With the beginning of a new school year underway, we want our community to be aware of our continued commitment to safety which includes multiple, proactive approaches to fortifying security throughout our school.
In addition to safety enhancements across the District (see below), at Highland High School students MUST have IDs when entering campus. Large bags and cases of any type are subject to being searched. We have also eliminated various entrances, and now provide two main student entrances at the north gates and 400s. All visitors MUST enter through the front office and adhere to a new identification process. We also have increased the number of lockdown drills. Since March 2018, we conduct ongoing safety committee meetings that include parents, students, teachers, administrators and neighboring schools. These meetings focus on assessing safety needs and proposing solutions.
Across the Antelope Valley Union High School District
In April and June 2018, the AVUHSD conducted safety reviews of its campuses that resulted in the implementation of enhanced safety measures. These measures vary by school and include enhanced fencing, additional security and counseling personnel, updated surveillance cameras, front entrance modifications, and door locking devices. The District also incorporated additional training with the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station and revised student, staff and visitor identification processes.
For more than 25 years, the AVUHSD has had a dedicated school deputy on campus each day. In addition to this, the District continues to focus on students’ social emotional needs through various programs and counseling outreach, provides safety training to students and staff, and underscores the importance of vigilance through “See Something, Say Something.”
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We would like our residents to know that Antelope Valley Union High School District, diligently works hand-in-hand with the officers and personnel at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, along with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), to create the safest schools possible.
Every threat, whether it be verbal or on social media is taken seriously by our staff and investigated immediately and thoroughly. LASD investigations have shown that a large majority of these threats are made by students as a “joke” or “prank.” PARENTS: This is where we need your help. Talk to your students about the serious consequences of making these types of “jokes” and “pranks.” Regardless of their intention, these threats are unlawful and it is important that our students understand that thoroughly.
IT IS CRUCIAL THAT PARENTS TAKE ACTION WHEN NECESSARY. HERE IS WHAT PARENTS AND GUARDIANS CAN DO TO HELP:
- Ensure your student knows and understands the severity of making a false threat. It is difficult to tell if a comment is a “joke” until it has been investigated thoroughly. There could be criminal, civil, financial and administrative consequences at both school level and Sheriff’s Department level.
- Stay connected and monitor your student’s social media activities. Direct messages on sites such as Instagram and Facebook allow your student to send/receive private messages.
- Reach out to teachers, staff, principal, deputies or other trained professionals if you see behavior indicative of self-harm or harm to others.
- If you see or hear something, SAY SOMETHING! Our schools and community’s safety is everyone’s responsibility.
- We can help our students get the most out of their educational experience by working together to create the safest schools possible. If you have any questions, contact your school.