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Hello VUSD Families,


The recent school shooting in Florida is a horrible reminder that our worst nightmare is happening more and more. As we move forward through our fear for our own children and grief for families at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School, I wanted to share what VUSD has and will continue to do to address school safety.


School violence is a complex issue. As a district we have worked to identify the aspects of school violence beyond legislation that we can directly control and impact in our schools.


As adults, the action that we can take today which serves as the foundation for a positive school climate is helping students understand the importance of respect, compassion, understanding and support of each other; face to face, on social media, at school and at home. We can model this behavior and help students look for understanding of each other. Our schools serve students with a wide range of emotional, physical and intellectual needs and it is important that we foster a culture that is inclusive of everyone. Sometimes behaviors we witness are misunderstood or present an opportunity to provide a student with needed support. However, consistent and understood consequences for students who choose to threaten, demean or bully others at school or online is also key.


A consistent and clear emergency response plan is also vital in keeping our students safe and addressing any potential threat on campus. We are in our fourth year of practicing the Standard Response Protocols (Lockdown, Lockout, Evacuate, Shelter). This plan was developed with guidance from the Vacaville Police Department. Vacaville PD is at the center of all our emergency responses and their expertise and support has been invaluable. A police sergeant and four school resource police officers are based on school campuses and serve all of our schools with safety and crime issues. Our emergency plan also includes monthly drills for students and staff as well as trainings for parents. I invite you to attend our next parent-training event on February 27th at 5:30 PM at 401 Nut Tree Road.


Our 2017-18 educational plan (LCAP) has also included funding and programing to systemically address social and emotional wellness for students. Each school has adopted systems of Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) that include teaching positive behaviors and offering a wide range of supports to fit each individual student’s needs. This includes sixteen mental health clinicians, therapists, and interns, school counselors, deans at secondary schools and school administration. The City of Vacaville also has a community service officer, two master social workers, family support workers and program managers who work to serve and support VUSD students as well.


Positive school climate and safety is an ongoing effort that must be the highest priority for the school district, parents, students, city and our community. Supporting students positively as they grow not only effects our school environment but our city as a whole.


If you have any questions or concerns about safety, please reach out to your school principal, district administration listed below or myself.


Director of Student Attendance and Welfare- Ramiro Barron (707) 453-7126 ext. 226

Assistant Superintendent of Student Services- Kim Forrest (707) 453-7201

Director of Community Engagement (emergency response)- Jennifer Leonard (707) 453-6155



Jane Shamieh


Vacaville Unified School District



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School shootings are a terrifying thought for every parent and educator. Student safety is always in the forefront for us as a community. Given yesterday's tragic events in Florida, we thought we would share the following upcoming events that are part of our annual calendar to address school safety. 
The first is our district wide Emergency Operations Center Training on February 27th that includes all of our schools and departments in executing an EOC with the focus on the logistics of keeping our students safe and accounted for in a disaster. 

The second is an informational meeting for parents, reviewing our Standard Response Protocols as well as our Standard Reunification Method Protocols, also on February 27th from 5:30-7:00 PM in the Educational Services Center Board Room at 401 Nut Tree Road. 

Finally, March 15th is our annual district-wide school Lockdown Drill. The drills will be happening throughout the day at every school site. Each site creates a different scenario to practice each year, for example a school might elect to trigger the drill during passing period or recess rather than in the classroom so that students can practice the procedures under various circumstances. 

The Vacaville Police Department is an integral partner in keeping our kids safe. All of our protocols are created in collaboration with VPD. More information about VUSD's emergency response protocols can be found at Please feel free to contact Jennifer Leonard at (707)453-6155 with any questions or comments.


Hello VUSD Families,


It is with a heavy heart that I share the following news.


The Vacaville Unified School District (VUSD) contacted the Vacaville Police Department and Child Protective Services on Tuesday, February 6th, 2018, to report the possible physical abuse of a VUSD student. A VUSD employee reported a VUSD bus driverhad physically assaulted a student, and the school principal immediately initiated an investigation. Throughout the morning, the school district’s investigation revealed the student had sustained injuries from the incident. VUSD immediately contacted the Vacaville Police Department and Child Protective Services.  The driver was immediately removed from duty that morning and is no longer a VUSD employee.


The Vacaville Police Department immediately began a criminal investigation which consisted of several interviews, reviewing surveillance video from inside the school bus and consulting with the Solano County District Attorney’s Office. The bus driver was arrested on felony charges today.


As a parent I’m sure this raises a great deal of concern, so I want to provide some facts to you and invite you to a parent meeting on Friday evening at 5:30 PM. I firmly believe that transparency with our families and with the public is critical in maintaining our integrity and trust amongst our families and community, so if you have any questions or concerns, please join us at the meeting, email or call.


The bus driver completed one route in the morning of Tuesday, February 6, 2018.  The route was the morning – AM Route G. 


The driver

  • Has driven on three days this school year (2017-18)
  • picked up and dropped off children at Vacaville High School, and then
  • picked up and dropped off children at Browns Valley Elementary School, and concluded her route by
  • by  picking up and dropping off students at Padan’s Preschool program


The incident was recorded as all of our school busses are equipped with cameras. The video surveillance was immediately turned over to Police as evidence.


The Friday meeting is for parents of all students with questions or concerns.  The time of the meeting is at 5:30 PM, and it will be held at the Educational Services Center, located at 401 Nut Tree Drive.


We are disheartened and sickened by this terrible act upon a child. We know you are, too. If you have immediate questions that need answers, please contact me at (707) 453-6101 or



Jane Shamieh


Vacaville Unified School District





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