Nearly six in 10 superintendents in New York said their schools are safer today than they were a year ago after the Newtown school shootings, according to a survey by the state School Boards Association released today.
Fifty-nine percent of superintendents who responded to the survey said they believed their schools were “more safe” than they were a year ago. The one-year anniversary for the school shootings is Saturday.
Another 40 percent said their districts were equally as safe as they were one year ago, and less than one percent said their schools were less safe.
A plurality of superintendents, 47 percent, said the most effective security measure in making schools safer would be the addition of school resource officers, security guards or added police presence. But just 42 percent of superintendents said they could afford them.
“We were all shocked and saddened by the school shootings that occurred at Sandy Hook,” said NYSSBA Executive Director Timothy Kremer in a statement. “This survey shows that schools have either stepped up their security measures since Sandy Hook, or they already had measures in place to ensure that students are safe. While no one can guarantee safety, we at least know that schools are doing everything within their means to protect children.”
Schools most frequently adopted new emergency response plans, the survey found. About 57 percent of superintendents said their districts installed buzz-in systems at school entrances, or added security cameras or police.
The survey was conducted Nov. 8-18 with 200 responses – about 28 percent of the 725 districts in the state.