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Message to the FUHSD community regarding the March 14 national student walkout

As you know, just before the February break there was a school shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. The news of this tragedy and the many others before it have left our nation and community shaken and heartbroken for the victims and for the families, friends, peers and communities that mourn their loss.


We want to assure you that our schools are safe places for our students and staff. This is our highest priority. 


School Safety
The Fremont Union High School District partners with local law enforcement to conduct annual “Run, Hide, Defend” trainings and drills on our campuses so that staff and students are as prepared as possible in the event that the unthinkable happens on one of our campuses. In addition, our schools conduct annual reviews and updates of their respective School Safety Plans. There are also many mental health and wellness structures in place, including services provided by our school psychologists and counselors.  


In the event of an emergency on your child’s campus, we enact our School Safety Plans procedures. We secure students and staff, notify law enforcement, who take over management of the incident, and notify families. The District will communicate with you through the primary phone and email address listed in your child’s school records. Please make sure you update your child’s school as your contact information changes. 


Talking with Students
These unimaginable events are so difficult to understand, let alone explain to students. There are links below to resources to help you navigate conversations within your families and our community.


We are aware of a number of nationwide student-led walkouts being planned to bring attention to the issue of school violence and as a remembrance of the victims of Parkland and other school shootings. We know you entrust us with your child’s safety and we are actively planning for varying scenarios. The walkout gaining the most interest from students is scheduled for Wednesday, March 14 from 10 to 10:17 a.m.


The paramount responsibility of the District is to keep our students safe and to ensure that all students, regardless of their personal views, feel valued and cared for. It is understood that some students may choose to leave class during the aforementioned 17-minute interval. School administration will supervise any students who choose to walk out during this time in order to ensure student safety, while strongly encouraging students not to leave campus.

We are reminding and expecting students and community members to be open to varying opinions and to keep communication and behavior toward one another peaceful, respectful and safe. We are not facilitating one message or belief over another; we are creating safe space for all students during a time many wish to explore and exercise their right to free speech through a student-initiated event. We would like all students to remain on campus and not miss their educational day. 


If you have any questions or thoughts you would like to share with us, we would like to hear from you. Please contact Coordinator of Communications, Rachel Zlotziver, at 



Talking to Children About Violence (NASP): 


Addressing Grief (NASP): 

Helping Youth After Community Trauma: 

Parent Tips for School Aged Children (NCTSN): 

School Safety Resources (National PTA): 

Run, Hide, Defend Video (San Jose Police Department): 

Safe Schools Planning (CDE) - 

Resources for Responding to Trauma and Tragedy (Edutopia): 

Posted by: Rachel Zlotziver, District Admin, Fremont Union High School District Published:3/8/18
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