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Re: [March4Education] Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High

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  • Alicia Pohl
    Mr. Cohen, Hello sir. We would still like to know how the issues of safety for our children & teachers on our secondary schools here in the district are
    Message 1 of 2 , Oct 8, 2004
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      Mr. Cohen,

      Hello sir.
      We would still like to know how the issues of safety for our children & teachers on our secondary schools here in the district are addressed. What exactly is the role of the security guard on the campuses? How do you spread
      out 2 site supervisors to ensure safety of over 1,000
      kids? And when someone calls to the school to complain about truants, how can we follow up on these calls?

      Yes, I know we had to cut our site supervisors. We need
      to all come up with ideas on how to give the sites additional help in the area of SAFETY and truancy just to begin with.
      Whatever it takes is what we are all thinking.

      So as our Superintendent in charge of the Secondary schools, we look to you for some answers or at least a place for
      us to get started. I have a son in high school. While he is not scared to go to school, he has said many times if some
      big conflict gets started on the campus, he feels that there would be big trouble. While
      the Pinole police department and their backup is MOST APPRECIATED, this can not be the case in every scenario. (calling for outside assistance)
      What is our plan in place for this?

      If you could reply, it would be most appreciated.
      Thank You
      Alicia Pohl

      From: Alicia
      To: March4Education@yahoogroups.com ; wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com
      Cc: Karen Fenton ; Charles Ramsey ; Glen Price ; George Harris ; cruger1@... ; karenepfeifer@... ; howard.cohen@... ; Gloria.Johnston@... ; dbrown247@... ; Wilie Cobb ; rthaman@... ; david.barbour@... ; Paul Ehara
      Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 10:00 AM
      Subject: Re: [March4Education] Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High


      Tammy,
      Much thanks for your follow up and posting the response from the Pinole Chief of Police.

      Now we would like to hear from Dr. Howard Cohen, Regional Superintendent Secondary Schools West Contra Costa Unified School Distict, his knowledge of the indicidents (and others like this) and what our school security is on the campus to do.

      I am sending this also to our Board of Trustees to make sure they see the reply, as well as the candidates for school board since safety of our teachers and students is a big concern for everyone.

      Thank You
      Alicia Pohl
      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Tammera Campbell
      To: wccusdtalk@yahoogroups.com ; march4education@yahoogroups.com
      Sent: Tuesday, October 05, 2004 2:35 AM
      Subject: [March4Education] Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High


      This is the response our city received from our chief today when asked about the response to the incident at PVHS. Our chief responded quickly to our concerns. Hopefully this explains the response issue. I am thankful that I have a city police department that will respond.
      Tammy Campbell

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Concerned Parents
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 4:43 PM
      Subject: FW: FW: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High



      -----Original Message-----
      From: Jim Rose
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 4:14 PM
      To: 'Tammy Campbell'; Belinda Espinosa; Concerned Parents
      Cc: Pete Janke
      Subject: RE: FW: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High


      Dear Mr. McFarland and Concerned Parents:

      Upon receiving your attached email, my staff researched this call for service at PInole Valley High School. It was learned that Caroline King, a teacher at the school, called 911 on a cellular telephone to report the fight. She reached the California Highway Patrol Communications Center. The CHP Dispatcher immediately reported the fight to the Pinole Police Dispatcher. Officers were immediately dispatched to Pinole Valley High School. The first Pinole Officer arrived at the school within 2 minutes of the call.

      The Pinole Police Department works closely with the Pinole Valley High School Administration, as well as with all administrators at schools within the City of Pinole. We respond to all calls for service at the schools. The schools are within our jurisdiction and we do not require to be called by a school administrator in order to respond to a crime at any of the schools. Each school has their own internal security setup to monitor and handle incidents at their locations. There are times when they will handle an incident and the Pinole Police Department is not called. Sometimes this can be rather confusing to the parents that are involved. However, as I indicated we respond to all calls within the City of Pinole.

      Please let me know if I can be of any further assistance.


