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PEORIA UNIFIED SAFETY AND WELL-BEING MAINTAINING SAFE, INVITING, NURTURING, AND RESPECTFUL ENVIRONMENTS FOR STUDENTS, STAFF, AND COMMUNITY

Safety is the number one priority in the Peoria Unified School District

At the December 11, 2018 Governing Board Meeting, the Governing Board adopted a resolution to address safety in the Peoria Unified School District.

WHEREAS, The U.S. Congress findings state, to succeed in school, students need to be physically and mentally healthy. They need to maintain overall well-being in a safe environment, work cooperatively with others, be good communicators and effective problem-solvers;

WHEREAS, student safety is a prerequisite for consistently high levels of academic and social development;

WHEREAS, our public schools are charged not only with supporting student achievement, but also providing support for mental and physical health, personal growth and civic engagement;

WHEREAS, Peoria Unified School District #11 prioritizes the safety and well-being of our students, employees and community members, by providing safe and welcoming spaces and recognizing that mental health is a major component of school safety;

WHEREAS, all students deserve access to services supporting and enhancing their physical, mental and emotional health.

WHEREAS, the responsibility for keeping our community healthy is a shared responsibility and cannot be borne by public schools alone, and requires support from the family, community, local and state public safety agencies, and policymakers at the local, state and federal levels;

THEREFORE, let it be resolved that the Peoria Unified School District calls upon the State Legislature and the Governor to allocate additional funding toward more mental health support in schools;

THEREFORE, let it be resolved that the Peoria Unified School District shall remain committed to supporting students, staff, families and community members through continuous evaluation and improvement in all areas of the comprehensive district strategic plan; stewardship of community resources, community connection, student success, and most importantly, ensuring we maintain supportive environments to nurture safety and well-being.

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SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

The Peoria Unified School District has long-standing relationships with the City of Glendale and City of Peoria police departments to ensure the safety procedures we have in place are met with their approval and expertise. We are also proud to partner with both of these police departments to provide School Resource Officers on all seven high school campuses. In addition to the security their presence provides, these SROs establish relationships at their respective feeder elementary schools, serve as mentors, role models and often counselors, to parents, students and staff.

Watch Peoria Unified Chief Communications Officer Danielle Airey discuss the partnership between the Peoria Police Department and the district with Police Chief Art Miller

MEET THE SCHOOL RESOURCE OFFICERS

Officer Maurice Cunningham, Raymond S. Kellis High School

Officer Maurice Cunningham is originally from Kansas City and joined Raymond S. Kellis High School at the start of the 2013-14 school year. Prior to working for the City of Glendale, Officer Cunningham worked for the Department of Corrections as a Corrections Officer for four years. Officer Cunningham has been a member of the Glendale Police Department for over 13 years. He has spent six years in patrol and two years as a School Resource Officer for Apollo High School. Officer Cunningham has background in coaching for over nine years with most of his experience in coaching youth football.

Officer Ryan Enos, Cactus High School

Officer Ryan Enos is a native of Arizona and attended K-12 in the Peoria Unified School District. Upon completion of high school, Officer Enos started his employment with the City of Glendale’s Parks and Recreation Department, working with the youth in summer programs and year-round sports. Officer Enos has worked for the Glendale Police Department for nearly eight years. During his tenure as an officer, he has volunteered as a youth sports coach and assisted in educating children in several schools throughout the Peoria Unified School District, both at the elementary and high school level. Officer Enos joined Cactus High School as the School Resource Officer in 2013-14, the very high school he graduated from in 2002.

OFFICER DAVID FERNANDEZ, CENTENNIAL HIGH SCHOOL

Officer David Fernandez has been with the Peoria Police Department since March 2004 and has served as an SRO at Centennial High School since August 2011. In 2016, Officer Fernandez received the Floyd Ledbetter National School Resource Officer of the Year Award from the National Association of School Resource Officers (NASRO) for his contributions to the school and community.

OFFICER LISA HALE, LIBERTY HIGH SCHOOL

Officer Lisa Hale joined Liberty High School as the SRO on January 7, 2013. Officer Hale has been with the Peoria Police Department just over three years. Prior to becoming a police officer, she was a former teacher in the Paradise Valley School District for nearly 15 years.

Officer Gerald Sydnor, Ironwood High School

Officer Gerald Sydnor joined Ironwood High School as the School Resource Officer in the 2013-14 school year and is a graduate of Deer Valley High School. Officer Sydnor previously worked for the Sands Boys and Girls Club and spent four and a half years in the U.S. Coast Guard. Officer Sydnor is a 17 year veteran of the Glendale Police Department and has served as a Background Investigator, Recruiter, Explorer Coordinator, Public Information Officer, Dignitary Protection Detail Member, School Resource Officer and he has an extensive background working with young people.

SCHOOL EMERGENCIES

WHILE PEORIA UNIFIED WORKS DILIGENTLY TO KEEP OUR STUDENTS, STAFF, AND CAMPUSES SAFE, SOMETIMES INCIDENTS OCCUR ON OR OFF CAMPUS THAT REQUIRE A RESPONSE

Peoria Unified has a comprehensive Emergency Operations Plan that addresses school crisis situations.

Peoria Unified administrators have been trained and drill on each type of emergency situation – with and without students present. The district has a strong relationship with all local municipalities to ensure our Emergency Operations Plan is up-to-date and thorough. The plan is updated annually to allow the best outcome in the event of a crisis, with guidance and oversight by the police departments that serve our district.

Each school site will conduct the following practice with students and staff:

  • Monthly evacuation (fire) drills
  • Two lockdown drills per school year
  • Two shelter-in-place drills per school year
  • Two bus evacuation drills per year

At the discretion of the site supervisor, drills may or may not be communicated to parents in advance.

