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FCSD increases safety, security opportunities

The Fulton City School District's recent Armoured One training has helped increase situational awareness for potential school- or district-wide dangerous/hazardous scenarios.
Superintendent Brian Pulvino said the skills and strategies the staff at Armoured One provided are applicable in many scenarios, which can universally be used to address high-stress situations.
"Anytime we talk about this topic, it's not something people necessarily want to talk about and it brings up a lot of emotion," he said. "With that, you reflect on how you would handle in those situations."
That is exactly what all FCSD staff members were able to do on Dec. 11 when Armoured One (Syracuse) offered ways to help them get into the “mindset of a survivor.” Pulvino said information learned parallels practices and procedures already implemented throughout the school district.
Together, employees and students of the district have been educated on, and completed drills, based on preventative measures to ensure the health, safety and security for all. Further development of positive relationships with students can help with the de-escalation of an issue when he or she has an established, trusted relationship with an adult, according to FCSD Director of Facilities, Operations and Transportation Al Crump.
“A lot of the people who find themselves in trouble will often gravitate or befriend a custodian or another unlikely person in school to confide in,” he said.
Pulvino said by developing those positive relationships with students, district staff members could better notice changes in behavior and then communicate that with the appropriate school personnel. Those efforts, combined with the district’s Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports initiative, working with local law enforcement, paying attention to social media pages and other sources have all been helpful to address student needs, he said.
The district already utilizes various drills to teach and re-teach how to appropriately respond in various emergency situations. Pulvino said all of those will continue to support FCSD’s preparedness initiatives.
“All of these tools could help our students and staff be as safe and secure as possible,” he said. “We also have to take reports seriously and investigate them to address the maters head on.”
After the Armoured One training, FCSD staff was encouraged to self-reflect and provide administration with additional feedback. Upon receiving all feedback, and given the Armoured one scenarios and suggestions, Pulvino said the district will then determine its next steps. That may include additional Armoured One training opportunities. The district will also further enhance its safety and security protocols with the inclusion of both the Raptor and NaviGate Prepared systems.
 

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FULTON CITY SCHOOL DISTRICT
Brian Pulvino, Superintendent
129 Curtis Street
Fulton, New York 13069
Phone: (315) 593-5500


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