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Safety

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Site-Specific Comprehensive Safety Plans

Maintaining a safe environment is critical to success and is everyone's responsibility.  This means school and district staff work towards ensuring that grounds and buildings are safe.  We believe that our students have a right to learn in a safe environment.  This year DJUSD has undergone a thorough process to update and align all site-specific comprehensive safety plans.  California law requires each school to maintain a comprehensive safety plan to ensure a coordinated approach to school safety and each year schools are asked to revise and approve the plan. Parent/guardians can review the safety plan by making an appointment with the principal at the student's school site.

 

Emergency Drills

One of the most crucial parts of our safety planning is emergency drills.  Every fall and spring each school site hosts a Safety Week where students and staff engage in crisis-like scenarios which may include fire drills, mock evacuations and/or lockdown drills.  Staff is trained, students are informed and the school community can remain calm as we set the right tone for what to do in the event of a real emergency.  Information for parents can be found in the School Emergencies Parent Guide [School Emergencies Brochure - Parent.docx] [Spanish] which provides information to parents regarding what students and staff will be doing during a drill, and the role of the parent in a crisis.

 

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Since 2014, DJUSD has instituted a TEST of the Emergency Communications System (SchoolMessenger) for each school site in the fall.  If you are a parent/guardian or an emergency contact for a student, you will receive a TEST message via email, phone alerting you to the fact that your student is safe, but participating in an emergency drill at school.  The message will remind you that we are testing our Emergency Communication System and it is incumbent on you to keep emergency contact information up to date with your school site.  We hope that receiving a communication drill message will make you feel more connected to our safety preparation.  Please talk to your school site and share your feedback.

                                   Important Changes for the 2016 Year

  • ALERT PHONE NUMBER:  In 2016, all emergency and important automated school communications sent through our SchoolMessenger system will come from the number 1877-539-7855.  If you call back this number, you are able to access any recent messages sent to you.  We encourage you to save this number in your Contacts or Caller ID as DJUSD Alert/Message . In this way, you will recognize when an emergency alert or important message is being sent to your phone.
  • SPANISH LANGUAGE TRANSLATION TESTING CONTINUES:  In 2016, in an effort to reach emergency contacts for students who do not speak English, DJUSD is testing a language translation software to be used in emergencies. When some school sites run their test, student profiles designated as “Spanish home language” (selected at  the time of registration within our school district) shall receive a translated messages in Spanish –We apologize that the system’s translation may not be always produce flawless Spanish grammar, but the purpose of this TEST is to simulate an emergency when these translation functions may be used to disseminate  time sensitive information to emergency contacts. If you feel that the translated message that you received is not understandable or appropriate to use in an emergency, we would appreciate your feedback. Please provide your feedback to your school site or directly to our Office of Public Information at mclayton@djusd.net. 
  • SPANISH TRANSLATION: If the Testing of the LANGUAGE software proves useful and viable, DJUSD will use the translation software during actual emergency broadcasts to contact specified emergency contacts for students with Spanish as a home language designation. 
  • TEXTING:  Our school district now utilizes the SchoolMessenger system to deliver text messages, straight to your mobile phone for urgent school alerts if you choose. Emergency text alerts will be part of centralized Emergency Communications and will be sent only to parent/guardians who opt-in to the service.  Learn more at School Emergency Alert Text Messaging

 

Law Enforcement Collaboration

DJUSD has clear and coordinated safety protocols.  DJUSD collaboration with law enforcement and emergency responders occurs through our Davis Police Department Liaison officer (also called our SRO or School Resource Officer) and our District Safety Coordinator.  These individuals are dedicated to our campus security, also play a key role in acting as helpful resources to students.  They are present on campus and are approachable and integrated into the fabric of our schools.

 

Facility Safety

DJUSD maintenance and operations crews prioritize school safety.  It is an ongoing job to ensure that necessary installation, repair and replacement of fire alarms and bells, door locks and window coverings occur when and where the needs arise.  Our crews are diligent about meeting those critical needs.

 

Other Preventative Efforts

While much has been done, we know there is always more to do.  We continue to confront difficulty nursing shortages.  As such, we have increased our staffing to 4.0 positions for our 8600+ students.  We have boosted our elementary counseling and mental health resources and will continue to closely monitor needs.  This year, DJUSD is expanding training for staff on restorative practices and how to work with students in the event of a traumatic event.  All of these efforts have been done to ensure that our schools are safe places for students to learn.

 

Gun Safety

Throughout our country there continues to be news reports of children bringing guns to school, and many times the child has obtained the weapon from his/her home.  These incidents can be prevented by storing firearms in a safe and secure manner including keeping them locked up when not in use and storing them separately from ammunition. In addition, California law makes a person criminally liable for improper storage of a firearm.  Additional information can be found on the memo from our Superintendent and by reviewing AB 424.  Thank you for helping to keep our children safe at home and school.