To maintain the district’s laser focus on student and staff safety, specific details within the Emergency Operations Plan are not shared with the public.

LEVELS OF CAMPUS RESPONSE

A Shelter-in-Place may be used for the following incidents:

Bee swarm, assault/fight on campus, police activity in the community, social media threat, etc.

The shelter-in-place protocol provides safe refuge for students, staff and visitors at the school. This might include a situation taking place in the community, near the proximity of the school or a biohazard situation. During a shelter-in-place, students and staff will remain indoors with the doors locked, as directed by either law enforcement or the school principal, although the educational learning environment may proceed as usual.

A Lockdown may be used in the following incidents:

Intruder, violent parent or guest, weapon on campus, social media threat, bomb threat, etc.

Lockdowns may be issued in situations involving dangerous intruders or other incidents that may pose a threat to a student or staff’s immediate safety. During a lockdown, all interior and exterior doors will be locked. Parents and visitors will not be allowed on campus during a lockdown.

An Evacuation may be used in the following incidents:

Fire, bomb threat, fire, gas leak, power outage, suspicious package, etc.

The district’s Evacuation protocol includes everything from evacuating from a room to another room – evacuating from one building to another – evacuating from a building to the school grounds – or evacuating off-site to an alternate location.

COMMUNICATION DURING AN EMERGENCY

Parents will be notified during a school crisis or shortly thereafter, depending on how long the event lasts. It is critically important that parents follow the district’s protocol in the event of an emergency. The school may not answer their phone during an emergency. Parents and visitors will not be allowed on campus until the campus has been deemed safe.

Detailed information regarding the emergency situation will be shared on the district’s website and will be updated as additional details become available.

We know you have questions. Information will be shared as it becomes available to us as quickly as possible.

Parents will also receive a phone, email and/or text message with details about the event. It is important to keep your contact information updated at your child’s school site. You can always check social media but remember that official district communication will always be shared directly on our website.

Depending on the type of crisis situation, students may be asked to text their parents and let them know that they are safe. In some crisis situations, students will not be allowed to use their phones.

MORE INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES

Detailed information about our Emergency Operations Plan and additional resources for families is available on our website at www.PeoriaUnified.org/SchoolSafety.

SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING

WE BELIEVE EVERY STUDENT, EVERY DAY DESERVES AN OPPORTUNITY FOR GROWTH AND CHANGE

Our goal is to develop and implement a functional, sustainable and evidence-based district-wide social/emotional learning model that is culturally sensitive, diverse, family and community oriented to meet the needs of every student, every day in pre-kindergarten through 12th grade in schools throughout the Peoria Unified School District.

PROVIDING STUDENTS WITH NEW OPPORTUNITIES THROUGH A THREE-TIERED SYSTEM OF SUPPORT

  1. SOCIAL EMOTIONAL LEARNING: Social Emotional Learning will be part of students' everyday academic experience. A comprehensive district-wide curriculum will be utilized to provide students with critical life skills education
  2. INTENTIONAL AND INTENSIVE INTERVENTION: When a student is struggling emotionally or behaviorally, the local school Student Support Team (made up of administration, nursing, emotional support staff and teachers) will assess, create and implement a student-specific support intervention. This may include support groups, social skills groups, one-on-one behavioral support or mentor support.
  3. COMMUNITY SUPPORT PARTNERSHIPS: When support for students goes beyond the scope of the local school, referrals will be made to trusted community partners. This may include mental health, behavior health or medical providers.

MORE RESOURCES FOR FAMILIES

Past winning artwork from the Peoria Unified/City of Peoria Anti-Bullying Art Contest

ANTI-BULLYING EFFORTS

The Peoria Unified School District is committed to preventing bullying on all of our campuses.

WHAT IS BULLYING?

Bullying may occur when a student or group of students engages in any form of behavior that includes such acts as intimidation and/or harassment that:

  • Has the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student’s property or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm or damage to property
  • Is sufficiently severe, persistent or pervasive that the action, behavior or threat creates an intimidating, physical or emotional harm,
  • Occurs when there is a real or perceived imbalance of power or strength or
  • May constitute a violation of law.

Bullying of a student or group of students can be manifested through written, verbal, physical or emotional means and may occur in a variety of forms including, but not limited to:

  • Verbal, written/printed or graphic exposure to derogatory comments, extortion, exploitation, name calling, or rumor-spreading either directly through another person or group or through cyberbullying
  • Exposure to social exclusion or ostracism,
  • Physical contact including but not limited to pushing, hitting kicking, shoving or spitting and
  • Damage to or theft of personal property.

WHAT CAN PARENTS DO ABOUT BULLYING?

If you suspect bullying:

  • Listen to your child. Do not down-play the incident.
  • Assure your child that it is okay to report the problem to his/her teacher. Communicate with the teacher regarding the incident.
  • Consider completing a Bullying Incident Form located in the school office.
  • If necessary, seek additional assistance with your school administrator.

WHAT TO TELL YOUR CHILD WHEN CONFRONTING A BULLY

STOP Tell the person to stop the behavior.

WALK Walk away from the situation.

TALK Talk to an adult.

IF YOUR CHILD IS THE TARGET, SUGGEST THE FOLLOWING STRATEGIES

  • Don’t react.
  • Agree with the comment to stump the bully.
  • Distract the bully by changing the subject.
  • Laugh or joke about the bully’s comment.
  • Stay away from the bully.
  • Complete a Bullying Incident Form located in the school office.

MORE INFORMATION FOR FAMILIES

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