The first priority of any school district is the safety and wellness of its students and staff. MVUSD has been very proactive in both preventing and preparing for emergencies and this work is ongoing. As we know, no safety or security plan is infallible, but we work continuously in these areas to make our schools as safe as possible. We continue to review our comprehensive safety plan, consult with experts in the field of school safety and crisis management, train in active shooter drills and conduct drills in our schools and office buildings with our students and staff and provide social, emotional support and mental health services for students.
The district receives a tremendous amount of support and protection from Murrieta Police and Fire:
- Murrieta Police Department has five School Resource Officers, one Corporal & one Sergeant assigned to juvenile services. That unit patrols and monitors schools and works with staff and administrators to ensure a safe learning environment.
- Each high school has a School Resource Officer and middle and elementary schools share School Resource Officers.
- Murrieta Police are trained in their expected roles and options in an active shooter incident at schools, and they have conducted drills. They are also familiar with the physical layout of our schools and they have emergency access to all locked school sites.
Among other initiatives, we have video surveillance cameras at all MVUSD buildings, a Visitor Management System at schools that scans each visitor’s government photo identification and prints a badge, and we use a mass communication software system that allows us to contact thousands of families quickly.
Increasingly important is the work we do on a daily basis with social emotional learning and providing mental health services to ensure our students and staff feel safe within our schools. In 2017 alone the district spent over $1 million on mental health support and services for our students.
Parents and students can partner with us to keep our schools safe by being aware of what is going on at schools and if they see something or hear something that sounds questionable or dangerous, say something.
There are multiple ways to report suspicious or illegal behavior or safety concerns:
- Talk to a teacher or school administrator
- Call Murrieta Police Department’s 24-hour dispatch (951) 696-3615
- Use the Tip Line, report your concern on the tip line page
SAFE SCHOOL DIRECTORDale Velk
(951) 696-1600 ext. 1155
Safe Schools Program
The Murrieta Valley Unified Safe Schools program received the prestigious 2008 Golden Bell Award from the California School Boards Association. The district-wide Safe Schools Program reduces incidents on and off school campuses and includes an extensive school and law enforcement partnership, staff and parent trainings and student lead activities which have developed a culture of communication throughout district schools.
School Safety Plans
Schools are required by Ed. Code 32280-32289 to write a comprehensive School Safety Plan. The plans are reviewed and rewritten each year; they are approved by the Superintendent every five years. The results of each annual review are shared in the School Accountability Report Cards which are available to the public on request in the school principals offices. For more information, contact school principals or Dale Velk.
Each school in the Murrieta Valley Unified School District has an Emergency and Disaster Preparedness Plan which specifies procedures for dealing with fire, flood, earthquakes, acts of violence, hazardous materials, disaster recovery organization and student accountability following a significant emergency or disaster. Emergency drills (evacuation, duck & cover, and lockdown) are conducted regularly throughout the school year, and each school site maintains an emergency bin of basic survival necessities. For more information on emergency preparedness, contact school principals or Dale Velk.
Discrimination and Harassment
Murrieta Valley Unified School District maintains a firm policy prohibiting all forms of discrimination. Religious, racial, or sexual harassment or violence against students or employees is discrimination. read more. . .
Home To School Safety Patrols
A School Safety Committee sponsored by the school district, Murrieta Valley Council PTA and the Murrieta Police Department... read more...