Resources and References
Attendance - School Attendance Review Board (SARB)
Contact: Maribel Torres or Anna Rodriguez 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 timeframes, 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
Student Assistance Program
This district-wide Student Assistance Program connects students and families to existing support systems and services. Connect to Achieve is required for students who have been suspended for violence and/or alcohol and other drugs.
Any student, family member, or concerned friend can contact Connect to Achieve to set up an appointment to meet with a counselor. Other services include:
Assisting families in transition
Parent Training and Workshops
Crisis Support Team
Vanessa Gomez-Lee 951-929-7700, ext. 4314
The SJUSD Crisis Team, comprised of psychologists, counselors, district nurses, and Student Support Staff, provides immediate and ongoing support to school sites during and following a crisis. The Crisis Team also works with community partners, such as Mental Health, Hospice, and Valley-Wide, to provide support to students and staff.
Custodian of Records
Student Support provides ongoing support to parents, students and schools to ensure compliance with state and federal laws concerning access to student records.
San Jacinto Unified School District is a district that has adopted the Developmental Assets model. Developmental assets are positive experiences and personal qualities that young people need to grow up to be healthy, caring, and responsible individuals. This movement affects the culture of the district, the climate of every school, and defines how adults interact with all young people. Our goal is to connect every San Jacinto student with an adult in a caring, genuine and respectful relationship. It is through those relationships that Developmental Assets can be built, resulting in higher levels of student success and reduced incidents of at-risk behavior.
The 40 Developmental Assets developed by the Search Institute, are divided into 20 internal assets and 20 external assets. The external assets are the positive experiences young people receive from the world around them. They identify important roles that families and schools can play in promoting healthy development. The internal assets are about positive values and identities, social competencies, and commitment to learning. Internal assets help young people make thoughtful and positive choices and, in turn, be better prepared for situations in life that challenge young people.
San Jacinto USD students are expected to follow all school rules, procedures and regulations. Failure to do so will result in progressively severe consequences including: verbal warning, parent contact, lunch or after-school detention, Educational Adjustment Center, removal from extra-curricular activities, conference with parents, suspension and expulsion. When possible and appropriate, discipline processes are joined with behavioral support services such as conferences, meditations, phone calls, counseling, tutoring as well as referral to district programs and community agencies. When student behavior is such that expulsion becomes a consideration, Student Support supervises that process. In doing so, Student Support considers and balances the needs and requirements of the student, the school, the district and applicable laws. Student Support also provides a variety of counseling and support resources to assist students and their families during and after the expulsion process.
Student Support guides the family and school through the expulsion process. When a behavior is such that expulsion is considered, a meeting with school administration, a Student Support administrator, student and family is held to investigate the matter and to determine whether a recommendation for expulsion is appropriate. If a recommendation for expulsion is made, a hearing before the SJUSD Board of Education is scheduled within 30 school days. During this period of time the student may be required to attend their home school, another SJUSD school or to remain out of school on an extended suspension.
Student Support also chairs the committee that recommends reinstatement of an expelled student to the SJUSD. Students who have met all the conditions of their expulsion orders are recommended to the SJUSD Board of Education for reinstatement. If conditions have not been met, a review of the case may be scheduled for a later date. Students expelled from other districts must also seek reinstatement through this process.
Foster Youth Services:
Foster Students: Contact –Anna Rodriguez or Maribel Torres (951)929-7700 ext. 4261
Foster Youth Services (FYS) programs provide support services to foster children who suffer the traumatic effects of displacement from family and schools and multiple placements in foster care. FYS programs have the ability and authority to ensure that health and school records are obtained to establish appropriate placements and coordinate instruction, counseling, tutoring, mentoring, vocational training, emancipation services, training for independent living, and other related services. FYS programs increase the stability of placements for foster children and youth. These services are designed to improve the children's educational performance and personal achievement, directly benefiting them as well as providing long-range cost savings to the state.
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- Maribel Torres 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
Neil Rosen, District Counselor 951-929-7700 ext. 4312
Provides curriculum and programmatic support in the area of alcohol/drug prevention, anti-bullying, positive choices, and other prevention programs. This program also provides for counseling through Connect to Achieve and other district as well as community resources.
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.