The safety and security of our schools and our students is a top priority. We welcome parents and community members' input and suggestions. You can email your suggestions, to firstname.lastname@example.org which will be forwarded to our District and School Safety Committee."
North Monterey County Unified School District is committed to supporting people in distress, providing prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and utilizing best practices for professionals. We can all help to prevent suicide. Suicide Prevention Hotline: 877-663-5433
Suicide is the 10th leading cause of death in the United States. It accounts for the loss of more than 41,000 American lives each year, more than double the number of lives lost to homicide.
The American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry report suicide is the 2nd leading cause of death for children, adolescents, and young adults ages 5 to 24.
Centers for Disease Control reported suicide death rates in children ages 10 to 14 have doubled since 2007.
The National Suicide Prevention Lifeline is a national network of local crisis centers that provides free and confidential emotional support to people in suicidal crisis or emotional distress. Suicide is the second leading cause of death for young people between 10 to 24. Visit the resources for youth page that includes how to take care of yourself, how to help, and links to support resources. The lifeline also has support pages for some strong and diverse communities that can be at a higher risk. If you are part of the LGBTQIA+ or Native American/ Alaska Native Communities there is information, resources, and supports available for you and your loved ones.
"Our District works with our local first responders, specifically North Monterey County Fire Protection District on our emergency preparedness plans. North Monterey County is recognized for having a model that is used countywide for School Emergency Preparedness. We are fortunate to have this partnership and continue to work closely together to ensure our schools are following best practices. Our schools regularly rehearse safety procedures, to include hostile intruder drills. Our District and School Safety Committee is also reviewing other safety practices to include:
- Creating a safe, supportive school climate with school-wide behavioral expectations, positive interactions and supports, psychological and counseling services, and violence prevention programs, such as anti-bullying, youth asset development and conflict mediation.
- Promoting students' compliance with school rules, reporting potential programs to school officials, and resisting peer pressure to act irresponsibly.
- Monitoring and supervising student common areas (hallways, cafeterias, playgrounds).
- Monitoring school visitors.
- Providing training for all staff, including yard supervisors, campus monitors and campus supervisors.
- Developing crisis response plans and conducting preparedness trainings.
- Practicing school preparedness drills, such as earthquake, fire drills and shelter in place (lock downs for a variety of reasons).