Safety/Emergency Preparedness

SAFETY PLANNING AND EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS

We recognize that our students’ families have entrusted us to assist them in the education of their children. This responsibility starts with the obligation to ensure students and staff feel physically and emotionally safe on our campuses. The following is intended as an introduction to the various ways we are working to maintain a safe and secure environment at all of our schools:

COMMUNICATION TOOLS
Non-emergency/routine communication: GUSD utilizes Blackboard Connect as our mass notification tool in non-emergency situations.
 
Emergency Communiation: We also utilize Titan HST as our emergency mass communication platform.
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EMERGENCY RESPONSE PROTOCOLS
GUSD utilizes the 
Standard Response Protocol
This protocol is based not on individual scenarios but on the response to any given situation. SRP utilizes a specific vocabulary but also allows for great flexibility. The premise is simple - there are four specific actions that can be performed during an incident. When communicating these, the action is clearly stated and this is followed by a "Directive."
 
Execution of the action is performed by active participants, including students, staff, teachers and first responders:
  • Lockout is followed by the Directive: "Get Inside. Lock Outside Doors" and is the protocol used to safeguard students and staff within the building.
  • Lockdown is followed by "Locks, Lights, Out of Sight" and is the protocol used to secure individual rooms and keep students quiet and in place.
  • Evacuate is always followed by a location, and is used to move students and staff from one location to a different location in or out of the building.
  • Shelter is always followed by a type and a method (i.e. earthquake) and is the protocol for group and self-protection.
 
Additional SRP Resources:
 
 
LOCKDOWN PROTOCOLS
Locking a school down (requiring students to remain safely inside school facilities) is one strategy the Hart District uses in collaboration with the Sheriff’s Department to provide the time and opportunity to safely investigate real or perceived concerns as they happen. While the term "lockdown" may sound alarming, it's important to note that these scenarios often turn out to be unsubstantiated rumors that go viral on social media. Sometimes young people make inappropriate comments without fully understanding how seriously these remarks will be handled. In an abundance of caution, all such threats are fully investigated and when appropriate, a “lockdown” provides school site officials and law enforcement the time and opportunity to investigate a potential threat while maintaining student safety on campus under the supervision of their teachers.

During a “lockdown” it is helpful for families to maintain distance from the school site and to react according to directives given by the District and school site in coordination with law enforcement.
 
CAMPUS SECURITY
We have two School Resource Officers (SROs) in GUSD. The SROs, who are officers of the Glendora Police Department (GPD), form relationships with students, provide intervention to assist students and assist staff with difficult situations. In the case of an emergency or threat, GPD is alerted immediately and can be counted on to have one of the best response times of any law enforcement department in the county. All of our safety protocols have been developed in collaboration with the Glendora Police Department.

SAFETY PLANS 
Each school maintains a comprehensive safety plan which includes policies for dealing with a variety of potential issues specific to that school site. The plans are developed in collaboration with multiple stakeholders and are updated annually to ensure that we are addressing needs in a timely and relevant fashion. It is important to note that schools do not publish the details of the specific protocols within those plans so as not to contribute to a security breach.

EMERGENCY DRILLS
All schools must be prepared to deal with a variety of emergency situations – including some that call for securing students and staff in place - along with others that call for safe evacuation. These protocols have been developed with guidance from the Glendora Police Department. To that end, every school in GUSD is required to schedule a minimum of two lockdown drills per year. These exercises are in addition to an annual earthquake drill, and a minimum of two fire drills. 

MENTAL HEALTH PROFESSIONALS 
The District employs a team of licensed therapists to provide intensive counseling services that help diffuse aggression, address isolation and tend to the mental health needs of our students and families. These therapists are available to all of our schools to support our regular staff comprised of school psychologists and school counselors when educationally related mental health issues arise.
 
PARTNERSHIP WITH CARE SOLACE 
In an effort to provide support to our families, Glendora Unified has partnered with Caresolace. Caresolace is a resource that links families to mental health and substance abuse providers that have been vetted through their process and identified as high-quality practitioners.

PARTNERSHIPS WITH LAW ENFORCEMENT AND COMMUNITY RESOURCES 
The District partners with multiple community agencies to further serve our students. We deeply value the strong relationship between the Glendora Police Department and the District. Glendora is a family community and we truly work together to provide a safe place for our families to work, go to school, and play.