Monday, August 24, 2015

NEWS RELEASE FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Back-to-School Safety Reminders

NEWS RELEASE

August 24, 2015

Contact: Ursula Kroemer, Chief Public Information Officer, 760-705-6919

 

Back-to-School Safety Reminders

           

 

SAN DIEGO - With the new school year beginning on Tuesday, Sept. 8, it is important for students, parents and the public to remember to they need to exercise additional caution on or around school campuses. To ensure maximum safety for all students, the San Diego Unified School District suggests students and parents abide by the following guidelines set by the National Safe Kids Campaign.

Walking to School

Pedestrian injuries are the second leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children ages 5-14.

To avoid injury:

·         Never let children under age 10 cross the street alone.

·         Teach children to recognize and obey traffic signals and pavement markings.

·         Choose the safest route between home and school and practice walking it with children until they can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.

 

Remind kids to:

·         Cross streets only in crosswalks; never enter streets from between parked cars or from behind shrubbery.

·         Always look both ways before crossing the street.

·         Walk—don't run—across intersections.

·         A flashing "walk" signal does not mean it's safe to cross.

·         Use the same route every day and avoid shortcuts.

·         Don't speak to strangers; if a stranger approaches, tell a trusted adult such as a parent or teacher.

Riding the Bus

More than 11,000 district students take the bus each day. Although bus travel is one of the safest ways to get to and from school, injuries can still occur, and most of them take place when children are getting on or off the bus.

Some safety tips for riding the bus are:

·         Arrive at the bus stop at least 10 minutes before the scheduled arrival of the bus.

·         Stay out of the street and don't horseplay while waiting.

·         Wait for the bus to come to a complete stop before getting on or off.

·         Remain seated and keep head and arms inside the bus at all times.

·         Do not shout or distract the driver.

·         Do not walk in the driver's "blind spot" -- the area from the front of the bus to about 12 feet in front of the bus.

Riding Bicycles

Bicycles are associated with more childhood injuries than any other consumer product except the car.

To make sure children are safe when riding bicycles to school:

·         Check with your school principal to make sure bicycles are allowed. Some schools do not allow them.

·         Wear a helmet! State law requires it, and failure to wear one could result in a traffic citation. More importantly, helmets can reduce the risk of head injury by as much as 85 percent.

·         Obey rules of the road; the rules are the same for all vehicles, including bicycles.

·         Stay on the right-hand side of the road and ride in the same direction as traffic.

·         Know and use appropriate hand signals.

·         Choose the safest route between home and school and practice it with children until they can demonstrate traffic safety awareness.

Driving

Motor vehicle accidents are the leading cause of unintentional injury-related deaths among children age 14 and under.

To reduce the risk of injury:

·         Always use child safety seats and safety belts correctly when driving or riding in a car.

·         Arrive early—especially the first few weeks of school—and use the school's designated student drop-off and pick-up zone.

·         Do not double park or make u-turns in front of the school. Police officers are issuing citations for traffic violations and there is no warning or grace period.

·         Children should enter and leave the car on its curb side.

·         NEVER TEXT WHILE DRIVING. It’s the law.

 

It is important for parents to remember to always set a good example for children, whether walking, riding or driving.

 

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Post Notice of Cancellation: ICOC Finance/Audit Subcommittee, August 27, 2015

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Meeting Cancellation: ICOC Finance/Audit Subcommittee, Thursday, August 27, 2015.
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3230

 

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post notice in a prominent, publicly accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services Office

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

 

Wednesday, August 19, 2015

Post ACUESP Revised Notice of Special Meeting and Agenda, August 28, 2015

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Revised Notice of Special Meeting/Agenda—Property Tour: Advisory Committee on Utilization of Excess School Property (ACUESP), Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:15 a.m.
Committee Meeting Information:  http://www.sandi.net/Page/75878

 

Please forward to staff as appropriate and print notice and agenda and post in a prominent, publicly accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services Office

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

 

Tuesday, August 18, 2015

Post ACUESP Meeting Notices and Agenda

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Meeting Cancellation: Advisory Committee on Utilization of Excess School Property (ACUESP), Friday, August 28, 2015

·         Notice of Special Meeting/Agenda—Property Tour: Advisory Committee on Utilization of Excess School Property (ACUESP), Friday, August 28, 2015, 10:15 a.m.
Committee Meeting Information:  http://www.sandi.net/Page/75878

 

Please forward to staff as appropriate and print notices and agenda and post in a prominent, publicly accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services Office

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY FROM THE SAN DIEGO UNIFIED SCHOOL DISTRICT: Free Military Appreciation Event to Assist Families Prepare for New School Year on Aug. 15

Aug. 11, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY
Contact: Linda Zintz, communications director, 619- 847-6637

FREE MILITARY APPRECIATION EVENT TO HELP FAMILIES, CHILDREN PREPARE FOR NEW SCHOOL YEAR

WHAT:  San Diego Unified School District serves more than 11,000 military-connected students each year. Many are new to the area and will be entering a new school in San Diego Unified on  September 8, 2015.  To help make the transition easier for these families and get a head-start on back-to-school preparations, the district, along with the Navy and the Marine Corp, is hosting a Military Enrollment and Family Appreciation Event. The event, also supported by International Relief, is free and open to all military families living within the service boundaries of San Diego Unified School District. All attendees will receive a free lunch and students will receive free school supplies.

