Resources and References
Attendance - School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
Contact: Anna Rodriguez, Vanessa Skewes, or Martha Gutierrez 951-929-7700 ext. 4261
The district conducts home visits, has School Attendance Review Teams (SART) and School Attendance Review Boards (SARB) to address attendance issues. San Jacinto Unified also participates in District Attorney Mediation when district intervention processes fail to result in improved attendance.
Child Protective Services (CPS) Reporting
CPS is the major system of intervention of child abuse and neglect in California. Existing law provides for services to abused and neglected children and their families. The CPS goal is to keep the child in his/her own home when it is safe, and when the child is at risk, to develop an alternate plan as quickly as possible.
When a referral is received, the social service staff obtains facts from the person making the referral to determine if the referral alleges abuse, neglect, or exploitation. The Emergency Response staff determines if an in-person response is indicated. Whenever a report indicates the need for protection, CPS will: accept the case, intervene in the crisis, if required, apply Family Preservation and Support Services for some families, assess or identify problems, gather facts and clarify the problems, plan and provide services, set goals, identify resources and time frames, document the case, terminate the case or transfer it to another program.
Community members have an important role in protecting children from abuse and neglect. If abuse is suspected, a report should be filed with qualified and experienced agencies that will investigate the situation. The California State Child Abuse Reporting Law provides the legal basis for action to protect children and to allow intervention by public agencies if a child is being abused.
If you suspect that a child has been, or is in danger of, abuse or neglect, contact: The police or county sheriff, or the county Children’s Protective Services 24-hour emergency response phone. (800) 442-4918
Student Support works with multiple agencies throughout Hemet and San Jacinto to address the needs of youth and families. Outreach includes:
- Hemet/San Jacinto Interagency (meets every other month)
- Family-to-Family- supporting member of CPS initiative
- Mental Health Collaborative
- Partnership with Valley-Wide Outreach
- School Community Policing Partnership
- Stopping the Aftermath of Violence Effectively (SAVE)
The Riverside County Office of Education operates an elementary and secondary school for students who are not able to attend San Jacinto USD schools due to disciplinary actions or difficulties with law enforcement.
951-929-7700 ext. 4268
Vacant, District Nurse, ext. 3459
Kim Dewald, District Nurse, ext. 3578
Hillarene Griffin, District Nurse, ext. 3384
Health Services develops and maintains a broad program of health education and services that protects, maintains, and enhances the health of students. The district nurses strengthen and facilitate the educational process by identifying and remediating health-related barriers so that students can learn. Services include:
- Coordination of health care for students
- Child growth and development instruction
- Mandatory screenings (audio, visual, and scoliosis)
- Medical and First Aid procedures
- Specialized health care procedures
- Participation, coordination and implementation of specialized student health plans
- Staff and Student training
Homeless Students Contact- Carla Adame or Anna Rodriguez, (951)929-7700 ext 4223
The term homeless children and youth mean individuals who lack a fixed, regular, and adequate nighttime residence. This definition also includes:
- Children and youth who are sharing the housing of other persons due to loss of housing, economic hardship, or a similar reason
- Children who may be living in motels, hotels, trailer parks, shelters, or waiting for foster care placement
- Children and youth who have a primary nighttime residence that is a public or private place not designed for or ordinarily used as a regular sleeping accommodation for human beings
- Children and youth who are living in cars, parks, public spaces, abandoned buildings, substandard housing, bus or train stations, or similar settings, or
- Migratory children who qualify as homeless because they are children who are living in similar circumstances listed above
Homeless students are entitled to be enrolled in school even if unable to provide proof of residency, immunization records or tuberculosis skin-test results, school records and legal guardianship papers. Homeless students may participate fully in all school activities and programs for which they are eligible, continue to attend the school in which they were last enrolled even if they have moved away from that school's attendance zone or district, receive transportation from the current residence back to the school of origin, qualify automatically for child nutrition programs (free and reduced-price lunches and other district food programs), and contact the district liaison to resolve any disputes that arise during the enrollment process.
Safe & Drug-Free Schools and Tobacco- Use Prevention Education
Vanessa Gomez, Ed. D. 951-929-7700 ext. 4314
SJUSD can provide resources in the area of alcohol/drug prevention, anti-bullying, positive choices, and other prevention programs. Students and families can be referred to resources on campus and off-campus to support tobacco, alcohol and other drug prevention.
School Resource Officers
Deputy Dunlap: Serves San Jacinto High School, Mountain View High School
Deputy Bunn: Serves North Mountain and Monte Vista Middle Schools and all elementary sites
Safe School Plans
Each school develops a comprehensive safe school plan, including annual revisions with input from school staff, community members and law enforcement. Safety Inspections - Each school site undergoes a thorough safety inspection each year. In addition, the District Safety Committee, which consists of an administrator from each site and representatives from the District Office, manages safety improvement suggestions. Included in each school’s comprehensive Safe School Plan are any school-developed strategies or safe corridor maps for safe ingress and egress of pupils, parents, and school employees to and from school. Copies of each school’s plan is available electronically from this link:
Each school in the San Jacinto Unified School District is part of a School Emergency Response Plan that specifies procedures including, but not limited to, dealing with fire, flood, earthquakes, acts of violence, hazardous materials, disaster recovery and student accountability following a significant emergency or disaster. Emergency drills (evacuation, drop-cover-hold, lock-down, etc.) are conducted regularly throughout the school year, and each school site maintains an emergency bin of basic survival necessities. For more information on emergency preparedness, contact school principals.