School and District Safety
Santa Clara Unified School District is continuously planning and preparing for emergencies that could interrupt the school day for students. We want to make sure that you are fully informed of our Emergency Operations Plan.
Schools have security measures to ensure the well-being of students and staff. While each school’s security system differs based on the size and layout of its campus and other factors, security measures in SCUSD may include some or all of the following:
- Visitor check-in procedures
- Locked doors after the start of the school day
- Surveillance cameras
- School Resource Officers (SROs) or Neighborhood Resource Officers (NROs) via local police departments
- Campus security personnel
Comprehensive School Safety Plans (Ed Code 32280-32289)
School safety is a community issue that requires collaboration between the schools, emergency response agencies, parents, and the community. A school safety plan takes an all-hazards approach. Every year, each school shall establish a Safety Committee comprised of an administrator, teachers, classified staff, parents, and students (only at the secondary level). The Safety Committee will meet regularly, as well as collaborate with local law enforcement, fire, and emergency management agencies to assess safety needs at the school site.
Plans should, among other things, provide guidance for reporting child abuse, regulate training/drills for various types of emergencies, and specify policies and procedures to provide a high level of school safety. Schools shall also develop tactical responses to criminal incidents in order to safeguard students and staff. Planned responses to criminal incidents need not be disclosed to the public. Mental health professionals and school counselors shall assist with creating and maintaining a positive school climate, including the prevention of bullying programs at each of our schools. Each school shall review and update its Comprehensive School Safety Plan by March 1st of each school year, per Ed Code. The Safety Committee shall make its plan public and will share the plan with various community leaders, school site personnel, student body representatives, and parent groups. A complaint of noncompliance with the school safety plan requirements may be filed under the Uniform Complaint Procedures policy.