These important memos have been shared by NYSED with school administrators. They are available on the NYSED website and the NYSCSH website under NYSED Guidelines and Memos. We encourage you to read them and share with your colleagues as appropriate.
State Education Commissioner Elia and A.G. Schneiderman Offer Guidance To Help Ensure Schools Are Safe Havens For Learning
This letter to school districts from NYS Education Commissioner MaryEllen Elia and NYS Attorney General Eric T. Schneiderman offers guidance and resources on how to ensure schools are safe havens where students are free to learn without fear of discrimination, harassment or intimidation directed toward students and employees as a result of their race, ethnicity, religion, immigration status, disability, sexual orientation, gender identity or any other basis. 11/18/16
Regulatory Changes Pertaining to Child Protective Services Workers Conducting Interviews of Children in Schools
Provides requirements for school districts and charter schools to provide access to a child, and certain information to representatives of Child Protective Services (CPS), or members of a multi-disciplinary team accompanying a representative of CPS who may be required to provide photographic employment or government issued identification. 11/29/2016
Information for Schools Regarding Opioid Overdose Prevention Programs
Provides information on NYS laws which allow schools to provide and maintain opioid antagonists (naloxone) on-site in each instructional school facility for student or staff experiencing symptoms of opioid overdose, NYSED/NYSDOH training program for school personnel to implement an Opioid Overdose Prevention Program and how to obtain free naloxone. 11/29/2016