      Jim Rose
      Chief of Police
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Tammy Campbell [mailto:Tammera.Campbell@...]
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 4:06 PM
      To: Jim Rose; Belinda Espinosa
      Subject: Fw: FW: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High


      Please read the problem that occurred at PVHS the other day and what the parent said about the police department and lack of response. I do understand that resources are tight, but could you please respond so I can send something out on the wire to assure people that there is a commitment from the PD. Remember it is also an election year.
      Tammy

      ----- Original Message -----
      From: Concerned Parents
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 10:34 AM
      Subject: FW: FW: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High



      -----Original Message-----
      From: Lindsey Krueger [mailto:lkrueger@...]
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 9:01 AM
      To: Concerned Parents
      Subject: RE: FW: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High


      Question . . . . If law enforcement is unable to respond to a 911 call in an emergency unless it was placed by "school administration", what about emergency medical services? Can they respond? Or must school administration call them as well before they can assist our children?
      -----Original Message-----
      From: Concerned Parents [mailto:Parents@...]
      Sent: Monday, October 04, 2004 8:03 AM
      Subject: FW: FW: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High



      -----Original Message-----
      From: Wilke Vanessa [mailto:xstitching54@...]
      Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 6:12 PM
      To: Concerned Parents
      Subject: Re: FW: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High


      Send it wherever and to whomever may be able to correct the situation and
      give teachers the authority to act with their best judgement and have a response
      to get them the help they need!

      Concerned Parents <Parents@...> wrote:

      -----Original Message-----
      From: mikewitz2 [mailto:mikewitz2@...]
      Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 11:09 AM
      To: Concerned Parents
      Subject: RE: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High


      Vanessa - do you mind if I send this to the VPs at school? If yes, with or without your name?



      -----Original Message-----
      From: Concerned Parents [mailto:Parents@...]
      Sent: Friday, October 01, 2004 8:02 AM
      Subject: FW: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High





      -----Original Message-----
      From: Wilke Vanessa [mailto:xstitching54@...]
      Sent: Thursday, September 30, 2004 9:34 PM
      To: Concerned Parents; John Miner; etree@...
      Subject: Lack of Security at Pinole Valley High

      My son, who is a Junior at Pinole Valley has informed me that he does not feel safe at

      school. He said there are apparently 2 site supervisors and 1 security guard who he has

      yet to see do anything. During class time students are constantly wandering the halls.

      At lunch students are running all over campus including thru the halls which he did not

      think was allowed. Yesterday a he told me how his English teacher was forced out of

      her classroom at lunch and two girls were in the room fighting, when she did get to

      re-enter there was blood all over. She called 911 to get help from the Pinole P.D., she

      was told that it was out of their jurisdiction and they could not respond unless called by

      the school administration.She was responding to the immediate situation when she needed assistance. The teacher was frustrated by the "process" to get help to

      the classroom in an emergency. You have to push a button, wait for someone to answer, for the one security guard to respond. Is this the protocol if an angry student was to be flashing a weapon as well? I don't like the fact that I am trusting the judgement of my sons teachers and staff of the school to keep him safe while at school

      and the "rules" do not seem to allow them to do so!

      Why can't the teachers also receive support they need? When a teacher is faced with trying to control an out of control situation, most likely involving multiple students why should that teacher be unable to request help from the police department in our

      community? At the same time this girl fight was happening students prevented another

      fight from breaking out nearby when one group of students began taunting kids who

      were minding their own business. What if that too erupted into a fight? School has only

      been in session for 5 1/2 weeks... do we envision the supervision getting better, having

      more control? Why are students allowed to wander the school? Why are students

      allowed to sit out near the sidewalk area of Pinole Valley Road when classes are

      in session? I witness this every day. Who "should" I contact for answers to my

      questions and more importantly who can the teachers contact for protection of themselves and innocent students if not our police department?? If a teacher calls 911

      I believe they do so with good reason, I want a quick and rapid response to aid them.

      If the school itself,and or the district, is unable to provide a safe learning environment for our students then they better not deny access to help from the city when needed!

      Awaiting a reply....

      Sincerely,

      Vanessa Wilke

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