Emergency and Safety Information
The San Leandro Unified School District is dedicated to ensuring the well being and safety of our students and our staff. We are always looking for input from the community to help us make the schools in our District the safest they can be. Please email us with ideas and suggestions on how we can make our schools safer. Email us at SLUSD School Safety.
How parents can be most helpful in an emergency situation:
If a potentially threatening situation or an emergency occurs on a school campus, for the safety of your students, we request parents to PLEASE:
- Remain as calm as possible.
- Do not attempt to go to school! Access routes and streets need to be clear for emergency vehicles. Traffic congestion will make the response much more difficult for first responders (law enforcement, fire departments, ambulances) to reach the school quickly and efficiently. Parents or community members who try to make it to the school put everyone at greater risk, including themselves and their students. This is an issue of safety for everyone!
- Remain at home or at work to make it easier for officials to contact you should this be necessary. If schools need to evacuate students off-site, you will be given information through the district communication channels as to where and when to pick up your student.
- Do not call your student on their cell phone. In some situations, students must maintain silence so as not to alert an intruder. A ringing cell phone places your child and potentially an entire classroom of students at risk. For this reason, students are trained not to use their cell phones until a staff member determines it is safe to do so. To every extent possible, school personnel will work with students regarding the use of their personal cell phones during an emergency to keep you informed and to reduce anxiety. In addition, if numerous people are using cell phones at one location, it could jam the cell phone tower, which would prevent emergency and school officials from using their emergency communication devices. This could seriously hinder their efforts to assist students.
- Do not contact your student’s school. Telephone lines will need to remain open to deal with the emergency. If the phone system becomes overloaded, it again will hinder our efforts to help students and to provide information to the community.
- Stay tuned to local media for ongoing information and emergency instructions. Check for updates at www.slusd.us or the district’s social media channels.
- Show patience. Know that school officials and first responders are doing everything possible to help your students through a very chaotic situation. Our first priority will be the safety of the students and staff and other considerations will take a back seat to student and staff safety.
Remember, in an emergency, school officials will need your assistance. By following the above guidelines, you will be doing your part by not making a potentially bad situation even worse. We all must do our part in an emergency situation to lessen any threats.