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Concerned about school safety? Join this new Palo Alto Unified advisory group

Original post made on Dec 16, 2019

Palo Alto Unified is looking for teachers, students and parents to join its School Safety Advisory Group, a new group formed as part of the district's effort to tighten its campus security and emergency response procedures.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Monday, December 16, 2019, 10:38 AM

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Posted by Paly Junior
a resident of Palo Alto High School
on Dec 16, 2019 at 1:20 pm

Great to see the district is taking steps to make our schools safer. After the many problems we have had this year I am excited to make progress.


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Posted by Samuel L.
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on Dec 16, 2019 at 4:46 pm

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@Paly Junior - can you give examples of the issues at your school? The school does a good job of keeping issues from getting publicized. Outside if the robber running through campus and the Gunn student making a threat, what else has occurred?

Your campus should be safe from both external and internal dangers. It will take students like yourself to bring all of the issues to the public's view so they can be properly addressed.


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Posted by mjh
a resident of College Terrace
on Dec 16, 2019 at 4:49 pm

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Hope this group will include someone from the city wide emergency preparedness team so that the PAUSD efforts will coordinate with the long established city-wide program and the plans that are already in place and coordinated through a network of neighborhood block coordinators.


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Posted by Member1
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2019 at 11:45 am

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They do not need a study group and should not wait to follow existing protocols for ca public schools . The need a person willing to lead enforce and train staff students and parents. They do not have that. It is a no brained to take roll at drills or to monitor parking lot. The drills sound off and kids go to snack island across the street in droves instead of lining up. Also if there is baking smoke filling bathrooms and no supervision , what can be done without adult supervision enforcing rules already in place


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Posted by Member1
a resident of another community
on Dec 17, 2019 at 11:46 am

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Vaping smoke not baking smoke!


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 17, 2019 at 12:30 pm

Each school needs something like a twitter account that can alert students to an emergency with specific instructions when necessary. This should be available because students can be alerted before school while everyone is on their way, lunch time, etc. It can also give parents and neighbors to the school similar information. An emergency at a school is not just an emergency for the campus but for the whole school community which may mean those who live nearby.

This can be in addition to any other alerts by email or something, but if an emergency occurs 10 minutes before school starts, keeping students away from campus is a good idea.

Rumors abound when an emergency starts. People think they are passing accurate information, central emergency news alert is very necessary both for parents and those who are in a bathroom or free period at the time.


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Posted by bikermom
a resident of Mayfield
on Dec 19, 2019 at 1:39 pm

this is great. however I'd like to see more safety enforcement around the schools traffic wise.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 19, 2019 at 4:31 pm

@Bikermom Many schools in the UK and Ireland are banning parents from dropping off and picking up students. Web Link Web Link

As long as parents are driving their children to school, there will be traffic problems outside schools.


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Posted by Anonymous1
a resident of another community
on Dec 21, 2019 at 12:21 am

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They need to have people with expertise and training and the need to follow the actual ca Ed code. Train students teachers and parents with qualified staff. Also use the community services that are set up already .build some fencing and have gates monitored it is time now


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Posted by Emergency Prep Advocate
a resident of Downtown North
on Dec 21, 2019 at 11:12 am

@Anonymous1, PAUSD recently hired a safety manager who not only knows Palo Alto schools, but who’s expertise and training is in safety and emergency prep. He gave a presentation on the district’s immediate goals during the October School Board meeting.


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Posted by Anon
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on Dec 21, 2019 at 11:21 am

The folks looking at this now should look carefully at past events. The airsoft incidents in 2009-2010, for example, never really got the "lessons learned" that they should have. Law enforcement received incorrect information to start, and, there never was a mechanism put in place to make sure that information was verified and corrected as time went on. There are very real incidents that occur, such as the robbery escape that went through Paly recently. And, the airsoft incidents, which were based on incorrect or out-of-date information. Rumors and out-of-date information can be dangerous. So can lack of response to real incidents due to a justifiable fear of panic and over-reacting.

There should be a mechanism whereby corrected up-to-date verified information from authenticated sources can be directed to both law enforcement, school administration, and teachers.


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