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Carranza urged to ensure NYC schools are prepared for mass shootings


New York City Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza (Nina Cochran/for New York Daily News)

City Council members are calling on Schools Chancellor Richard Carranza to make sure every public school is prepared in the event of the unthinkable — a mass shooting.

“It is alarming to know that erroneous, outmoded and untimely safety plan submissions are prevalent in our school system,” Council Majority Leader Laurie Cumbo and 27 of her colleagues wrote in an Aug. 16 letter.

They cited a recent audit of 25 city schools from state Comptroller Tom DiNapoli that found faulty door alarms, dysfunctional radios and “school safety plans” plagued with errors.

The plans are required by a nearly 20-year-old state law, the SAVE Act. But DiNapoli’s office uncovered plans with “outdated and missing information.” In once case, a report at an unidentified school had the wrong number for its main phone line and incorrect info about key personnel.

The audit also faulted the city for allowing safety plans to be submitted up to two and a half months after classes start, though they are supposed to come in every year on Sept. 1.

“We urge you to put measures in place to mandate compliance with the SAVE Act and guarantee that New York City schools file timely, accurate and comprehensive safety plans,” the Council members’ letter states.

Asked for comment, the city Department of Education insisted “our schools are safe.”

“Each year every school building submits an individualized safety plan that is reviewed and certified by the NYPD and exceeds state requirements," DOE spokeswoman Miranda Barbot said in a statement.

"Principals are also trained bi-annually on emergency readiness, and we’re implementing several of the Comptroller’s recommendations as schools develop their plans this year.”

The NYPD seconded the DOE’s remarks.

“The NYPD works with all city schools and every school building has a comprehensive safety plan in place,” spokeswoman Sgt. Jessica McRorie said in a statement.