As you receive your Wednesday communications from your school sites, I wanted to reach out from the District in light of the events in Florida that occurred on February 14th. The heartbreak in Parkland has had a profound impact on every community. Our thoughts are with the families and friends that lost loved ones and those who are injured.
Since the incident, some of our school sites have received inquiries about the safety precautions in place for children in our schools. Student and staff safety is a top priority for all of us.
We were already in the midst of a review of our emergency plans. Our safety plans are reviewed by the school site councils that include representation from parents and staff. Our plans are reviewed and signed by our local law enforcement partners. We truly appreciate the time, input, and support of everyone who has been part of these important processes. Each school site is required to hold regular fire, earthquake, and lockdown drills to provide students and staff practice with procedures. As part of our planned agenda, our School Board discussed the Safety Plans required by SB 187 at the board meeting on Monday night.
We are actively gathering input on our Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP) that includes a goal specific to students being educated in a safe environment.
Our recent local climate survey focused on caring school climates. We encourage students to identify at least one adult on campus that they would feel comfortable talking to if they have a problem. Each school is evaluating their survey results and working to identify additional strategies for their site that will support students in feeling connected and accepted at their school.
In closing, the recent tragedy has understandably prompted emotion and motivated engagement to better understand and determine what lessons we can learn from this incident. In the meantime, the District Office, Principals, Staff, and Board will continue to work together to keep safety at the forefront of our work. Your support, understanding, and assistance in creating safer environments are especially appreciated.
Marla Rodriguez, Assistant Superintendent