Student well-being and school safety remains our first priority. In partnership with the Lake Elsinore Teachers Association and the Superintendent’s Office, a new School Safety Ad Hoc Committee and work group (SSAHC) was recently established.
The SSAHC work group will examine school safety needs for preventing, mitigating, and recovering from acts of violence. Members of the work group include principals, teachers and district administrators.
The work group held its first meeting in February. Their current focus is on facilities safety, behavioral and mental health supports, communications protocol, and effective training outcomes. The recommendations of the Federal Commission on School Safety Final Report, published in December 2018, are also being examined.
Using surveys and other data, felt needs regarding school safety among students, parents/guardians, LEUSD employees and community members will be assessed and incorporated into SSAHC findings and recommendations.
The SSAHC work group will develop independent recommendations in a draft white paper to be published in May 2020. The draft white paper will be interactively discussed through public outreach presentations to LETA members, parents, students, and community stakeholders. The white paper will be finalized in June, and presented to LEUSD’s Board of Trustees for consideration.
Board President Heidi Matthies Dodd stated, “Through a collaborative effort, the goal is to guide and inform the district’s safety policies, safety practices, and safety investment to protect those we serve.”