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Safety Joint Exercise with Carlsbad Police
Posted 8/17/18

On August 16, 2018, Carlsbad Unified School District partnered with the Carlsbad Police Department to conduct an Active Shooter Event (ASE) training for approximately 60 school staff, including principals, support staff, teachers, and other members of school site safety teams. Sergeant Mike Ernst from the Carlsbad Police Department trained school staff in “options-based responses” to an emergency event on campus. The training was followed by simulated scenarios, facilitated by Lieutenant Kevin Lehan, SWAT Commander for Carlsbad Police Department. The joint exercise took place on the Calavera Hills campus.


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The joint exercise was a result of the ongoing collaboration between Carlsbad Unified Schools, Carlsbad Police, the San Diego Law Enforcement Coordination Center, and other law enforcement agencies. On August 27, Carlsbad Police will facilitate “options-based responses” training for every CUSD employee. It is expected that more than 800 staff will participate. Additional staff trainings will be held at school sites throughout the year.

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On August 15, 2018, the Carlsbad Unified Board of Trustees heard a presentation from Dr. Rob Nye, Assistant Superintendent, and Tim Evanson, Director of Pupil Services, on the status of the district’s recently completed safety audit. Audit findings and initial recommendations were presented.


The following are some of the actions which have already been implemented, or are in the process of planning for implementation:

  • Recommend hiring a part-time District Safety Coordinator (in process).

  • Updated agreement with City of Carlsbad for full-time School Resource Officers (SROs) at Sage Creek High School and Carlsbad High School; CPD additionally assigned two SROs to cover other Carlsbad schools.

  • Installing improved fencing at Valley, Magnolia, Kelly and Buena Vista schools, including seven- to nine-foot wrought iron fencing and updated pedestrian gates with crash bars. The work will begin in early September, and communication will go out to families at those sites when the work is scheduled to commence.

  • Site principals to update site safety plans prior to start of the school year.

  • Ongoing Board policy review and revision.

  • Increased coordination with law enforcement; this includes planning for improved drills, and increased frequency of drills, for students and staff

  • Ongoing removal of shrubs and overgrowth near school site perimeter fencing.

  • Ongoing review of door locks districtwide.

  • Updated digital blueprints for law enforcement and first responders - all schools have been completed.

  • Worked with Verizon to acquire low-cost flip phones for every classroom - to be deployed in the fall, as part of the development of redundant communication systems.

  • Development of improved staff training for all employees, including follow-up training for site-based threat assessment teams.

  • Signed agreements with Sandy Hook Promise and Crimestoppers.

  • Preparing for deployment of additional door locking alternatives (in partnership with Carlsbad Fire Department - here’s an article that inspired the collaboration with the Fire Department)

  • Implementation of a comprehensive safety assessment at each school site, led by principals, prior to the start of school.

  • Preparing for installation of additional signage at each campus entrance.

  • Preparing for implementation of a requirement that all adults (staff, volunteers, visitors) visibly display a picture ID while on campus, and all secondary students (middle school and high school) have a picture ID available for review upon request

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