Yonkers parents, school leaders gather for presentation on school safety and security
Yonkers parents and school leaders came together Monday night for an important presentation on school safety and security.
Parents got to hear from Altaris, which consults with the district on safety.
The company says it works with over 350 public and private schools in 68 districts across five states.
A company rep spoke about the work that's already been done, including an assessment of the district's emergency management process. That involved site visits, interviews with key personnel and some training.
He says what's next is more training, a review of the assessment and an update on the district's emergency plan.
It comes as schools across the state have become targets of swatting calls.
Yonkers' Gorton High School was one of 36 New York schools targeted with false threats about two weeks ago.
There's also the fear of school shootings, fresh in some parents' minds after the Nashville school shooting also just a couple weeks ago.
Robin Brumfield, president of the Yonkers Council of PTA, says that’s one reason why it's important to have PTA meetings.
“You have to hear from your parents. You have to hear from your admin, from your students, to make sure you're doing and presenting the info that's effective in your district and in your schools,” Brumfield says.
Parents also heard a presentation on mental health and substance abuse.
Brumfield says that will help parents know how to best handle any issues they may notice in their kids.