- Manhasset Union Free School District
Student and School Safety
The physical and mental health and safety of students remains the highest priority of the Manhasset Public Schools. Wellness education, social and emotional learning and a commitment to building strong character is a hallmark of our program. In concert with this, the district is always looking to improve procedures and the physical plant of our schools to ensure a safe, welcoming learning environment.
New Visitors to the School Policy
In an effort to enhance the safety of staff and students at each of our schools, each building within the school district will be implementing additional security measures based on consultation with the Superintendent’s Office, Nassau BOCES, the Nassau County Police Department, and the Department of Homeland Security.
As such, in conjunction with recently revised Board of Education policy, amendments to our visitor policy will be put into place as of Tuesday, September 3rd, 2019. Please refer to the frequently asked question (FAQ) guide to facilitate understanding of the new procedures.
Frequently Asked Questions:
District-Wide School Safety Plan
The 2019-2020 District-Wide School Safety Plan (as required by the Safe Schools Against Violence in Education law) has been established to provide for the safety, health and security of both students and staff and allows for input from the entire school community. This is a comprehensive planning effort that addresses risk reduction/prevention, response and recovery with respect to a variety of emergencies that may occur in the school district and its component school buildings.
A public hearing regarding this plan was held on June 21, 2019 at the Board of Education meeting. The 30-day period for public comment regarding the plan ensured, and the plan was adopted by the Board of Education on August 1, 2019.
Herren Moves Manhasset Students With Powerful Anti-Drug Story
Former NBA professional basketball player Chris Herren visited Manhasset High School on Jan. 11 to share his remarkable journey from success to addiction to recovery with students in grades 9-12. Herren’s raw and inspiring presentation is part of the district’s collaborative efforts with the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse to offer ongoing prevention and education programs on substance abuse.
Prior to the assembly, Herren met with members of the Student Athlete Leadership Team, commending them for pledging to abstain from drugs and alcohol and for educating sixth-graders of Munsey Park and Shelter Rock elementary schools about the dangers of substance abuse. SALT consists of 10th- through 12th-grade students.
Herren, who has been alcohol- and drug-free since August 2008, shared his own life experiences to enlighten students about the detrimental impact that drugs and alcohol had on his career, family and health. He encouraged students struggling with substance abuse to seek help in friends, teachers and family members and stressed the importance of never letting friends stray off course. Following his presentation, the captivated audience had an opportunity to ask Herren questions about his journey to sobriety.
Concluding the assembly, members of Manhasset’s Key Club presented Herren with a check for $2,000 to support his foundation, the Herren Project. In December, the Key Club held a “Pinned for Purpose” fundraiser in which they sold pins of the district’s “M” logo to students, staff and faculty.
According to its website, the Herren Project is a nonprofit foundation established to assist individuals and families struggling with addiction. The THP Project Purple initiative was launched in 2011 to break the stigma of addiction, bring awareness to the dangers of substance abuse and encourage positive decision making to navigate life’s challenges.
In conjunction with Manhasset CASA and the Manhasset School District, Herren also delivered a second, free presentation that evening to a sold-out crowd of parents, faculty and community members in the high school auditorium.
Security Letter - June 2018
Dear Manhasset Families,
At a recent meeting, the Board of Education voted to support a number of safety and security enhancements based on recommendations from the Nassau County Police Department, BOCES Safety Specialist Peter LaDuca, and the Department of Homeland Security.
These enhancements include:
- Security vestibule construction at the main entrances of the Secondary, Munsey Park and Shelter Rock Schools
- Digital radio communication system upgrades districtwide
- Additional and upgraded exterior and interior strobe lights districtwide
- Door alert systems districtwide
Due to New York State’s approval process, which is required for construction of the vestibules, we anticipate construction to commence in the late fall.
While recent tragedies have raised awareness of school security, it has been an area that the district has focused on and prioritized for years. Nonetheless, the enhancements noted above will complement security enhancements completed over the past few years throughout the district. These include:
- Additional HD cameras, now totaling 274 districtwide:
- Live views; accessible to Nassau County PD as
- High capacity of video footage
- Security Swipe card access for building entry.
- Enhanced visitor screening:
- Video intercom
- Trained district greeter personnel
- Door hardening districtwide.
