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School Tragedy in Texas
Posted 5/25/22

Creating Calm in Times of Crisis

On May 24, 2022 our nation experienced a tragic school shooting. Our heartfelt sympathies are with the victims and their families, as well as the community of Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas.

Some of you and your child(ren) may struggle with processing what occurred in Texas. While we still are learning more about this, we know that people may respond differently. In light of this, we want to share the following resources:

Our district continues to have counselors, social workers, and school psychologists that are available to students should they need additional support. 

While there is no information to cause concern in our community, both the Costa Mesa and Newport Beach Police Departments will be increasing police patrols around our schools through the remainder of the school year. 

As we reflect on this tragedy, please know the safety and security of our students and staff is paramount. Moments like this remind all of us to continue to be vigilant and prepare as best as possible for the unexpected. Please know we do all we can to provide a safe learning environment and that we regularly review, practice, and enhance our safety procedures.

We have a long-standing commitment to the safety of our students and staff and in light of today’s event we would like to remind you about the safety plans and procedures within our district. 

  • Our district has a partnership with the Costa Mesa Police Department and the Newport Beach Police Department to provide School Resource Officers (SRO), which are local law enforcement officers who are on our campuses to provide security and crime prevention services to our schools. We are grateful for the long standing relationship and collaboration these agencies provide to our District.

  • All school sites and district facilities have safety plans in place which are reviewed yearly and as-needed throughout the year. Safety plans are regularly reviewed and updated in collaboration with emergency responders and local law enforcement, including SROs. 

  • Schools regularly conduct safety drills with students and staff to prepare for a variety of potential situations. Drills include procedures for lockdown, shelter in place, among others such as earthquake and fire procedures.

  • Schools participate in threat assessment and emergency response training with District and County leaders. We work closely with our local law enforcement and first responders to address all known threats.

  • Our district has a Crisis Response Team that is immediately deployed to a school(s) during a crisis to provide immediate and ongoing support and resources.

While we have plans and systems in place that are regularly practiced, please know school safety is not something we can do alone. The partnership and support we have with our local law enforcement and our school community is critical. We ask for your support in reminding your child(ren) to please take all drills seriously, follow law enforcement, teacher and site administrator instructions, and if they see something, say something - it is the best deterrent to potentially harmful situations. 

We want everyone on our campus, including parents and guardians to be empowered to report unusual or suspicious activity. Please ensure that your Aeries Parent Portal has your current contact information on file – email and phone are crucial (contact your child’s school if you need assistance). By working together we can provide students a safe and healthy learning environment where they can focus and thrive. 

Please contact your child’s school for further information or support.