Safety

Many procedures and expectations are put in place to keep all who come to the East Rochester School campus safe and in good working condition. Surveillance cameras are placed throughout the district to assist local police, fire department, other emergency responders and the school community with the detection of circumstances that may go array in order for us to better protect everyone on our campus.

The role in school safety is a role we all have. Therefore, everyone is asked to please take the responsibly of keeping our community safe and report to Building and Grounds Director Jose Correa or a trusted adult any unusual observations or concerns that you may have. In addition please follow the drills and procedures as planned to avoid any unsafe situations for your safety and the safety of others.

Below you will find some standard procedures that are put in place to help keep those on campus and our first responders safe.

Emergency Preparedness

The East Rochester School District regularly conducts emergency response drills in conjunction with our local first responders. Each drill is reviewed and analyzed for better efficacy in the event of a real emergency.

A fire inspection of all East Rochester School buildings takes place annually to detect any potential hazards. The last fire inspection report was completed in February 2015. A complete report is available for review at the Buildings and Grounds Office.

School Closing, Late Arrival, Early Dismissal

School closings, late arrivals, and early dismissals are decided upon the anticipated impact of an emergency on the safety of students and staff. Road conditions, predicted amount of snow, clearing of sidewalks, temperature, wind-chill, and power-outages are all factors to consider when determining the need for these executive decisions.

After consulting with town officials, police, and the weather bureau, decisions will be made in a timely manner. If there are changes in scheduled activities it will be posted on the school website, local radio and television stations will be notified, and student guardians will be informed through the district’s automated communication system. In the event school was not closed, please take the extra precautions among your families and on the campus to stay safe.

Safety Data Sheet (SDS)

Safety Data Sheets, formally known as Material Safety Data Sheets (MSDS), are intended to provide comprehensive information about chemical management for use in the workplace. SDSs should provide a clear description of the data used to identify a substance, mixture, hazards, composition or ingredients, first aid measures, fire-fighting measures, accidental release measures, handling and storage, exposure to and personal protection, physical and chemical properties, stability and reactivity, disposal information, and more.

Knowing the name and being familiar with many of the chemicals utilized by the staff in our district is important not only to the person using the chemical but also to everyone around. Therefore, everyone is directed to read labels before the use of any chemical.

  1. If further information is needed, you have several options to obtain the SDS of any specific chemical by the following;
    Go online through the teacher’s portal and click on the SDS icon. You will be directed to a page where you will type in the chemical’s name and search.
  2. You may type in the web browser’s address bar http://www.msdsonline.com/msds-search/ or you may simply click here.
  3. To have an SDS faxed to you contact MSDSonline at 1-888-362-7416. There is someone available at all times. Please have the following information on hand when calling; product name, manufacturer name, your fax number, product code (optional). When asked who your employer is – Genesee Valley BOCES – this is for all school districts.

Radon

In compliance with New York State Education Department Uniform Safety Standards for School Construction and Maintenance Radon testing was completed in February 2014 of all occupied structures in the East Rochester School District. The reported results indicate all radon levels in the district's buildings tested are below the United State Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) action level of 4.0 picoCuries per liter of air (pCi/L). All test results are available for further review at the Buildings and Grounds Office.

Required Notifications
  • PESTICIDE APPLICATION: As required by state law, the East Rochester Union Free School District maintains a list of those who wish to receive 48-hour written notification of certain pesticide applications at the schools. If you wish to receive notification of pesticide applications scheduled to occur in or around a school building, please call José C. Correa at 248-6310 or e-mail him at jose.correa@erschools.org. If you are on the list, you must notify the district each year if you wish to continue to be notified. Notification is not required if a school remains unoccupied for a continuous 72-hour period after an application. Also, there are several pesticide applications which are not subject to prior notification. If an emergency application is necessary to protect against an imminent threat to human life, a good-faith effort will be made to provide written notification to those on the 48-hour prior notification list.
  • ASBESTOS INSPECTION: The East Rochester Union Free School District, in compliance with federal law AHERA, has inspected and developed a management plan for its buildings with building materials containing asbestos. The required three-year re-inspection was completed in January 2016; the required six-month re-inspection was conducted on July 20, 2016.The inspection reports are available for review at the Buildings and Grounds Office (in the district office); contact José C. Correa at 248-6310 or e-mail him at jose.correa@erschools.org for more information.