December 14, 2012
Message to LVJUSD Community:
Tragedy in Connecticut at Elementary School & LVJUSD Safety and Emergency Procedures
This morning there was an unbelievably tragic mass shooting at an Elementary School in Connecticut that has resulted in injuries and the loss of life of many, including elementary age children. Not a lot of details are known at this point. As this information unfolds and spreads via the media, it can understandably generate fear, anxiety and uncertainty about safety at school, and in society, in general.
The safety of students and staff is a priority of our Board of Trustees and District. Please be assured, we have a very solid working relationship with the Livermore Police Department, up-to-date emergency and lockdown procedures in place, and we practice a range of safety drills and scenarios on a regular basis. These emergency plans and crisis responses are in place to ensure our schools are safe places to learn and work.
In light of this serious and devastating incident, we have asked all of our administrative leadership team members to take the time to carefully review with staff their site emergency procedures, particularly as it relates to lockdown protocols.
We have a crisis support team available if anyone is particularly emotional or distraught by this tragedy. Our Student Services Department and Human Resources Department are mobilizing support services if/as needed.
This is a painful reminder of just how precious and fragile life is, so be sure to reach out to loved ones during this holiday season.
Superintendent of Schools
Emergency Contact Information
- During an emergency, please do not call the school or district office. If the phone lines are working, they are to be used only for emergency communication.
- Ensure that your child's emergency information is up to date with correct and current home and work phone numbers including a list of individuals allowed to pick up your child. To update your information, contact the school office.
- In a non-emergency situation, if you have questions about potential emergencies or preparedness, call your child's school office. You can also call the district at (925) 606-3200.
Emergency and General Announcements
The Livermore School district uses a phone-based communications system to rapidly alert parents with important information and has the capacity to reach all families in a given school, or the entire district, within five to 10 minutes from the time the first call is placed.
While the system is instrumental in alerting parents to an emergency situation on campus, it is also used for general non-emergency announcements such as an upcoming open house, report card mailing information, picture day reminders, and the statewide testing schedule. Traditional means of communicating with parents is continuing as before. However, this automated system ensures that the district can reach every family in a timely and organized manner.
We will continue to make every effort to communicate the status of emergency plans to parents and the community. Our number one priority is always the safety and security of students.