Safety & Security


We recommend you register with Notify NYC to receive information about emergency events.


Schools train and drill all staff and students in the General Response Protocol, which describes what to do in an Evacuation, Shelter-In, or Lockdown. The training is tailored for different grade levels so that students aren’t upset by the information.

Schools also send home a copy of the General Response Protocol, to help you talk to your children about emergency readiness in school.

The General Response Protocol gives schools instructions to follow when an emergency happens. It uses common language to identify the steps to take until first responders arrive.

Learn more about the general response protocol.


The Citywide Behavioral Expectations to Support Student Learning. It:

  • Is age-specific with one set for grades K-5 and another for grades 6-12.

  • Explains the standards for behavior in the New York City public schools.

  • Describes supports, interventions, and disciplinary responses that schools can use when students demonstrate unwelcome behavior.

  • Explains how you can appeal decisions.

Visit the DOE Website to learn more.