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Director of Security


Mission Statement:

The West Babylon School District’s Safety and Security Department’s role is to ensure a safe, and secure educational environment for all students, faculty and staff. We understand that students learn best when they can attend classes in a secure and welcoming environment. Our security staff and administrators have been trained in building emergency responses, CPR, first aid, automated external defibrillator (AED), EpiPen and Narcan use and Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) response. We work collaboratively and take a proactive approach to all concerns. Many of our security officers have a background in law enforcement and have been instrumental in enhancing our safety and security practices.

 

If you have any questions or concerns, please visit the See Something Say Something section of this webpage.

 

~ Dr. Yiendhy Farrelly, Superintendent of Schools

~ Mr. Shawn Hanley, Assistant Superintendent for Human Resources

~ Mr. Edwin Salas, Security Director

 

Measures Taken to Improve School Security

School safety and security is a top priority for all of us. Our security director facilitates monthly meetings with local security directors and law enforcement to discuss topics of concern in the region. As communicated in letters to the community, as well as articles within our district newsletter, we have enhanced our safety procedures districtwide by assigning a security officer to all five elementary buildings. Both the junior and senior high have a security officer and a paraprofessional assigned to the main entrance of the building for the monitoring of visitors. In addition, the junior high and high school have additional security guards who monitor the interior and exterior of the building. Building and district emergency teams participate in ongoing safety and security training sessions. We continue to emphasize the importance of keeping all exterior doors closed and/or monitored. Ongoing district and building meetings and drills with Suffolk County Police Department’s 1st Precinct representatives are held to highlight and identify ways to address safety concerns.

 

Throughout this school year, and into the future, we will work collaboratively to enhance our school safety procedures. At this time, our security director and one of our security guards (both former New York City detectives) are completing risk assessments in our buildings, which will focus on ways we can continue to strengthen them. Whether it be through the addition of door ajar systems, additional cameras or an increased security presence, our goal is to assist our building administrators in providing a secure educational atmosphere for our students and staff members.

 

Once we receive approval from the New York State Education Department, we will install a double door secured vestibule system in all buildings as well as one-push panic buttons throughout our schools. We are also considering adding alarms and door ajar systems to certain exterior doors to discourage students from using them as exit points.

 

Despite these many enhancements, we must always remain vigilant. We encourage all parents and guardians to speak to your children to review steps that should be taken if they are confronted by strangers. Unfortunately, despite all of our security enhancements, strangers may approach our children near our schools or close to our homes. Please remind them that at all times (while walking alone or in a group setting) they need to be alert for suspicious individuals and to quickly contact the police, or school authorities, if they have any concerns.

 

As always, if you have any concerns or suggestions, please feel free to send an email or reach out to any one of our administrators. Click here for a list of district phone numbers.