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Cindy Cathey reminds the community that schools are among the safest places.

Below is the full text of a letter from San Leandro Unified superintendent Cindy Cathey regarding the school shooting in Newtown, Conn

December 14, 2012

A Message from the Superintendent                          

It with heavy heart that I address our community regarding  the horrible tragedy  that hasoccurred at Sandy Hood Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. While the details are still unfolding through the media, it is known that many children and adults have lost their lives in this unspeakable tragedy. The shooter has also killed himself. Our sympathies and compassion go out to the families and the Newtown community.  I understand the concerns that our students, staff and community will have regarding this event and our safety. Please be reminded of 
the following:

  • The safety of our students and staff is our highest priority always.This event is highly unusual and in fact in study after study, schools are named as one of the safest places for our students to be

  • We have done training for our campus supervisors in active supervisor and being  vigilant.

  • Our schools regularly practice safety drill procedures and our administrators use  radio communication and practice drills twice monthly.

  • The city has provided us with three School Resource Officers to help ensure the  safety of our students and campuses. While they are primarily serving the  secondary schools, they can help at elementary when needed.

  • Students showing signs of anxiety will be offered counseling support.

  • We have a policy where all visitors MUST sign in in the office.

I am asking staff, as we have been - especially during this pre-holiday season – to  be extra vigilant in our observations and general security measures. Please know  that our district employees are aware of the protocols in place to report and  respond to unusual circumstances. Additionally, the San Leandro Police Department has notified me that their Patrol staff has been directed to spend extra time around the schools to add to our safety measures. We appreciate this quick response from our police department. Our hearts go out to the families in Newtown, Connecticut. We here in San Leandro are doing everything possible to ensure the safety of our students and staff, who are our highest priority.


Jessica Gardner December 15, 2012 at 03:53 PM
With all the bullying and fighting that goes on at schools it is not the safest place. Release the numbers Cindy
Alex Gronke (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Hi Jessica, this survey from last school year offers a window into how safe kids feel at San Leandro schools. I haven't looked at it, but you might find it interesting.
Alex Gronke (Editor) December 15, 2012 at 05:50 PM
Sorry. Forgot link. http://www.sanleandro.k12.ca.us/Page/426
Jessica Gardner December 15, 2012 at 07:56 PM
Ok Alex Read it, what's the school doing? 30 percent of students have been harassed at school in the past 12 months, the fear of safety at school just as high. Tx for the link
Jessica Gardner December 15, 2012 at 08:00 PM
Just look at the secondary link it show jr high and high school The gang activity, violence, safety, and fear of violence numbers are astounding So what is Cindy going to do? She releases a letter about the CR killings meanwhile San leandro high school is breeding criminals and future criminals 30 percent!


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