RESPONSE FROM SEQUOIA
HIGH SCHOOL DISTRICT
In response to Recommendations 4.12 and 4.13 the Sequoia Union High School District submits the following. The California State Department of Education requires annual reporting from school districts relative to student discipline. This comprehensive report includes the number of suspensions, expulsions, and all other disciplinary citations noted in Education Code 48900. In addition, the Education Code requires each school to complete a safety plan which is included in the School Site Plan developed on each school campus and submitted to the governing board for approval. Each of our schools is required to get board approval each year. For this reason and because, as I mentioned, a school violence report is required and published by the State Department of Education each year, I can confidently represent that the Sequoia Union High School District fulfills the recommendation embedded in 4.12.
Additionally, in response to the Grand Jury's concern that a number of schools indicated on the survey that they had not conducted a "lockdown" drill during the 2000-01 academic year, I can report that each school in the Sequoia Union High School District has an emergency action plan in place. In fact, on October 17 principals from Sequoia district high schools will present their emergency plans to the Board of Trustees and sometime in the month of October each school will conduct an emergency drill that will include a school violence response.
Recommendation 4.13 pertains to actions for the 2001-02 Grand Jury related to middle and intermediate schools. The Sequoia Union High School District, therefore, has no response to Recommendation 4.13.
We in the Sequoia Union High School District are confident that a safe environment is provided our students and staff. The substance of the Grand Jury's public high schools safety preparedness survey is routinely considered in the development of school site safety plans. We appreciate the Grand Jury's attention to this serious matter and trust this letter is responsive to concerns raised.