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Student Support Services Safety Bulletin - February 2018




February 23, 2018


In Vista Unified School District (VUSD) we are most fortunate to have parents, faculty, and community resources that support the safety and well-being of our students. Our schools have compassionate, professionally-trained teachers, counselors, psychologists, social workers, administrators, and support staff. Additionally, peer-facilitated groups, under the training and supervision of an adult professional, are available for students. 


As mentioned in the December Safety Bulletin, the Student Support Services Department has worked with school sites to provide support for our students in the areas of social and emotional systems of support, suicide prevention, cyber-safety, anti-bullying, and healthy lifestyles. In addition, our schools are staffed with professionally-trained teachers, counselors, psychologists, registered nurses, social workers, administrators, and support staff who are actively involved with ensuring safety and well-being of our students. Moreover, we have school-wide programs such as Rachel's Challenge, Breaking Down the Walls, Peer Leaders Uniting Students, PASS Americorps leaders, that provide learning opportunities, peer interaction, and mentorships that lead to healthy and respectful learning environments.


With regard to the critical importance of school safety, our schools hold student safety as a top priority. Principals coordinate and lead school safety drills including lockdown, secure campus, fire, and earthquake drills to practice school-wide responses in case of an emergency. Our law enforcement and School Resource Officers, including San Diego County Sheriff's and Oceanside Police Departments, work in unison with school administration to coordinate systemic safe school plans. Furthermore, our schools are secured with locked gates and staffed with school supervisors who sustain visibility and a conscientious vision for safety. 


VUSD is committed to maintaining a safe school environment for each of our students and we appreciate the collaboration and communication from our community. As a reminder, VUSD students and community can anonymously report anything from suspicious activity that can lead to unsafe situations to controlled substance abuse on our tip webpage called PSST World (click here). School personnel utilize these reports with appropriate interventions that keep our students safe. Thank you for your ongoing support of student safety in VUSD. 


Please contact Student Support Services should you have questions or concerns.




Kyle Ruggles, Ed.D

Executive Director, Student Support Services

Posted by: Lisa Contreras, District Admin, Vista Unified School District Published:2/23/18
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