There is heightened fear among students, families, and the community following the tragic shootings taking place with alarming frequency in American schools. We want to assure parents and families that we are doing everything in our power to protect students and staff on our campuses.
Our schools have emergency plans in place for a wide range of situations, from natural disasters to bomb threats, to active shooter situations. We conduct emergency drills multiple times throughout the year and constantly review and revise our emergency plans with assistance from the Glendale Police and County Sheriff’s Departments. All schools are equipped with security gates and cameras, and visitors must sign in and out at every school site. We encourage all families to keep your emergency contact information up to date so we can contact you in an emergency.
If You See Something, Say Something
The solution to school safety extends beyond the walls of our schools and requires a relentless commitment and effort from every stakeholder connected to our students. Please do not stand by – if you “See Something, Say Something.”
Report any suspicious activity to your school or our district staff. You can call your school directly download the Glendale Unified app and submit an anonymous tip using the app tip line, or call the district’s phone tip line at (323) 999-6062.
We Take Threats Seriously
It is not acceptable for a student or an adult to make violent threats – whether it be on campus, off campus, or on social media. Anyone suspected of making threats should expect to be questioned by school personnel and/or investigated by local law enforcement. The safety of our students and employees will not be compromised. Please reinforce with your students the seriousness of making threats – especially violent threats – at school or toward a student or employee.
How We Support Students Socially and Emotionally
Research shows an increasing need for mental health support for young students, particularly teenagers. Detecting early warning signs and providing immediate interventions for a student who may be in crisis can prevent the student from harming themselves or others. Knowing this, Glendale Unified has trained all secondary teachers and classified staff in identifying early warning signs of suicide and self-harm. Often the warning signs shown by students who may inflict self-harm overlap with those shown by students who may harm others.
Glendale Unified psychologists and school crisis teams are always on call to provide crisis support to students on an individual basis. Additionally, the district partners with the Glendale Police Department to provide wellness checks and mental health support to our students.
Strong relationships and early detection are our best defense against incidents of violence on our school campuses. Our staff understand the importance of building relationships with students so they feel comfortable speaking to a trusted adult.
Campus Safety Improvements
Facilities and Support Operations (FASO) staff conduct regular safety walk-throughs at every Glendale Unified campus to identify any areas for improvement. They check to ensure all doors have door blocks, and assess whether or not schools and classrooms need additional safety mesaures, such as tinted windows and blinds or privacy screens to block view from the street.
Glendale Unified administration works closely with law enforcement to streamline access to our campuses during emergency situations. In 2019, the district signed a Memorandum of Understanding to grant officers direct access to Glendale Unified security cameras to speed up response time in an emergency.
Our schools have emergency plans in place for a wide range of situations, from natural disasters to bomb threats to active shooter situations. We conduct emergency drills multiple times throughout the year and constantly review and revise our emergency plans with assistance from law enforcement.
All Glendale Unified schools are equipped with security gates and cameras, and visitors must sign in and out at every school site. We encourage all families to keep your emergency contact information up to date so we know we can contact you in an emergency.
Thank you for being a constant partner in ensuring the safety of our students and staff.