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School Safety

The Redondo Beach Unified School District (RBUSD) has developed District-level and school-level safety plans in consultation with local, state, and federal agencies to use in emergency situations.  Faculty, staff, and administration at each school site have been trained and have completed regular drills using their safety plans.  Whether the emergency is a regional natural disaster or a specific school emergency, the RBUSD will:

  1. Provide a safe and secure environment for students and staff
  2. Take immediate action to reduce injury risk
  3. Employ personnel and services to support the health of students and staff
  4. Coordinate safety efforts with our local, state, and federal partners

Comprehensive School Safety Plans

Schools individually update their Comprehensive School Safety Plans in accordance with California law on an annual basis.  The safety plans are specific to each school site and outline, among other areas, emergency response roles and actions.

 

Comprehensive School Safety Plans are brought to the RBUSD Board of Education for approval in March.

Emergency Communications

Accurate and timely communication with families during an active school emergency is essential to maintaining student safety.  During an active school emergency, the RBUSD will employ the following communication protocol to notify stakeholders:

  1. Text Message
    For urgent emergency communication only.Communicates a change to school operations.

     
  2. Twitter 
    For urgent emergency communication only.  Communicates a change to school operations.

    The District employs the Alert RBUSD Twitter account for emergency communication only.  You can download the Twitter app from your Android or Apple store and search Alert RBUSD.  A Twitter feed is also on the District’s School Safety webpage: http://rbusd-ca.schoolloop.com/schoolsafety

     
  3. Recorded Telephone Message
    For urgent emergency communication.  A recorded telephone message is also used for non-emergency communication. 

Examples of an active school emergency include lockdowns, fire, active shooter, school closure, or other incident requiring urgent communication.  Standard, non-emergency communication methods will include email and recorded telephone messages. 

 

Effective communication is important within our RBUSD community.  As a parent, please make it a priority to update your contact information, whenever there is a change, with your child’s school.  Current cell phone numbers are critical as we may have to send you a text message in the event of an active school emergency.

 

Current cell phone numbers are critical as we may have to send you a text message in the event of an active school emergency.

Emergency Preparation: What You Can Do

Contact Information: Please ensure your child’s emergency contact information is updated with current information on emergency contacts or parent designees who are allowed to pick up your child.  You can access the Parent Portal link below to update your parent designees.

 

https://ic.rbusd.org/campus/portal/redondo.jsp

 

Your child may only be released to an adult who you, as a parent, have designated as an emergency contact and who has proper identification.  Children will be kept at school until a parent or parent designee can pick them up.

 

Home Emergency Preparedness Kit:  Prepare a home emergency preparedness kit in an easy to transport container.  Several state and federal agencies have outlined a home preparedness checklist including first-aid supply and food storage suggestions.  You will want to consider storing copies of important family documents, e.g. birth certificates.  Please look at the Additional Resources header below for applicable website links.

Important Points to Remember

In the event of an active school emergency:

 

  • Please refrain from calling the school or District office.  Phone lines, if working, will be used for emergency communication.  School staff will be busy responding to the emergency and preserving student safety.  Please be calm.
     
  • Please refrain from going to your child’s school unless you have received direction from the school.  Traffic around the school may delay the ability of emergency responders from entering or exiting the campus.  In addition, the school will be closed to all but emergency responders until the situation is resolved.
     
  • Your school has a site-specific safety plan.  Please note, in order to support school safety, it is necessary for the RBUSD to restrict public access to school safety plans.  Specific safety procedures and protocols can be compromised if made public.

Please monitor communication.  Outside of your cell phone, use a radio or television to receive announcements, if available.  In the event of a natural disaster, tune to an Emergency Broadcast System station (KABC-TV7-L.A.; KFWB radio @ 980 AM).

Additional Resources