How local schools prepare for emergencies

3:48 PM, Dec 14, 2012   |    comments
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SACRAMENTO, CA - As word spread of the shooting rampage at a Connecticut elementary school Friday morning, first on the minds of many was the safety of their own children.

News10 checked with local school districts about their safety procedures and here the responses received.

The superintendent of Stockton Unified School District sent a letter to parents, which read, in part:

I want to take this opportunity to remind you that our sites conduct regular safety drills, including those for lockdown, fire, and evacuation. We are fortunate to have our own police force that responds to site emergencies within minutes of getting a call. The SUSD PD communicates and coordinates practices and emergency drills with their sister agencies the San Joaquin County Sheriff and the Stockton Police Department.

As recently as last Tuesday the School Board took action to approve a long list of safety improvements at many of our schools sites. The hundreds of thousands of dollars for these projects will provide new fencing, remodeling front entrances to control entry to our schools among others and will increase safety and security for our school sites.

We require visitors and delivery drivers to check in and long term workers undergo background screening. When you are in a rush and frustrated by the school's check-in and check-out processes remember that it is one of many systems that are in place for you and your child's safety. We train our staff to follow safety procedures and to report suspicious activity. In the coming weeks and months we will work in collaboration with our SUSD PD and local first responders, increasing the frequency and number of our safety and disaster drills in order to sharpen their response skills and build safety awareness.

The Elk Grove Unified School District had its all of its principals send this communication:

Dear Parent/Guardian,

I am sure that you are aware of the terrible tragedy that took place in a Connecticut elementary school earlier today. Our hearts go out to the families, staff and community members impacted by this horrific loss.

Be reassured that the safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Our safety measures, including those related to situations similar to the one that occurred in Connecticut today, are up-to-date. Should you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at the school.

Roseville Joint Union School District Supt. Tony Monetti says all their new schools are built with security as a central focus.

Woodcreek was the first, Granite Bay took the same design and the other schools, except Roseville High School, have been fortified to limit access. 


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