District Emergency Operations Plan revision presented to school board

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The school board reviewed the draft for the 2018-2019 Winters Joint Unified School District (WJUSD) Emergency Operations Plan at their meeting Thursday, Sept 6. Roy Owens, WJUSD Director of Maintenance, Operations and Facilities, presented the draft for the annual review noting updates and major changes were made after much input from Winters parents, local  and yolo county emergency services. The most notable changes included a new title of “Violence Prevention & Emergency Operations Plan,” and the  additions of an 8-step targeted violence prevention plan, reunification procedures and a Crisis response phone tree. “The most recent study conducted by US Department of Homeland Security, US Secret Service along with within the social science research field was provided by Police Chief John Miller,” said Owens in an email to the Express. “This study, unlike similar studies in the past, included a comprehensive targeted violence prevention plan.” Owens also reported the placement of a “report” link on the district website a parent handout trifold are in the stages of being finalized. WJUSD Superintendent Todd Cutler acknowledged Owen’s work in following up with the different government entities for review of all the documents and serving as the committee chair for the Winters Campus Safety Advisory Committee to discuss school safety concerns with parents. “Roy has worked diligently,” said Cutler. WJUSD Intermediate After School Discovery Education Program Cutler presented a new education service to the board for fourth and fifth graders at Shirley Rominger Intermediate School that is intended to start on Sept. 17. The Intermediate After School Discovery Education Program gives student participants opportunities to be learn about robotics, tech coding, Spanish and fine arts. He said they’re currently looking to do add a gardening/floral component. Winters Elementary schools Assistant Principal Tecera Philbrook is the program lead and can help to answer questions. “Our intention is to pilot this in the fall to determine if we continue in the spring,” said Cutler. The program is a pay to attend program. Families who qualify for the free or reduced component through the district will also be qualified for a reduced rate adjusted accordingly. Winters Combined Parent Teacher Association (PTA) Winters PTA President Lisa Dennis and Membership Chair Cindy Jordling presented to the board the different ways the Winters PTA has contributed to helping fund events and support teachers at Winters Elementary schools (WES). Dennis shared that last year Winters PTA gave:

  • A total of $7,800 – broken down to $1,300 for each grade Kindergarten through fifth) to mainly pay for buses to transport students for field trips.
  • $1,700 for classroom supplies – broken down to $50 for every teacher (including staff for special education, arts and STEAM programs).
  • $2,000 for school assemblies and activities.
  • Free admission to family events (at least four minimum each school year).
  • A free spirit shirt for every WES student.
“We want everyone to feel included in our Winters Elementary schools community,” said Dennis. “These t-shirts are really instrumental in doing so.” Jordling reminded board members and meeting attendants that it’s only $10 to join the Winter PTA and there’s no time commitment required. She also presented about the two business membership levels available that helps the Winter PTA to give a free spirit shirt to students. “The more you support the more we can accomplish,” said Jordling. Dennis passed out Winters PTA event calendars and invited everyone to attend or volunteer at an event this year. “We love to see the community involved,” said Dennis. “Be a hero, Join the PTA.”]]>

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