Dear SJUSD Families,
Another tragic school shooting in Santa Fe, Texas has impacted school communities throughout our country. On behalf of the entire district, I extend my most heartfelt sympathy to all those affected by today’s event, particularly the students, staff, and families of Santa Fe and of those in other places that may be reliving some of the feelings by the recurrence of a similar tragedy.
Please remember, in SJUSD, we have high-level safety practices and procedures:
- We regularly practice safety drills.
- We practice and debrief high-stakes emergency situations with support from Hour-Zero Crisis Consulting, Inc.
- Since January 2018, we hosted four Active Shooter Drills with the Riverside County Sheriff's Department.
- We use LobbyGuard visitor check-in at all school sites.
- We have a sound Volunteer process.
- We have school counselors at every school site.
- We have two School Resource Officers and campus security/supervisors that serve all school sites.
- We have our mobile application (app): Anonymous Alerts for reporting valid safety concerns, which is monitored 24/7. Students and parents can use Anonymous Alerts by downloading the app and using Login: sanjacintousd / Password: sanjacintousd. It’s part of our “See Something, Say Something” campaign.
Parents, we are asking you to:
- Support your child(ren) when/if they ask about any school shooting. You can refer them to school counselor(s), and you may also find more strategies to support them at Tips for Parents and Staff for Student Resources.
- Be aware of the Early Warning Signs for Violence and remind other parents to notify administration or school counselor(s) if anyone sees a warning sign, from this linked resource by California Department of Education.
- Review, if necessary, our School Emergency Program, also posted on our website homepage. You may contact Dawn Lawrence, SJUSD’s Emergency Preparedness Coordinator, at (951) 929-7700 x4411.
- Report any concerns you might have regarding threats of violence, self-harm or bullying to your school site principal or other trusted adult. If there is an immediate threat, please call 911 and report. If you know others are too afraid to make this call, please direct them to the Anonymous Alerts app to report their suspicions.
We couldn’t say this enough -- nothing is more important than the safety of your child(ren)! Thank you for partnering with us to ensure the safety of every SJUSD student and staff member.
Diane Perez, Superintendent