Student Safety

  • Parent Info Night - VAPING and SCHOOL SAFETY

    On Wednesday, November 28, 2018, Ballston Spa High School hosted a Parent Information Night.  All parents/guardians, students, faculty/staff and community members were welcomed to attend.  The evening’s program consisted of the following topics:

    1. Vaping/E-cigarettes with Officer Becker, School Resource Officer – This presentation included information on what vaping is, the substances/drugs that can be used in a vape/e-cigarette, the health risks involved, devices students are currently using, what resources are available if your child is vaping and school policies related to student use/possession of a vape/e-cigarette and/or vaping related products.
    1. School Safety with Officer Becker, School Resource Officer and the Saratoga County Sherriff’s Department – This presentation focused on the processes and procedures in place to provide a safe learning environment for all students which will include, but is not limited to, shelter in place, lockout, and lockdown procedures.

    In addition to the presentation on vaping/e-cigarettes at the Parent Information Night, below are two resources that will provide you information on vaping and the school’s policies as they apply to vaping:

    1. A letter from Mr. Gianleo Duca, Principal - Letter from Principal Duca 
    2. Flyer “Vaping 101:  What Every Parent Should Know” - Vaping101 - Parent Information 

    If you have any questions about the Parent Information Night, please contact the Assistant Principal’s Office at (518) 884-7150.  


    Please know that the District is committed to the safety and security of all students and staff.  Please follow the links on the left column of this page to learn more about a variety of school related health and safety topics.

    Parents should be aware of and inform their children to be prepared for additional safety drills to be held in the schools. Although we have been conducting lockdown drills in our schools for many years, regulations require that we have four of these drills in addition to four fire drills prior to December 31 of each school year.

    District wide, we diligently work to keep our facilities secure and safe for our students and staff, and we are proud to have been twice recognized by Utica National with the Titanium with Honors School Safety Award.  Over the past two years, we have conducted mass evacuation drills in collaboration with local, county and state first responders to rehearse protocols and test the responsiveness of our systems.  All agencies involved learn a great deal from these exercises, and we are proud of our cooperative relationships to support the security of our facilities and the safety of our students and staff.

    Each school in the district has a single point of secure access that is staffed and monitored, and entry to the building is only granted through a verification system.  All staff members and visitors are required to wear ID badges, and all visitors are screened and required to provide proper identification upon entry.  We continue to assess and monitor all of our emergency response protocols in collaboration with local law enforcement authorities and first responders as we implement the most up to date safety and security measures.