Statement Regarding Mass Shooting in San Bernardino from L.A. Unified Superintendent Ramon C. Cortines

On behalf of the Los Angeles Unified School District, I am deeply saddened by today’s horrifying event at the Inland Regional Center in San Bernardino.

I want to remind principals, teachers, custodians, cafeteria workers, bus drivers and all employees that if you see something, say something.

I also want to assure all parents, students and staff that safety is the top priority of L.A. Unified. There is no threat at our schools at this time. Every building and school within this District has a safety plan in place.

On a daily basis, the Los Angeles School Police Department deploys more than 200 police officers. In addition, public safety and mental health agencies work to ensure there are planning, preparation, response and mitigation for incidents that may affect safety.

Every school in L.A. Unified has a crisis team to assist students and staff in dealing with the aftermath of critical incidents. The District’s nationally recognized crisis counselors are equipped to handle any emergency. If a student needs additional support, please notify the school’s administrator immediately.

I want all staff – both certificated and classified – to know that your efforts are appreciated every day. I offer my condolences to the victims in San Bernardino, and my assurances to our L.A. Unified family that safety remains the number one priority.

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Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766

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