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Superintendent's Safety Message

Dear Parents and Friends,

Please know that we take all necessary precautions to ensure the safety of the students and staff in our schools. Each Commack school has emergency plans that encompass any urgent situation that may arise. Each building principal heads an emergency response team and has developed a course of action for every contingency. A permanent Internal Security Review Committee meets regularly to review District safety and emergency procedures. Night and roving patrols are also assigned in and around our schools.

Practice makes perfect, and every school conducts practice drills. Sheltering drills, fire drills, bus drills, and go-home-early drills are necessary so that everyone will know what to do should a real situation occur. Our principals, teachers, and staff are trained to conduct these practice events in a calm and reassuring manner.

We are committed to protecting the safety of the children in our care. It is important to talk with our children about safety issues, and review personal safety practices with them. Please consider using the safety tips here as a conversation starter.

In order to be fully prepared in the event we need to contact you, we need your help. It is very important that your child’s school office receive current contact numbers (home, work, cell phones) in case of an early dismissal or emergency situation. You can update that information very easily by filling out the Student Change of Data Form. As always, up-to-the-minute information will be posted on the Commack School District website if an emergency arises, as well as notification through both our Email Notification System, and parent calling/texting/email system (Parent Portal). Please make it a priority to update your contact information.

In planning for your home security needs in the event of an emergency, we have a wonderful resource available to you on our website, a printable guide: Commack's Emergency Planning Brochure. In addition, Commack Middle School has been designated as a shelter by the Red Cross in the event of an emergency.

As always, if you have any questions or concerns about your child's emotional health, please feel free to contact your school's psychologists, social workers, or counselors. We have a dedicated team of professionals ready and willing to assist you. Do not hesitate to contact your child’s building principal or school nurse should you have questions about our emergency preparedness.

Sincerely yours,

Dr. Jordan Cox
Superintendent of Schools

Security in Our Schools:

Incident Specific Security Matters:

  • Our staff (administrative and security) work directly with the police and a security firm specializing in educational facilities to address major incidents;
  • We engage in hourly/incident specific security protocol reviews and make "real time" adjustments; and
  • We engage in a daily complete review process to determine where adjustments need to occur moving forward.

Daily Security Matters:

  • We employ numerous security officers of whom the vast majority are retired law enforcement officers;
  • All of our security personnel receive State required training and certification;
  • We staff every school with security officers during the school day and in many cases well into the evening;
  • We have hundreds of security cameras in our school hallways, outside of each school, and in some parking areas and playgrounds;
  • We have a central monitoring station for all video surveillance cameras that is manned 24 hours a day, 7 days a week; and
  • We have been working diligently to enhance our security protocols district-wide (more stringent screening of visitors, new door locking systems, additional surveillance cameras, additional guards, additional training for staff, etc.).

As always, the safety and security of students and staff is of the utmost importance, and we are doing everything in our power to assure that all are safe and secure. 

Helpful Links:

Items to Include in an Emergency Preparedness Kit:

  • One gallon of water per person per day stored in a clear plastic container
  • Non-perishable food
  • First-aid kit and prescription medicine
  • Extra Clothing
  • Blankets/Sleeping Bags
  • Hygiene Products
  • Important papers (ID, credit cards, cash)
  • Extra set of house keys and car keys
Contact Information
By Mail:  P.O. Box 150, Commack, NY 11725
By Phone:  (631) 912-2000
By Email: [email protected]
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The Commack School District Mission Statement
Within the context of a caring community of learners, our primary mission is to provide an exemplary
learning experience that will allow each child to acquire the necessary knowledge, skills, attitudes, and
values to become a successful, contributing member within our school community and greater society.
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