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RUSD devises safety plan

Being kept under wrap to avoid helping terrorists

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POSTED March 14, 2013 1:43 a.m.

In an effort to prevent campus crime and violence, public schools throughout the state are now required to have a comprehensive school safety plan in place.

Ripon Unified, in complying with this new state mandate, recently developed such a plan that includes the district working in cooperation with local law enforcement agencies, community leaders, parents, pupils, teachers, and administrators.

“The safety plans can be found on-site at each of the campuses,” said Sue Harper at last Monday’s school board meeting.

RUSD director of student services added that the safety plans differ slightly per campus and are available at those respective sites for review.

“It’s not published in effort to avoid terrorists from having knowledge,” Superintendent Louise Johnson said.

According to the state code, a safety plan is defined as “a plan to develop strategies aimed at the prevention of, and education about, potential incidents involving crime and violence on the school campus.”

RUSD officials called it “a fluid document that is updated throughout the year as needed.”

Trustees, for the most part, had yet to see the safety plans. They opted to hold off voting on the matter until next month’s meeting.

“I’d like to review the plan,” said Kit Oase, who was assured by Harper that the district had been working closely with the Ripon Police Department while also seeking input from the Ripon Fire Department on the matter.

Ernie Tyhurst also wanted to become more familiar with the school safety plans.

“I’d feel more comfortable if I saw the plans,” he said. “I want to vote knowing what the plans look like and what’s contained in them.”

The board, in addition, was shorthanded at the meeting held at the Ripon City Hall Council Chambers, with Tyhurst, Oase and board President Donna Parks in attendance at the monthly session.

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