Safety and Safe Schools

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Safety and Safe Schools

The purpose of the Safety and Safe Schools Department is to provide a multi-level safety and climate support system across the district to maintain the safety of our students, staff and community.

The focus of the Safety and Safe Schools Department is to provide a safe and welcoming learning environment where students feel connected to their schools while building a culture that embraces diversity. Additionally, the Safety and Safe Schools Department strives to provide social-emotional support and the integration of restorative practices in its daily work. Ensuring that student and staff safety is addressed, and developing and maintaining a streamlined communication system, both at the district and school level, on-going training and monitoring to maintain preparedness for possible risks, while addressing facility safety at all sites remains a top priority.

The Safety and Safe Schools Department partners with the Sacramento Police Department to provide resources and support to sites. As part of this partnership and ongoing commitment to safety, School Resource Officers (SRO’s) support safety efforts of students, staff, and families in our district. As an added layer to this department, Safety and Climate Liaisons have been assigned primarily to the elementary and K-8 schools to support safety and assist sites in the implementation of Restorative Practices, Trauma Informed Practices, Positive Behavior Intervention and Support and other programs that support students.

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Department Contacts 

Rick Messer, Associate Superintendent
Shannon Henry, Director
Rachel Vaughn, Administrative Assistant
Julie Sarell, School Safety and Information Specialist/Dispatcher
Ben Mendoza, Safety and Climate Liaison
Claude Noble, Safety and Climate Liaison
Isaac Smith, Safety and Climate Liaison
Jarman Leach, Field Operations Consultant


General Department Inquiries:

(916) 567-5400


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