Safety & Culture

In Glens Falls City Schools, we value the health, safety, and well-being of every student and staff member. 

In the wake of recent school shootings, Glens Falls administrators have redoubled efforts to strengthen the security of district buildings — and those efforts continue today. Some of the recent safety enhancements include:

  • At Jackson Heights, card swipes were installed at additional exterior doors for more controlled access to the building, and some interior doors were replaced with doors containing smaller glass panels to limit accessibility to intruders.
  • At Kensington, three windows were replaced with units that allow for emergency egress.
  • At Big Cross, the main office entrance was modified so that visitors can no longer walk into the office without checking in.
  • At all schools, red lights were installed at each front entrance. The lights will flash when a school goes into a lockdown or lockout situation, alerting people outside the building that they should not try to enter.
  • At the Middle and High Schools, Glens Falls Police officers are on hand for arrival and dismissal daily. Officers also perform daily building walk-throughs, on a randomized schedule.

Our efforts persist as we work together to provide a safe, positive and stimulating environment for our students, through the use of emergency drills, staff trainings, and continued review of protocols for building security.