Office of Safety and Youth Development

Lois Herrera

Chief Executive Officer


The mission of the Office of Safety and Youth Development is to help schools to create and maintain a safe, orderly and supportive school environment for students.  School safety, climate and culture have a profound effect on students' academic achievement and behavior. 

To support students in their academic and social growth and promote positive school climate and culture, OSYD works with clusters and networks and directly with schools to:

• Establish and implement integrated safety, discipline and intervention policies and procedures;
• Promote respect for diversity; and
• Take a proactive role in nurturing students' pro-social behavior by providing students with meaningful opportunities for social emotional learning.

Student Cell Phone Policy Update:

Beginning Monday, March 2, students will be able to bring their cell phones, computing devices, and portable music and entertainment systems to school. Every school has established its own school-based cell phone policy. Students who bring a cell phone to school must use it only in accordance with their school’s cell phone rules. 

Parents and families should contact their principal or parent coordinator for information about their school’s specific cell phone use and confiscation policy.

On February 25, the Panel for Educational Policy passed new Chancellor's Regulation A-413, which establishes student use of cell phones and electronic devices in school.  

Areas of Focus:


Key Links for School Staff:

•   School staff members who need additional information can visit the Principals' Portal
Safety and Youth Development pages, as well as the OSYD School Portal. hkljkljd
OSYD Web Applications include the Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS), School Safety Plan (SSP), and Suspensions and Office of Hearing Online (SOHO).
The OSYD Wiki offers resources and online support for OSYD Web Applications.

Non-Discrimination Policy:

It is the policy of the New York City Department of Education to provide equal educational opportunities without regard to actual or perceived race, color, religion, creed, ethnicity, national origin, alienage, citizenship status, disability, sexual orientation, gender (sex) or weight and to maintain an environment free of harassment on the basis of any of these grounds, including sexual harassment or retaliation. 

Questions regarding Title IX compliance should be referred to Victoria Ajibade, Esq., Title IX Coordinator, 65 Court Street, Room 1102, Brooklyn, NY 11201, Tel: (718) 935-4797 or email View the Department of Education’s Anti-Discrimination Policy here.