WHEN: Saturday, Aug. 15, 2015
7-9 a.m.    Hundreds of volunteers from the Navy, Marine Corps and International Relief will help staff set-up for the event.

9 a.m. to 2 p.m.   Hundreds of families will have the opportunity to enroll their student(s), gather helpful information from military and community organizations and district departments; participate in activities and games; and receive free required immunizations if needed.

9:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Marine Corps Strolling Band will perform

10 a.m., noon, 1 p.m.  Opportunity drawings for military families in attendance

11 a.m. to 1 p.m.   Free BBQ Lunch prepared and served by San Diego Unified Food Services

12 p.m. Noon:  Recognition Ceremony with San Diego Unified Supt. Cindy Marten; Col. John P. Farnam, outgoing Commanding Officer, and Col. J. Woodworth, incoming Commanding Officer, Marine Corps Air Station Miramar; and Capt. Curt Jones, Commanding Officer, Naval Base San Diego

WHERE: Serra High School, 5156 Santo Road, San Diego (92124)

INTERVIEWS: Military families, personnel and volunteers; staff and volunteers from San Diego Unified; and representatives from more than 50 military and community agencies. Supt. Cindy Marten, Col. John P. Farnam, Col. J. Woodworth and Capt. Curt Jones will be available between 11:30 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. for interviews

VISUALS: Outdoor activities with children, families and military personnel including face-painting, tug-of-war, obstacle course, sack race and art projects.  School Police K9 Officer Blitz will be in attendance along with a clown making balloon animals.

Media contact: Linda Zintz, communications director, San Diego Unified School District, 619- 847-6637 (mobile)

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Linda Zintz

Communications Director

8lzintz@sandi.net

(619-725-5578 office

(619-847-6637 mobile

 

 

 

Monday, August 3, 2015

Post Notice of Cancellation: ICOC Executive/Governance Subcommittee, August 6, 2015

PLEASE NOTE:

·         Notice of Meeting Cancellation: ICOC Construction Subcommittee, Thursday, August 6, 2015
Committee Meeting Information: http://www.sandi.net/Page/3228   

 

Please forward to staff and as appropriate print and post agenda(s) and/or notice(s) in a prominent, publicly accessible location at your site.

 

Thank you.

 

 

Josefina Viorato

Confidential Administrative Assistant II

Board Services Office

4100 Normal Street, Room 2231

San Diego, CA  92103

( (619) 725-5551

7 (619) 297-5624

* jviorato@sandi.net

 

 

 

“If your actions inspire others to dream more, learn more, do more, and become more, you are a leader.” – John Quincy Adams

 

Friday, July 31, 2015

MEDIA ADVISORY -- School Counselors Summit: Navigating the College Process

MEDIA ADVISORY from San Diego Unified School District, July 31, 2015

 

School Counselors Summit: Navigating the College Process; Mapping strategies for achieving objectives of the Reach Higher Initiative                                                    

 

WHAT: San Diego Unified School District school counselors will participate in a Summer Institute on “Navigating the College Process” – a three-day series of workshops bringing together district school counselors and administrators from the University of California San Diego (UCSD), San Diego State University (SDSU), the San Diego Community College District (SDCCD) and the California Student Opportunity and Access Program (Cal-SOAP) to improve the capacity of district school counselors in navigating the college admissions process for their students.

 

WHEN: Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, August 3-5, 2015

 

WHERE: Monday and Wednesday, August 3 & 5, 2015 – UCSD Price Center Ballroom East; Tuesday, August 4, 2015, SDSU Templo Mayor, Conrad Prebys Aztec Student Union

 

DETAILS: School counselors from the district's high school campuses will participate, along with school counselors from several of the district elementary and middle schools.  One of many objectives will be mapping out strategies for achieving objectives of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher initiative.

 

The Reach Higher initiative will help make sure all students understand what they need to complete their education, including:

- Exposing students to college and career opportunities

-  Understanding financial aid eligibility that can make affording college a reality

-  Encouraging academic planning and summer learning opportunities

-  Supporting high school counselors who can help more kids get into college

 

SPEAKERS: Numerous speakers and presenters will be available, representing San Diego Unified, UCSD, SDSU and SDCCD.  They include:

-  Melissa Janak, Director of Counseling and Guidance, San Diego Unified

-  Mae Brown, Assistant Vice Chancellor Admission and Enrollment, UCSD

-  Becky Petitt, Vice Chancellor, Office for Equity, Diversity and Inclusion, UCSD

-  Matthew Hebert, Director, Student Recruitment and School Relations, SDSU

-  Lynn Ceresino Neault, Vice Chancellor, Student Services, SDCCD

-  Shirley Balbin-Stracher, Associate Vice Chancellor Admission and Enrollment Services and Evaluations, UCSD

-  Jennifer Atkins, International Admissions Officer, UCSD

-  Julianna Barnes, Vice President Student Services, Mesa College/SDCCD

-  Gerald Ramsey, Vice President Student Services, Miramar College/SDCCD

-  Brian Ellison, Vice President Student Services, San Diego Continuing Education/SDCCD

-  Matthew Hebert, SDSU Director Student Recruitment and School Relations

-  Laura Owen, SDSU Assistant Professor Department of Counseling and School Psychology

(Please see program for complete list of speakers)

 

PHOTOS: School counselors at workshops with university/college partners

 

CONTACT: Ursula Kroemer, chief public information officer, 619-760-6919