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Suicide Prevention Awareness Month
September is national Suicide Prevention Awareness Month, and in support of our students, we are launching “Take 2,” a very important suicide prevention campaign.
 
Take 2 will take place at all our schools and charges students to “Take 2” minutes to talk about suicide prevention, to support a friend, to reach out for help if needed, and to care for themselves.
 
Supported by our District’s mental health professionals, we have many events planned at your student’s school focused on prevention. We encourage you to please take 2 minutes to discuss the message of suicide prevention with your child, and visit our resources about teen suicide prevention, as well as mental health and overall well-being.
 
And always remember, we are here to help. You can reach out to us by contacting your student’s counselor or contacting us at Student Services at 661-729-2321.
 
AV Community Resource Fair
A Safety Message from Antelope Valley Union High School District
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 schools.
 
In April and June 2018, we conducted safety reviews of our 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. We also incorporated additional training with the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station and revised student, staff and visitor identification processes.
 
For more than 25 years, we have had a dedicated school deputy on campus each day. In addition to this, we continue to focus on our students’ social emotional needs through various programs and counseling outreach, provide safety training to our students and staff, and underscore the importance of vigilance through “See Something, Say Something.”
 
Click below to see safety enhancements by school. If you have questions or feedback, please contact us.
 

Antelope Valley High School
Desert Winds High School
Eastside High School
Highland High School
Knight High School
Lancaster High School
Littlerock High School
Palmdale High School
Quartz Hill High School
R. Rex Parris High School
SOAR High School
 

A Letter from Superintendent Dr. David J. Vierra to AVUHSD Community

May 24, 2018

Dear Antelope Valley Union High School District Parents/Guardians,

As you know, on May 11, 2018, our community suffered a traumatic event at Highland High School. This incident has weighed heavy on all our hearts, and we continue to support one another through the healing process.

Tragically, one of our students was injured. We are collectively relieved to know that he is on the road to recovery, and I know you join me in keeping him and his entire family in our prayers. 

The resiliency our staff and students have demonstrated is inspiring. I am incredibly proud of how parents, students, staff, and the community have come together during this very difficult time. We know how important it is to provide ongoing support in the form of counseling and resources to all those affected as they heal from this traumatic experience, and we continue to do so.

The safety of our students and staff continues to be the number one priority, and we are committed to doing all we can to provide a secure learning environment. I want you to know that we have a standing practice of continuously reviewing our safety protocols.

Each of our schools has a dedicated school deputy who is on campus each day; we believe this is important in supporting our security staff. We also have various drills and training for students and staff throughout the school year, and we continue to underscore the importance of vigilance through “See Something, Say Something.”

As recently as April 2018, in light of recent school shootings, our District began conducting “school safety walks.” During these “walks,” District and school leadership, as well as law enforcement partners discussed safety priorities, identifying things that work well, and things we want to change or improve.

Through this effort, we identified various potential improvements - some of which applied to multiple schools, while others were specific to a particular school. While we are still in the process of developing the details, I want to share some of the things we are considering for our schools, which include enhanced fencing, additional security personnel, updated surveillance cameras, front entrance modifications, and an online visitor entrance system. We expect to provide more details of what this will look like in the coming months.

As we continue to review our processes internally and externally with our community and law enforcement partners, we will share updates with you. I invite you to continue to share your feedback with me as well.

We know how important it is to communicate with you in a timely manner about important and emergency school matters. If you haven’t already, please download the Antelope Valley Union High School District app and follow us on Facebook @AVUHSD. If you need to update your contact information in school records, please contact your school, and someone will help you through that process.

Attached you will find a document that outlines various resources for you and your student. Should you need additional assistance in locating the proper support, please contact your school directly.

Thank you for your continued support as we work to do all we can to provide a safe, positive learning environment for all our students and staff.

Sincerely,

David J. Vierra, Ph. D.
Superintendent
Antelope Valley Union High School District

 

SPANISH:

24 de mayo de 2018

Estimados Padres/Tutores del Antelope Valley Union High School District,

Como ustedes saben, el 11 de mayo de 2018, nuestra comunidad sufrió un evento traumático en Highland High School. Este incidente ha pesado en todos nuestros corazones y seguimos apoyándonos unos a otros a través del proceso de curación.

Trágicamente, uno de nuestros estudiantes resultó herido. Estamos conjuntamente aliviados de saber que él está en el camino hacia la recuperación y sé que ustedes se unen a mí para mantenerlo a él y a toda su familia en nuestras oraciones.

La fuerza de recuperación que nuestro personal y estudiantes han demostrado es inspiradora. Estoy increíblemente orgulloso de cómo los padres, estudiantes, personal y la comunidad se han unido durante este momento tan difícil. Sabemos lo importante que es proporcionar apoyo continuo en forma de consejería y recursos a todos los afectados a medida que se recuperan de esta experiencia traumática, y nosotros seguimos haciéndolo.

La seguridad de nuestros alumnos y el personal continúa siendo la prioridad número uno y nos comprometemos a hacer todo lo posible para proporcionar un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro. Quiero que ustedes sepan que tenemos una práctica permanente de revisar continuamente nuestros protocolos de seguridad.

Cada una de nuestras escuelas tiene un policía escolar dedicado, que está en el campus todos los días; creemos que esto es importante para apoyar a nuestro personal de seguridad. También tenemos varios ejercicios y capacitaciones para los estudiantes y el personal a lo largo del año escolar, y seguimos destacando la importancia de la vigilancia a través de "Ver algo, decir algo".

Recientemente, en abril de 2018, debido a los recientes tiroteos en las escuelas, nuestro Distrito comenzó a realizar "caminatas de seguridad escolar". Durante estas "caminatas", los líderes distritales y escolares, así como miembros de las fuerzas del orden discutieron las prioridades de seguridad, identificando cosas que funcionan bien, y cosas que queremos cambiar o mejorar.

A través de este esfuerzo, identificamos varias mejoras potenciales, algunas de las cuales aplican a varias escuelas, mientras que otras son específicas de una escuela en particular. Mientras todavía estamos en el proceso de desarrollar los detalles, quiero compartir algunas de las cosas que estamos considerando para nuestras escuelas, que incluyen cercas mejoradas, personal de seguridad adicional, cámaras de vigilancia actualizadas, modificaciones a la entrada principal y un sistema de ingreso de visitantes en línea. En los próximos meses, nosotros esperamos proporcionar más detalles de cómo se verá esto.

A medida que continuemos revisando nuestros procesos internamente y externamente con nuestra comunidad y nuestros miembros encargados de hacer cumplir la ley, compartiremos las actualizaciones con ustedes. Los invito a que continúen compartiendo sus comentarios conmigo.

Sabemos lo importante que es comunicarse con usted de manera temprana sobre asuntos escolares importantes y de emergencia. Si aún no lo ha hecho, descargue la aplicación de “Antelope Valley Union High School District” y síganos en Facebook @AVUHSD. Si necesita actualizar su información de contacto en los registros escolares, por favor comuníquese con su escuela y alguien lo ayudará con ese proceso.

Adjunto encontrará un documento que describe varios recursos para usted y su estudiante. Si necesita asistencia adicional para encontrar el soporte adecuado, comuníquese directamente con su escuela.

Gracias por su apoyo continuo a medida que trabajamos para hacer todo lo posible para proporcionar un entorno de aprendizaje seguro y positivo para todos nuestros alumnos y personal.

 

Sinceramente,

 

David J. Vierra, Ph. D.

Superintendente

Antelope Valley Union High School District