Student, Community and Personnel Support » Safety

Safety

 

Security Initiatives


School Resource Officers

San Jacinto Unified School District values its partnership with San Jacinto Police Department and Riverside County Sheriff's Department. We are proud to work alongside our local law enforcement as we work to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff. 

 

Our School Resource Officers (SRO’S) are one of a kind; they are part of the San Jacinto Difference. They are sworn law enforcement officers responsible for safety and crime prevention in our schools. SROs play a unique role in preserving order and promoting safety on our school campus’.  They assume the primary responsibility for handling calls for service from the school and in coordinating the response of other police resources. Our SRO’s can also serve as a resource for classroom presentations that complement the educational curriculum by emphasizing the fundamental principles and skills needed for responsible citizenship.  They support our schools in a variety of ways including participating in our Annual Toy Distribution, attending parent meetings and sporting events, and participating in many other activities. We are very lucky to have them! 

 

K-9

The district works with Temple 57 K-9 services and conducts random K-9 narcotic searches throughout the school year. 

 

Cameras

SJUSD has increased its camera system to include every school site, District Office, Nutrition Services and Maintenance and Operations. At this time we have over 400 cameras. 

 

Visitor Management System

Every individual visiting a school site is required to sign into a visitor management system with a valid California Identification Card. This system checks a national database to ensure the visitor is not a registered sex offender. 

 

Closed Campus

Each of our school sites are a closed campus school site. This means that there is only one-point of entry into the school during school hours. This allows staff to know who is on campus at any given time. All visitors must check in the front office.  

 

Locked Door Policy

SJUSD will continue with the locked door policy during the 2019-20 school year. This ensures that staff does not waste valuable time locking a door during a crisis. 

 

Frequently Asked Questions: 

DOES THE DISTRICT MONITOR STUDENT SOCIAL MEDIA, COMPUTER USE FOR THREATS OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE OR SELF-HARM? 

Software on District computers used by students is automatically filtered and alerts SJUSD staff to threats of violence and self-harm. The purpose of this filtering is to prevent student access to unacceptable websites and to notify staff of students who may be at risk of self-harm, school violence, and suicide. Each alert is responded to with a threat or suicide assessment so that the student receives the support and services they need to assist them. The filtering is active 24/7 and parents are notified when the system has alerted staff that their child has been identified as a potential for self-harm or school violence. Information regarding student use of District technology can be found in the Parent Handbook. 


CAN THREATS OF SCHOOL VIOLENCE, BULLYING, VANDALISM, BREAK-INS, OR OTHER CONCERNS BE REPORTED ANONYMOUSLY? 

SJUSD has an account with “Anonymous Alerts” to report any concern anonymously to protect students. Anonymous Alerts can be downloaded from the google play store or the apple store. You can also locate a link on each school site webpage.  Or simply click on the button on the right. 


HOW DOES THE DISTRICT OR THE SCHOOL COMMUNICATE TO PARENTS AND COMMUNITY ABOUT THREATS, LOCKDOWNS, OR INTRUDERS THAT MIGHT OCCUR ON MY CHILD’S CAMPUS OR WITHIN THE DISTRICT? 

The District utilizes a variety of methods to communicate to parents and community. They include auto-dialer phone calls to parents and staff, email, text messages for those who have opted into these feature, Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. Please keep in mind that notifications to parent may take some time as we gather information and ensure that students and staff safe. 


WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENCES BETWEEN SHELTER IN PLACE VS LOCKDOWN? 

Shelter-in-Place

Generally, Shelter-in-Place is used during an environmental emergency, such as sever storms or chemical spills.  During a Shelter-in-Place, students and staff retreat to safe zones to seek shelter; if students or staff are outdoors, they return back to the school.  Each school's emergency response plan identifies the safety location for its occupants and how to seal a room from hazardous conditions. Students will not be released or dismissed until the situation is resolved.


Lock-Down

Lock-Downs are usually used in response to acts or threats of violence to students and/or staff directly impacting the school.  During a Lock-Down all doors to and within the school are locked. No one is permitted in or out of any area once it has been locked.  Students and staff must respond very quickly to a Lock-down command to get to a safe location before doors are locked. No one, other than law enforcement, is permitted access to the buildings until the Lock-Down is over.

 

DOES THE DISTRICT EMPLOY ANY SAFETY PERSONNEL? 

SJUSD has the following safety personnel at school sites: 

  • 2 School Resource Officers
  • 21 Campus Security for 3 Middle School and 1 High Schools 
  • 50+ Noon Duty/Crossing Guards for our 7 Elementary Schools
  • Additional personnel is dispatched from the District office to school sites as needed in emergency situations.

WHOM CAN I CONTACT WITH ADDITIONAL QUESTIONS? 

Specific questions about safety and security at your child’s school should be directed to the school’s Principal and/or Assistant Principal. If you have general questions regarding District practices and plans you can call the Student, Community and Personnel Support Department at 951-929-7700.