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School Safety and Emergency Preparedness
In light of the recent events and conversations about school safety, we wanted to provide for you the work we have been doing in partnership with local law enforcement to ensure the safety of your students and our staff, and reduce the risk of such tragedies in our own schools.

  • All schools have lockdown procedures in place that are practiced three times per year. Each of the six schools practice three lockdown drills per year; a shelter-in-place drill, an active shooter drill, and a “surprise” drill. Staff are trained annually during a staff meeting, and all students review the procedures with their teacher.  

  • District and Site Administrators attend Active Shooter Trainings at the Marin County of Office of Education (MCOE). MCOE hosts a seminar called “School Violence and the Active Shooter,” which is sponsored by CAL-EMA (California Emergency Management Association). Local, state, and federal law enforcement officers provide school staff with the most current statistics, trends, research, and procedures to best keep students and staff safe in the event of an active shooter situation. MCOE has workshops for Administration, Teachers and Staff taking place in March to address the current state of our community and to train on best practices for our schools.

  • Mill Valley School District works in close partnership with the Mill Valley Police Department, Marin County Sheriff’s Office, and all local agencies. Mill Valley Police Department and the Marin County Sheriff’s Office are aware of our lockdown and parent communication procedures. Additionally, both agencies work in close partnership with other law enforcement agencies in the county, who would  assist one another in the event of an emergency.

  • If You See Something, Say Something. If parents or students see anything out of the ordinary posted on social media that is concerning (relating to harm to self or others), or if students hear of their peers discussing harm to themselves or others, report it to either the school or the police department.

  • Work together as a community. We need to continue to work together as a community to address issues around bullying, harassment, social isolation, and preventing gun violence in schools. It is more important than ever that we continue to be “Kinder Than Necessary” to others, be good to one another, and listen.
LCAP Parent Involvement Opportunity
It’s that time of year when we start developing our district’s Local Control and Accountability Plan (LCAP), which aligns with our Strategic Plan to drive the initiatives we undertake across our schools. A key part of the LCAP’s development is gathering input from a wide range of stakeholders, which includes our parent community. The LCAP Parent Advisory Committee is a forum for a diverse group of parents from across the district to share ideas for the LCAP about how we can continue to offer an exceptional education in Mill Valley and best serve our students. 
 
We are in the process of forming our LCAP Parent Advisory Committee, and we would like to open up the opportunity to all parents to express an interest in participating. This committee represents all six schools, and it is required to have a parent of an English Language Learner, a parent of a foster child, and a parent of a low-income student. The committee will hold three meetings on March 21, March 28, and April 6, 8:30-10 am to discuss our three goals in the LCAP. 
 
If you are interested in participating in the LCAP Parent Advisory Committee, please send an email by next  Thursday, March 8 t o Wendy Holmes, Director of Curriculum and Instruction ( wholmes@mvschools.org ) answering these two questions:

1.     Tell me about your involvement in Mill Valley schools, and how would you contribute to the development of our LCAP?

2.     What diverse perspective would you bring to the committee?

We will select one parent representative for each school, and ensure that the required parent participants are represented on the committee. We are looking forward to engaging in these discussions and hearing your ideas for making our schools a place where all students thrive!
Courageous Conversations - Racial Equity
Parent Education - Tuesday - March 27 - 7pm
Mill Valley Middle School Gym
This year, administrators and teachers in the district have participated in the Courageous Conversations workshop with Dr. Lori Watson, from Pacific Educational Group. Participants have referred to the training as incredibly powerful! This workshop is transforming the way we view race in our schools and community. We are fortunate to offer parents and the community an Intro to Courageous Conversations , building on our efforts this year. 
 
We invite you to this important evening event on Tuesday, March 27 th , at 7:00pm at the Mill Valley Middle School gym. Dr. Watson will teach skills for engaging, sustaining, and deepening Courageous Conversations in addressing racial equity. 
 
We hope to have a great turnout! 
"Be Smart" - Strawberry Point
Parent Education March 7, 6:30pm
Mill Valley mom, Dana Spaeth-Williams will offer relevant statistics on kids, guns and safety, and provide simple  "BE SMART" steps parents can take to help keep children safe. Please join us for an informative evening! Everyone is welcome regardless of political views or gun ownership status. Click here to learn more at the Be Smart Website.
Don't Miss This Weekend's
Mill Valley Middle School Cabaret
Friday - 7pm / Saturday - 1pm / Sunday - 1pm
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