Student Safety


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Davis Joint Unified recognizes that the issue of student safety is not something we face alone, nor something we can fully address in isolation. To strengthen our safety net, we need our community’s support to identify risks and find ways to implement improvements in a timely manner.                          


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 Emergency Situations at School document 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.

Emergency Communication Drills
Each fall, DJUSD conducts a TEST of our Emergency Communications System (SchoolMessenger) for each school site.  If you are a parent/guardian or an emergency contact for a student, a TEST message will be sent to the phone numbers, emails and mobile text numbers for each student.  The purpose of the TEST message is to ensure that our parent community understands how, and in what form, they will be notified in the event of a real emergency and to identify gaps in emergency contact data that can be addressed in advance of an urgent event.
 
DJUSD Alert/Info Phone Number
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

Language Translation Testing

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 with Spanish, Mandarin, Korean or Japanese home language (selected at  the time of registration within our school district) shall receive a translated messages.  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 communications@djusd.net.

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 Emergency Text Alerts.

The use of texting for general (non-urgent) school notifications is being piloted at Marguerite Montgomery Elementary School in the 2017-18 and 2018-19 school years. Analysis of this practice is underway to inform future policy.
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.