Comprehensive Safety Plan

A Comprehensive Safety Plan for San Elijo elementary School was developed as the school was constructed to ensure that all kindergarten through fifth grade students are safe on campus. This plan is reviewed and revised annually and remains relevant to the needs of our population as well as resources of our school. The plan was originally written in conjunction with the school site council and is now reviewed and approved annually at the SSC general meeting. Local law enforcement and city officials were consulted during the development of the plan and the approval process to assist the administration in designing safety, disaster, behavior, and reporting plans for a site serving over 1,000 students.

As directed by California Education Code and Senate Bill 187, Chapter 736, three essential components were addressed while writing the comprehensive plan. The components are listed below along with the strategies currently implemented at San Elijo Elementary to ensure all components are met:

Assuring a Safe, Physical Environment

  • Disaster plan, procedures, and safety drills are designed and rehearsed to ensure the safety of all students in the event of a disaster, fire or armed intruder. Drills are scheduled on a monthly basis and evaluation notes are given to teachers following each drill.
  • California Education Code and SMUSD board policies regarding behavior, suspension, and expulsion are communicated to students, parents, and staff via parent handbooks, website, discipline assemblies, and staff development. The automated phone system allows us to communicate with the entire San Elijo Elementary School community. All policies and procedures are uploaded onto our website.
  • Mandated reporting policies on child abuse, dangerous students and sexual harassment are presented verbally and in written form to all members of the staff prior to the school year. All staff signs an annual notification noting that they have received information on mandated reporting procedures.
  • School discipline plans are communicated to students during the opening week discipline assemblies to provide students with an understanding of the school rules as well as positive and negative consequences.
  • Visitor policies are communicated and logs are maintained to protect the safety of all students. Student checkout procedures are clearly posted for anyone picking up a child from school prior to dismissal. The gates on campus are kept closed during the school day.

Assuring an Emotionally and Nurturing Environment

  • Emotional assistance is provided to those students determined by the Student Study Team (SST) to be at risk. Our Eagle Way character education program also provides students with strategies to acquire confidence.
  • The school psychologist works in conjunction with the administration and health clerk to meet the needs of the learning community. The school psychologist provides opportunities for small support groups as well as weekly social skill opportunities through "Eagle Club"
  • Student recognition plans and awards foster positive character traits and citizenship through our "Living the Eagle Way" program.
  • Student Safety Officers provide older students the opportunity to develop responsibility for their young peers.
  • Students at San Elijo Elementary are encouraged to check their behavior to be sure it is kind, safe, honest, respectful and includes appropriate language. They are asked to live the "Eagle Way," our character education program that includes lessons in the following character traits: respect, responsibility, trustworthiness and empathy.

Student Resiliency Skills

  • Our "Eagle Way" character traits program, as mentioned above, includes monthly lessons, flag salute presentations, and a daily student recognition program. Students living the "Eagle Way" in class and around campus are given Eagle Passes that recognize their positive behaviors. A specific trait is focused each month and students are caught living the trait. Passes are redeemed for individual and classroom rewards. Monthly citizens living the monthly trait are recognized at Flag Salute.
  • Red Ribbon Week activities in October stress drug awareness and a commitment to remain drug free.
  • The district drug education curriculum reinforces resiliency in students.
  • Professional Learning Communities allow teachers to collaborate to plan instruction and assessment to meet the needs of all learners.
  • Multiple assessments are utilized by teachers and staff to determine the appropriate instructional level for all students.
  • Fourth and fifth grade students have kindergarten and first grade buddies to foster nurturing and mentoring.
  • Student Council fosters leadership, student involvement, and shared decision making.
  • The Leadership Team meets monthly to ensure students" safety, emotional, and academic needs at each grade level are addressed and that the school climate is one of shared leadership.
  • A school bullying policy is communicated to parents, students, and staff on our website and within student handbooks. Students in grades 3-5 participated in bullying discussions at the beginning of the year.