- Automated lockdown systems with PA and text
- Exterior lockdown alert strobe
- Access to police RAVE notification
- AED upgrades with automated communication to Nassau Emergency
Furthermore, police officers from the Nassau and Suffolk County police departments, the Department of Homeland Security, BOCES Safety Specialist Peter LoDuca, and our building safety teams, are in the process of completing building specific assessments of our procedures, protocols, and our physical plant. This feedback will form the basis for future modifications.
We thank you for your ongoing involvement and support of our schools and will continue to keep you informed of all decisions and developments regarding safety and security in our schools. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 516-267-7705 or contact me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Vincent Butera. Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools
Secondary School hosts Molloy College Health Fair
Manhasset Middle School students learned about living a healthy lifestyle from Molloy College nursing students and health professionals at the Health Fair sponsored by the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse on March 23.
During the all-day event, students had an opportunity to visit a health fair in the school’s gymnasium. It featured a multitude of exhibits focused on health-related practice, including nutrition, exercise, dermatology, stress management, first aid and internet safety.
Molloy students from the Barbara H. Hagan School of Nursing educated students about the dangers of not wearing sunscreen, how to practice mediation and de-stress as well as taught students CPR. Manhasset CASA and the Tobacco Action Coalition of Long Island showed students the dangers of tobacco and vaping. MaryAnn Jones, a certified health coach from Thrive Naturally, encouraged students to drink more water with a display about hydration. Students participated in exercises such as burpees, jumping jacks and push-ups with the help of CrossFit Nine 7 instructor Joe Floria. Lastly, students learned yoga workouts from certified yoga instructor Dani Scialo.
Student-athletes committee to being “All-In”
Motivational speaker Gian Paul Gonzalez spoke to Manhasset High School student-athletes about committing to their academics and athletics.
Gian Paul Gonzalez delivered an inspiring message to students about being “All-In,” explaining that being “All-In” means committing to your studies, teammates and coaches regardless of potential failure.
During his speech, Gian Paul related to the students with past memories of playing basketball in high school and for the NBA. He further explained that when you’re “All-In,” you put forth all your effort regardless of the outcome.
In addition, Gian Paul noted that he shared the same speech with the New York Giants, turning their season around to win Super Bowl forty-six. He also encouraged each student to declare their commitment by signing a poker chip signifying that when you put all your poker chips in the pot during a card game you’re “All-In.”
Concluding the presentation, Gian Paul gave each student a poker chip in the school’s color of blue and orange challenging them to sign the chip and place it somewhere they’ll see it every day, remembering the pledge they took to strive for greatness.
Special thank-you to the Manhasset Community Coalition Against Substance Abuse in conjunction with A Vision in Motion Speakers Bureau and the Manhasset School District, for hosting this motivational presentation for students to excel academically and athletically.
Munsey Park hosts Health and Wellness Week
Munsey Park Elementary School students in the Manhasset School District learned valuable tips for leading a healthy lifestyle during Health and Wellness Week, coordinated by the school’s physical education department.
Throughout the week, students took part in a variety of fitness activities and attended presentations on developing healthy habits such as drinking plenty of water, eating nutritious foods and engaging in physical activity every day. They also participated in the school’s “Living a Healthy Life” poster contest, illustrating and writing about health and wellness topics that reiterated the week’s focus.
To prepare for the weeklong initiative, physical education teachers Keith Connors, Melissa Muller and Jacqueline Williams demonstrated 10 different exercises for students and identified which muscles were being targeted in each one.
Students in grades three to six implemented these exercises during their gym classes, rotating among 10 stations. The circuit included lunges, kettle bell swings and a bench press, among other exercises. Those in grades K-2 enjoyed working out in group fitness challenges such as “crazy cones,” where they completed a specific exercise found at the bottom of the cone. Kindergartners got moving with “gaga ball,” where they had to avoid being touched by the ball or else go to fitness center and perform push-ups, sit-ups and jumping jacks.
Each of the classes concluded with a mindfulness activity. Led by Muller and Williams, the students learned how to channel their breathing and their thoughts before heading back to the classroom.
In light of the week, Connors reminded the students, “It’s important to keep our mind and body healthy, eat nutritious foods and exercise our muscles.”