A message from the Superintendent

May 24, 2018
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Dear San José Unified Community,

Knowing what to do in an emergency saves lives, and the tragedy in Florida emphasizes the importance of preparation. At San José Unified, we work closely with law enforcement to provide the best possible information and training to our students and staff.  You can support that work by reminding your students to pay attention during emergency drills and that they should feel safe reporting suspicious behavior or activity to you, their teachers, or our staff.

San José Unified monitors the safety and security of our students, staff, and facilities on an ongoing basis. Whenever a tragedy like the one in Florida occurs, we support our community however we can and seek to learn how we may be able to enhance our security systems and protocols. While access to assault rifles is a debate beyond the scope of a local school district, we will continue to explore new avenues to engage in mental health support and emergency preparedness.

Together with social-emotional counselors, external mental health providers, and our own Crisis Support Team, we continue to work to ensure that all of our students and staff are trained and supported in recognizing early warning signs, reporting concerns, and accessing appropriate supports. Our parents and neighbors are essential to this work. If you notice something wrong or sense that something isn’t right, please share your concern with your school principal. The more we know, the better we can support students and families in need.

As we transition to the Winter Recess, please know that the safety and security of our students and staff are always top of mind. Enjoy the time with friends and family, and we’ll see you soon.

Warmest regards,

Nancy Albarrán