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Board Briefs – Oct. 23, 2018

Here are a few highlights from the San Juan Unified Board of Education’s most recent regular meeting on Tuesday, Oct. 23 (the full agenda packet can be found here).


Board hears update on Safe Schools program


Staff provided the board with an update on the changes made to the Safe Schools program this school year. For 30 years, the Safe Schools program has been a partnership between the district and local law enforcement, focused on keeping San Juan Unified students, staff and community safe and ready to learn.


In 2016, the district began to evaluate options to ensure the program was keeping pace with emerging safety needs and to address concerns regarding the program’s underlying structure. This year, the district has implemented a new hybrid model designed to provide schools with consistent coverage that fosters preventative relationship building while maintaining our ability to respond quickly and appropriately to critical incidents in close coordination with the district’s partners in the Sacramento Sheriff’s Department and City of Citrus Heights Police Department.


The district has created seven community safety specialist positions that form the new backbone of the program and the front line of our safety training, prevention and response efforts. They work with uniformed off-duty Sacramento Sheriff’s deputies contracted by the district and two school resource officers provided by the City of Citrus Heights. Each specialist, who has a minimum of five years in law enforcement or school safety experience, is zoned to a specific set of schools and works that area each day allowing them to develop strong relationships focused on training and prevention.


The full presentation is available. The board also adopted a resolution honoring the 30-year partnership with Safe Schools at the meeting.


Results shared from 2018 English Language Proficiency Assessments for California


In the spring of 2018, state testing for English learners migrated to the new English Language Proficiency Assessments for California (ELPAC). This assessment replaced the California English Language Development test (CELDT), which began in 2000-2001. The new assessments are aligned to the 2012 English language development standards and will be used as one measure to guide student placement, monitor progress toward English fluency, and to recommend reclassification for English learners.


Staff shared results from the 2018 ELPAC with the board, as well as how results of the assessment are used in support of English learners. Overall, 18.6 percent of English Language Learners scored at the Level 4 (Well Developed). The full presentation with results is available.


In other news…

  • The board adopted a resolution proclaiming the week of Nov. 12-16 as School Psychology Week.
  • The board heard an update on the district’s outreach and awareness efforts.


The Board of Education will hold its next regular meeting Tuesday, Nov. 13 in the district office Board Room. Agendas are posted online Fridays before each meeting and can be found here.