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SGUSD Statement on School Safety

Dear San Gabriel Unified Community,

Wednesday’s tragic shooting in Parkland, Florida, emphasizes our need as a nation and community to ensure schools provide children with safe, secure learning environments.

As educators, our primary focus is to help students achieve their academic goals. A significant element of that responsibility is our unwavering commitment to their safety and security.

San Gabriel Unified has adopted a safety plan for every facility we operate. We run regular safety drills, limit access to our campuses and assign staff to monitor for possible threats. We also collaborate closely with our city law enforcement officials, sharing information so any concerns are addressed immediately.

SGUSD and the San Gabriel Police Department are working together to ensure the safety of students, parents, and employees. There will be increased police presence on campuses and active shooter recognition and mitigation training presented. Police department force training cadre will work through the Community Engagement Bureau and SGUSD to address any and all safety concerns.

Additionally, the first Wednesday of every month, at 6 pm, the police department holds a community forum called “411 with the Chief” at the San Gabriel City Hall. There, he answers any community questions or concerns. In the short term, parents are encouraged to reach out to their District Lieutenant (Contact info on City website) and the Community Engagement Bureau (stationed at the SGUSD Headquarters) for additional information.

In the aftermath of the Florida tragedy, we also want to reassure our students who may be feeling anxious. Supporting our students’ mental health is a vital part of ensuring their safety, and San Gabriel Unified has implemented programs and measures to aid in this effort.

These include WeTip crime reporting, site-specific programs to prevent bullying, and the availability of social workers and behavioral specialists to support our students. Counselors will also be available at all our schools throughout the week.

Thank you for your commitment to the San Gabriel Unified community. 
 
Sincerely,
Dr. John W. Pappalardo
SGUSD Superintendent
 
Chief Eugene Harris
San Gabriel Police Department