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The PYLUSD Advantage, Focus Area 4.0 - Safe and Respectful Environment

Included in the Placentia-Yorba Linda Unified School District (PYLUSD) Strategic Plan, "The PYLUSD Advantage," Focus Area 4.0, outlines that a safe and respectful environment is essential to student success. In PYLUSD, we foster a culture that promotes the emotional health, safety, and well-being of students, staff, and parents.

Over the past few weeks, PYLUSD has been hard at work collaborating with various stakeholder groups to develop the below list of safety and wellness initiatives implemented, as well as those in progress and/or being researched, throughout the District. Many stakeholder groups played an important role in compiling this list including our Teacher Advisory Council, Unified Council of PTA/PTSAs, Community Advisory Council, District Leadership Team, and more.

While this is not intended to be an exhaustive list, it does highlight several key initiatives in seven subcategories related to safety and wellness. This list will continuously be updated as new initiatives are implemented.

During these times of heightened uncertainty around the nation, PYLUSD will remain vigilant in our commitment to ensuring the safety and wellness of our students and staff.
 
Safety and wellness graphic.
 
A. EMERGENCY RESPONSE 

IMPLEMENTED
  • Lockdown protocols established in collaboration with five law enforcement agencies to ensure uniform response and common language including “deny access, evade, and engage” protocols
  • School sites hold various emergency drills during the school year as part of their comprehensive emergency response plans
  • Safe School Plans are annually updated and reviewed with staff

IN PROGRESS AND/OR BEING RESEARCHED
  • District communication plan for notifying school employees of an emergency
 
B. EMERGENCY PREPAREDNESS AND SAFETY INITIATIVES 

IMPLEMENTED
  • School Resource Officers (SROs) to provide support to all school sites
    Additional crossing guards at multiple district locations
  • Site walks with law enforcement to familiarize police staff with campus design and layout
  • Site walks of all campuses to determine fencing needs
  • School site maps updated to reflect current campus layout
  • All police municipalities provided updated digital maps for use in each patrol unit
  • Gate keys provided to law enforcement for emergency access
  • Painted six foot numbers on every school roof for police identification during emergency response
  • Fencing added at several school sites to address security needs
  • Classroom lockdown kits to all school sites for every classroom and strategic locations on each campus
  • Search and rescue equipment for every school campus in an effort to equip all search and rescue teams
  • Command center and parent reunification equipment and supplies on each campus
  • Health offices provided an emergency response backpack containing medical supplies
  • Health offices provided mobile supply carts for medication transport
  • Replaced outdated radios with new radios with Blue channel capability for all campuses
  • Reestablished District Emergency Operation Center (DEOC) for centralized communication and coordinated response
  • Tested all “power-fail” phones and re-establish phone list
  • Community Emergency Response Team (CERT) location at Esperanza High School for emergency response
  • Uniform shirts for campus supervisors for easy identification and increased visibility
  • Heat index protocols in place for outdoor activities
  • Emergency Chromebooks for school site front offices
 
IN PROGRESS AND/OR BEING RESEARCHED
 
  • “Lock Blok” installation on all 2,300 doors at school sites
  • Exterior lighting fixtures with LED lighting resulting in brighter and more cost effective lighting
  • Uniform visitor sign in procedures
  • Replacement options for gate keys
  • Procedures for screening all volunteer aides (parent volunteers)
  • Installation of shelving in sea containers for better organization of emergency supplies
  • Communication drill with school staff and District EOC
  • Lockdown procedure posters for all classrooms and common areas
  • “Knox boxes” for each site
  • Badging system for all adults on campus
  • Door lock options for inward swinging doors and fire rated doors
  • Expand security camera infrastructure where needed
 
C. STAFF AND STUDENT EDUCATION
IMPLEMENTED
  • Staff training on emergency response protocols including earthquakes, fire, and lockdowns
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR) training for all 9th grade students
  • Suicide prevention/intervention training for middle and high school students and teachers
  • Cardiopulmonary resuscitation (CPR)/automated external defibrillators (AEDs) training offered to certificated and classified staff nine times per year
  • Bullying prevention presentations at various school sites throughout the year
  • Prescription drug education offered to staff and students through Rx program
  • Principals trained on Blue Channel radio capability
  • Bullying prevention training for all site administrators
  • Multiple trainings on emergency response and preparedness for district student services staff
  • Staff trained on emergency response first aid
 
IN PROGRESS AND/OR BEING RESEARCHED
  • Middle and high school student and parent training on human trafficking prevention
  • Expand student education on digital citizenship

D. PARENT EDUCATION
IMPLEMENTED
  • Annual Parent University classes offered on:
    • Current drug trends
    • Internet safety
    • Prescription drug use
    • Vaping and e-cigarettes
    • Bullying and cyber-bullying
    • Juvenile Alcohol Drug Education (JADE) classes for at-risk students and parents
  • Six eight-week parent education classes (Love and Logic, and Boy’s Town) offered in English and Spanish

IN PROGRESS AND/OR BEING RESEARCHED
  • Improved survey to solicit parent input about topics of interest for the Parent University class schedule for the 2018-19 school year

E. BEHAVIORAL SUPPORT
IMPLEMENTED
  • Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
  • Student Study Team Intervention process for all schools
  • Twenty two school counselors at all secondary schools
  • Three behavior specialists for direct intervention and support
  • Uniform Codes of Conduct at the elementary, middle, and high school levels
  • Bullying prevention task force for elementary, middle, and high school levels
  • Substance abuse prevention task force
  • Middle school counselors trained on restorative practices using circle groups
  • Gear Up intervention support classes for at-risk students at all secondary schools
  • “Text-a-Tip” lines for all secondary schools to confidentially report safety related matters

IN PROGRESS AND/OR BEING RESEARCHED
  • Multi-tiered Systems of Support (MTSS)
  • Alternative to suspension model
  • Brief Counseling Model for substance abuse related student issues
 
F. MENTAL/EMOTIONAL WELLNESS
IMPLEMENTED
  • Full-time crisis counselor with expertise in threat assessment
  • Mental health clinicians and interns
  • Comprehensive suicide prevention and intervention plan
  • Outreach concern counseling support at the elementary schools
 
IN PROGRESS AND/OR BEING RESEARCHED
  • Social emotional wellness curriculum for districtwide implementation
  • Options for increasing behavioral/counseling support for schools
 
G. PHYSICAL HEALTH AND WELLNESS
IMPLEMENTED
  • Health clerks added to high impact schools
  • Athletic concussion protocols
  • Epi-pens to all school sites on an annual basis to ensure availability
  • Automated external defibrillators (AEDs) at all school sites
  • Diastat administration training for selected staff for seizure response
  • District Wellness Committee
  • Vision/Hearing screenings at specific grade levels annually
  • Fresh produce bars at all elementary Title 1 schools
  • SPARK PE equipment at all schools
  • Nutrition education at all school sites through classroom delivered curriculum or school assemblies
  • St. Jude Hospital to provide expanded medical services at the Topaz Health Clinic
  • Dental services to students through Big Smiles and Ayuda International
 
IN PROGRESS AND/OR BEING RESEARCHED
  • “Return to Learn” concussion protocols
  • Water sampling at all school sites to ensure safe drinking water
  • Hydration stations at all school sites