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School security guards: How to register

Posted on July 20, 2016

Security Guard Reimbursement for Nonpublic Schools

Local Law 2 of 2016 authorizes the City of New York to reimburse qualifying nonpublic elementary and secondary schools for the cost of certain security guard services. New York City released its Final Adopted Rules for the program. Each nonpublic school with an enrollment of more than 300 will receive a letter directing them to “prequalify” online using the HHS Accelerator. If you need assistance using HHS Accelerator, you can register for training or contact the HHS Accelerator Helpdesk once you have logged into the system.

Do not delay. After completing the HHS Accelerator you will be contacted about signing a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU). A qualified nonpublic school will not be eligible to apply for reimbursement for any security services until an MOU has been signed by the school and registered with the Comptroller. Only expenses incurred after the signing of the MOU will be reimburseable.

If you are currently using a security guard provider they will have to register with the city in order to be an approved company. Click to the Frequently Asked Questions for more information.

 Training: AcceleratorAssist

To sign up for training, select a date below based on the status of your organization’s account with HHS Accelerator. Registration is required to attend trainings.

If you can’t make a training, you can watch a video or read a guide. Or if you would like individualized assistance, contact us.

Upcoming Trainings

Getting Prequalified in HHS Accelerator (webinar)
This session is designed for organizations that are getting started in HHS Accelerator.

The session covers an overview of the system, how to upload and share documents, guidance on completing the HHS Accelerator Application to become prequalified.

Friday, August 12, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Friday, August 26, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Getting Prequalified in HHS Accelerator with On Site Support
AcceleratorAssist creates a space for providers to receive individual attention on the HHS Accelerator System and the process to get prequalified.

The session begins with an overview of the Prequalification Application and then providers are allotted a generous amount of time to work in the system with guidance from Accelerator staff. Registration is required.

Wednesday, July 27, 2016 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 3, 206 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 17, 2016 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM
Wednesday, August 24, 2016 9:30 AM – 12:00 PM

Competing for Funding Using HHS Accelerator System (webinar)

This session is primarily designed for pre-qualified organizations. Users whose organizations have applications which are nearly complete and are interested in specific upcoming procurements may also participate.

The session covers how to find Request for Proposals and submit proposals.

Tuesday, August 2, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Managing Financials, Budgets, Invoices and Payments in HHS Accelerator (on site)
This training is only for organizations that use HHS Accelerator Financials.

The HHS Accelerator Financials module allows you to electronically submit budgets and invoices for review, start budget modifications, request advances and assignments, and track payments. This comprehensive session will provide you with an overview of each of the system’s capabilities. Please note this training is only for Providers who have been selected by their Agency to use HHS Accelerator Financials. Registration is required.

Thursday, July 28, 2016 2:00 PM – 4:00 PM

Submitting Budgets in HHS Accelerator (webinar)
This training is only for organizations that use HHS Accelerator Financials.

This shorter session is designed for organizations who will be submitting budgets in HHS Accelerator for fiscal year 2017. This session covers how to submit budgets, advances and budget modifications in HHS Accelerator.

Tuesday, August 23, 2016 2:00 PM – 3:00 PM

Submitting Invoices in HHS Accelerator (webinar)
This training is only for organizations that use HHS Accelerator Financials.

This shorter session is designed for organizations with Approved budgets in HHS Accelerator that are ready to use HHS Accelerator Financials to invoice. This session covers how to submit invoices in HHS Accelerator and track payments.

Tuesday, July 26, 2016 10:00 AM – 11:00 AM

  • Prevailing wage. People have inquired how to determine the “prevailing wage” in the HHS Accelerator. Prevailing wages are set by the New York City Comptroller and can be found on p. 19 in this document. For those who want the 2016-2017 answer instantly:


For the period: 7/1/2016 – 12/31/2016: $14.30 (hourly wages) + $5.04 (supplemental benefit rate per hour)
For the period: 1/1/2017 – 6/30/2017:   $14.40 (hourly wages) + $5.22 (supplemental benefit rate per hour)

  • Guidelines for hiring a security contractor. This ADL publication raises a number of important issues. Remember, security guard companies on the NYC approved list are required to submit information on their financial resources, technical qualifications,experience, record of performance and record of business integrity. They also must comply with NYS requirements such as licensing and background checks.


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