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Chancellor Banks: 200 new safety agents to enter NYC schools Thursday, with hundreds more expected as year continues

NEW YORK — For many, safety shall be high of thoughts when New York City college students head again to college on Thursday.

CBS2’s Elijah Westbrook has more on an announcement from Chancellor David Banks and what academics, dad and mom and college students can anticipate.

“I hope everyone had a great summer,” Banks stated Wednesday.

Summer break is coming to an finish for the more than 1 million public college college students. Banks spoke with CBS2 about what the new year will seem like when it comes to preserving everybody out of hurt’s manner each inside and out of doors the classroom.

“In partnership with the NYPD, and we meet with them regularly, a newly graduated class of approximately 200 school safety agents will enter our schools on the first day of school,” Banks stated.


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By the top of the college year, the chancellor says town is expected to tack on as many as 750 new agents to the three,100 who’re positioned in schools already.

Their roles shall be each stopping and stopping any violent scenario that will happen within the constructing. For the primary time, the officers will work at early childhood facilities.

In conjunction with the agents being introduced onboard, a new push notification messaging system is taking impact Thursday that may alert households of an emergency and different essential updates.

“Many of you may recall what happened in Sunset Park and when that incident happened, the schools that were located near the incident, were frantic. The parents of the children in those schools were frantic. And many of them had to wait to hear what was going on, on the news,” Banks stated.

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The chancellor stated he desires to put households in a position the place they do not have to depend on different retailers to know what is going on on.

There’s additionally an emotional part to the Department of Education’s effort to maintain college students protected. It has been introduced that more than 100 centrally staffed social employees will transfer to superintendents’ places of work to help college students. Their work will assist youngsters throughout and after the college day ends.

“This really takes a team effort. We call it the village and everyone has to come together to ensure our school communities are safe,” Queens Borough President Donovan Richards stated.

Banks stated all doorways shall be outfitted with locks and alarms, aside from the entrance doorways to college buildings. They shall be monitored by safety agents.

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