are uniform throughout each School District, as Districts must develop a Comprehensive District-wide Safety Plan. Additional policies and procedures are required, per the District-wide Safety Plan component of the SAVE legislation, to address specific prevention strategies such as conflict resolution and peer mediation, for example, as well as:

  a. Policies and procedures for contacting family and law enforcement.

  b. Protocols for responding to bomb threats, hostage taking, intrusion and kidnapping.

  c. Training on early detection of potentially violent behaviors and developing strategies to improve communication among students and between students and staff.

  d. All the above.

8. In contrast to the District-wide Safety Plans, the Building Level Emergency Response Plan addresses the management of crises that occur in the school building, including:
  • Designation of an emergency response team;
  • Policies/procedures for safe evacuation of the building, including evacuation routes, shelter sites, addressing medical needs, transportation and emergency notification to parents/guardians;
  • Implementation of an Incident Command Center (ICS) with coordination to Statewide Disaster Mental Health Plan and internal and external communication systems.
  • Procedures to conduct drills and exercises to test the plans and review the plans.
  • Policies/procedures for securing the crime scene.

  a. True.

  b. False.

9. In the SAVE legislation, penalties for assaults on teachers were:

  a. Increased from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D misdemeanor.

  b. Decreased from a Class D felony to a Class A misdemeanor.

  c. Increased from a Class A misdemeanor to a Class D felony.

  d. Decreased from a Class D misdemeanor to a Class A misdemeanor.

10. Data must be collected in order to evaluate the effectiveness of violence prevention strategies. In regard to the Uniform Violence Reporting component of the SAVE legislation:

  a. Data must be collected in a systematic and unbiased manner.

  b. Consistency in approaching the prevention of school violence requires that each person within the school environment follow the policies and procedures outlined in Safety Plans.

  c. All acts of violence must be defined and must be specific in order for the response to violence to be applied evenly throughout the system.

  d. All of the above.

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