LOS ANGELES (Oct. 18, 2016) – Today, the Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education unanimously proclaimed the week of Oct. 16-22, as “America’s Safe Schools Week.” During this week, and throughout the year, community members are called upon to enhance the learning experiences of young people by helping to ensure a fair and nurturing school climate, promote good citizenship, and generally make school safe and secure.
"Safe, secure, and peaceful school environments are critically important,” said Board Member Mónica Ratliff, a teacher and sponsor of the resolution. “I’m grateful to my colleagues for reaffirming L.A. Unified’s commitment to school safety and commitment to working collaboratively to promote and ensure safe schools.”
“I am grateful that this Board has recognized this week to ensure we are creating safe and welcoming spaces for our students and staff,” said resolution co-sponsor Board Member Dr. Ref Rodriguez. “Our office has been collaborating with district staff, law enforcement, and other government entities that are working to provide safe passages for our students, and we are building direct, personal relationships with community members to build and maintain trust.”
“Our students need your help and deserve safe schools. Every individual can help make our schools safer,” said School Board Member Mónica García, who also co-sponsored the resolution.
Established by the National School Safety Center in 1984, “America’s Safe Schools Week” promotes keeping campuses free of violence, improving student discipline policies, and increasing student attendance.
Contact: Shannon Haber (213) 241-6766