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Superintendent's Message



Dear Davis Community:


In the wake of the Parkland school shooting, I shared with our school community a Safety Communication message detailing ways Davis Joint Unified keeps students, staff and campuses secure. 


We hope and trust that nothing like the event in Parkland ever happens in Davis schools or in our community.  However, it is because we can never be 100% certain, that we take safety measures seriously, follow-up on threats to determine credibility and practice what to do in the event of an emergency. We also work hard on every campus to keep our emergency protocols, drills and communication systems tested and sharp so that we can respond appropriately and effectively in the event of an urgent situation. We are committed to this work, but we know there is always room to improve.  


The issue of student safety is not something we face alone, nor something we can fully address in isolation. To strengthen our safety net, we need our community’s support to identify risks and find ways to implement improvements in a timely manner.


Announcing the Safety Task Force

The Davis Joint Unified School District cordially invites you to participate in a Safety Task Force. The Safety Task Force is designed to provide the Davis Joint Unified District with community input on a spectrum of safety-related considerations, challenges and solutions.  The Safety Task Force process will also serve to direct feedback to a variety of school safety-related plans, including our Facilities Master Plan, scheduled to be finalized in May for Board of Education consideration. 


All Safety Task Force meetings will take place in April 2018, please see the schedule below. The Task Force meetings are open to the public and will include Spanish language interpretation.


Task Force Meeting Schedule


School Safety and Facilities

Date: April 4, 2018                 

Location: Davis Senior High School - All Student Center      

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM


Safety Drills and Procedures

Date:  April 11, 2018 

Location: Davis Senior High School - All Student Center                  

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM


School Site Supervision and Security

Date: April 18, 2018

Location: Davis Senior High School - All Student Center 

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM


Social Emotional Safety: Bullying/ Harassment Identification and Prevention

at DJUSD Parent Engagement Night 2018

Date: April 25, 2018               

Location: Harper Junior High 

Time: 6:00-8:00 PM


For More Information

To learn more about the DJUSD Safety Task Force meeting topics and other important safety-related information, visit us at www.djusd.net/safety. You can also provide the District with safety related suggestions and solutions at safetysolutions@djusd.net.


We look forward to hearing from you.




John A. Bowes, Ed. D.




Estimada Comunidad de Davis:


Tras el tiroteo en la escuela de Parkland, comparto con nuestra comunidad escolar el mensaje de Comunicado de Seguridad que describe en detalle cómo el Distrito Unificado Davis mantiene seguros a los estudiantes, el personal y los campus.


Esperamos y confiamos en que nada parecido a lo que sucedió en Parkland suceda en las escuelas de Davis o en nuestra comunidad. No obstante, es porque nunca podemos estar 100% seguros que tomamos muy en serio las medidas de seguridad, el seguimiento de las amenazas para determinar su credibilidad y la práctica de qué hacer en caso de emergencia. También trabajamos mucho en todos los campus para que los protocolos de emergencia, los simulacros y los sistemas de comunicación estén probados y sean eficaces de modo que puedan responder de forma adecuada en caso de urgencia. Estamos comprometidos con esta tarea, pero sabemos que siempre se puede mejorar.


El asunto de la seguridad de los estudiantes no es algo que enfrentemos solos, tampoco algo que podamos abordar de forma aislada. Para fortalecer nuestra red de seguridad, necesitamos el apoyo de la comunidad para identificar riesgos y encontrar formas de implementar mejoras de forma oportuna.


Anuncio del Cuerpo Especial de Seguridad

El Distrito Escolar Unificado Davis cordialmente los invita a participar en el Cuerpo Especial de Seguridad. El Cuerpo Especial de Seguridad está diseñado para proporcionar al Distrito Escolar Unificado Davis aportes de la comunidad en una gama de asuntos, desafíos y soluciones relacionados con la seguridad. El proceso del Cuerpo Especial de Seguridad también servirá para dirigir los aportes a una variedad de planes escolares vinculados a la seguridad, incluido nuestro Plan Maestro de Instalaciones que tras ser completado en mayo será presentado ante la Junta de Educación para su consideración.


Todas las reuniones del Cuerpo Especial de Seguridad se realizarán en abril de 2018, consulte las fechas a continuación. Las reuniones del Cuerpo Especial son abiertas al público y habrá intérpretes de español.


Cronograma de Reuniones del Cuerpo Especial


Seguridad Escolar e Instalaciones

Fecha: 4 de abril de 2018                              

Lugar: Preparatoria Davis - Centro de Estudiantes            

Hora: 6:00-8:00 PM


Simulacros y Procedimientos de Seguridad

Fecha:  11 de abril de 2018         

Lugar: Preparatoria Davis - Centro de Estudiantes                            

Hora: 6:00-8:00 PM


Supervisión y Seguridad del Local Escolar

Fecha: 18 de abril            

Lugar: Preparatoria Davis - Centro de Estudiantes

Hora: 6:00-8:00 PM


Seguridad Socioemocional: identificación y prevención del acoso y el comportamiento abusivo

en la Noche de Participación de Padres de DJUSD 2018

Fecha: 25 de abril de 2018                           

Lugar: Escuela Secundaria Harper             

Hora: 6:00-8:00 PM


Más información

Para obtener más información sobre los temas de la reunión del Cuerpo Especial de Seguridad de DJUSD y otra información importante sobre seguridad, visítenos en www.djusd.net/safety. También puede proporcionar al Distrito sugerencias y soluciones sobre seguridad en safetysolutions@djusd.net.


Esperamos saber de ustedes pronto.




John A. Bowes, Ed.D.



Excerpt from Superintendent Comments

March 15, 2018


On Wednesday, students across our school district took part in the student-led walkouts. The students were orderly, calm, peaceful and respectful.  Leadership staff from the District Office were at every site where a walkout was planned to support site leaders in ensuring safety for students. At all sites where a walkout occurred, students were encouraged to achieve their goals by congregating in a safe area on campus.  Our partners in the Davis Police Department were on the ready to ensure student safety, if any student walkout proceeded off campus as occurred in November of 2016.  


Prior to Wednesday, students and our school community received clear communications from my office and from our site leaders consistent with the guidance provided post-Presidential election in 2016 and our current district policy, that students who leave class to participate in protests or other unauthorized  reasons would be considered “unexcused”. Families of students of all ages were encouraged to discuss the issue and their expectations.


Over the last few days we have been receiving a great deal of feedback from our community about the student walkout.


The comments have come in three forms.


  1. Gratitude for district efforts to keep students safe and allow space for all voices and perspectives to be heard and respected
  2. Support for student activism and a call to change our district policy to do away with unexcused absences for protests and walkouts
  3. Opposition to any student demonstrations during school hours and calls for punitive measures on those who take part. 


As the Superintendent, I am well-acquainted with situations and issues that can be polarizing. Healthy debate and discussion is encouraged in a democracy and we are happy to listen to community feedback on this and all issues.  Our role as an educational institution is to be open to all perspectives and to protect the rights of all students and to adhere to the policies set forth by this Board of Education.  I am proud of our students who expressed their beliefs in a respectful and peaceful way and recognizing that an unexcused absence would result. And, I have no doubt about the heart and passions of those students and of the adults on our campuses who remained in the class on Wednesday.   Undoubtedly, school safety remains of central importance no matter how we choose to express ourselves.