IUSD’s priority is the safety and wellbeing of our students, staff and community, which is why we have embraced a multi-pronged approach to safety that includes investments in campus security, technology, mental health and wellness, Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS), student and staff trainings, safety assessments, campus security personnel, and partnerships with the Irvine Police Department (IPD) and other local, state and national agencies.
IUSD continually reviews our procedures, practices and resources to help foster a safe learning environment for all students.
District and Campus Safety Initiatives
- All IUSD school sites and District facilities have safety plans in place, which are updated annually and as needed throughout the year. Safety plans are reviewed and updated in collaboration with IPD Emergency Management staff, School Resource Officers and other local emergency responders.
- Schools regularly conduct safety drills with students and staff to prepare for a variety of potential situations. Drills include procedures for lockdowns; shelter in place; run, hide and act; and earthquake and fire procedures.
- IUSD implemented the Raptor volunteer and visitor screening system at all school sites. The system provides a real-time and up-to-date background check on all visitors. It also checks against county, state and the national sex offender’s registry.
- District schools restrict campus access during the school day through active supervision and locked doors.
- IUSD’s Campus Safety Department oversees the 24/7 security operations for the District. In addition to providing a daily security presence on school campuses, campus safety personnel form positive connections with students, fostering an environment in which students feel safe to report concerns or incidents.
- Campus Safety has implemented security cameras on campuses and established an After Hours Hotline.
Partnership with the Irvine Police Department
- IUSD has a close partnership with IPD, which works collaboratively with the District on a daily basis related to all aspects of school safety, including threat assessments, student and staff trainings, and site-specific response planning.
- IPD also provides 12 full-time School Resource Officers assigned to IUSD schools, including a School Resource Officer at every high school; a Middle School Resource Officer, who oversees the Student Empowerment at Middle School program; and D.A.R.E. Officers, who frequently visit our elementary schools. School Resource Officers not only work to help provide campus safety but they also serve as a resource for students, parents and school administrators to create a positive link between the community and IPD.
- IUSD is the only school district in Orange County to have a D.A.R.E. program, giving our students the opportunity to positively connect with police officers, beginning at a young age.
- Click here for a list of School Resource Officers and more information.
- As law enforcement experts, IPD works with the Department of Homeland Security, FEMA, the FBI, the Orange County Sheriff’s Department, Orange County Fire Authority, Orange County Intelligence Assessment Center and more on a broad range of issues, including but not limited to school safety and violent intruders. IPD infuses this expertise in annual staff and student trainings.
Stay Connected to IUSD
- In the event of an emergency, IUSD has established the Stay Connected to IUSD protocol to help direct parents to important information, news and updates. First check your email, voicemail and text messages. Second, visit iusd.org. Third, follow IUSD on social media for real-time updates and information. To learn more and for IUSD social media addresses, visit iusd.org/connect.
- We also ask that parents make sure their personal contact information in the Parent Portal is up to date.
- Also, in Parent Portal, make sure your emergency contacts are up to date, so you know who is eligible to pick your child up from school, particularly in the event of an emergency.
Make sure that you have not unsubscribed to IUSD emails, otherwise you will not receive important emails during an emergency. To re-subscribe, email HelpDesk@iusd.org.
In the event of an emergency during the school day, the following are some important points to remember:
- The District maintains responsibility for our students. IUSD will work with first responders to safely release students to parents or authorized guardians through an established reunification process.
- Look for information from your school or the District about where parent/student reunifications will take place. You should first check your email, voicemail and text messages. Secondarily, check iusd.org and finally check IUSD social media. Visit iusd.org/connect for more information about how to Stay Connected to IUSD, including District social media addresses.
- Students will only be released to persons listed on the school's emergency contact card.
- Bring a valid picture ID, such as a driver’s license or passport.
- Be sure your emergency contacts are up to date in Parent Portal, so that they may also be able to pick-up your child in the event of an emergency. Your emergency contacts must also have a valid photo ID.
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS)
- PBIS systems are implemented on all IUSD campuses and establish student expectations for the learning and teaching environment, social culture and campus norms.
- PBIS supports academic success and develops a strong school culture in which students learn early-on what is expected behavior. This has proven critical in supporting students and helping them feel comfortable reporting behavior or concerns that are not in line with their school’s culture. In other words, it supports “if you see something, say something,” helping to make our campuses and students safer.
- PBIS has also helped IUSD reduce and respond to bullying through proactive measures. For comprehensive information about bullying, cyber bullying, and IUSD actions, click here.
- Click here for individual school PBIS information.
Mental Health and Wellness Resources
- Equally important to campus and personnel safety resources are mental health and wellness resources.
- IUSD's Department of Prevention and Intervention provides social emotional and behavioral health supports for students at the elementary and secondary levels. This includes Districtwide support staff:
- -Intervention Psychologists
- -PBIS TOSA
- -Family Resource Center Therapists
- -Elementary Resource Counseling
- -Elementary Guidance Paraprofessionals
- -Mental Health and Wellness Specialists
- -Secondary Guidance Paraprofessionals
For additional District and community resources, click here.
- For a comprehensive list of District mental health and wellness resources, click here. This includes social and emotional health, the Irvine Family Resource Center, crisis intervention and response, prevention and intervention, and District mental health and wellness contacts.
- We want our students and families to know that every student’s voice matters and that they are not alone, so please reach out, because we care and are here to help. Visit iusd.org/WeCare for more information.
- IUSD's investments in mental health and wellness have also enable us to reduce and respond to bullying. For comprehensive information about bullying, cyber bullying, and IUSD actions, click here.
Helping Children Cope with Grief or Violence
- IUSD recognizes that children process grief and reactions to violence differently. Below are resources to help you communicate with your child about these difficult topics.
Student and Parent Support
- While IUSD has plans in place that are regularly practiced, please know that school safety is not something we can do alone. The partnership and support we have with IPD and our school community is critical. We ask for your support in reminding students to please take all drills seriously, follow law enforcement, teacher and site administrator instructions, and if they see something, say something - it is the best deterrent to potentially harmful situations. We want everyone on our campus, including parents and guardians to be empowered to report any unusual or suspicious activity.
- In the case of an emergency at our schools, we ask that you please remember to look for information from our District. We deliver messages through email, voicemail, text messages, District and school websites and social media. Visit iusd.org/connect for more information and to Stay Connected to IUSD.
- Please ensure that your child’s school has your most current contact information on file – email and phone are crucial.
- By working together we can provide students a safe and healthy learning environment where they can focus and thrive.
- School Safety Presentation – During the February 15, 2017 Board Meeting, IUSD’s Dr. Stephen Bayne, who oversees emergency management and preparedness for the District, in conjunction with IPD Lieutenant and Emergency Operations Chief Dave Klug, made a school safety presentation to the Board of Education. Below are links to the PowerPoint presentation and the video from the Board Meeting.