Good evening Hart District Families,
Last Friday I shared an invitation to the Hart District’s Safe Schools Discussion scheduled from 6-8 pm on August 31 at the Santa Clarita Activities Centre. We hope you can join us for this important discussion.
Tonight, I would like to share that we will be adding an additional layer to our security protocols at the Hart District. Beginning Monday, August 22, a firearm detection canine unit will be deployed each morning to one or more of our District’s school sites. The canine unit will be composed of a uniformed handler and a dog that has been trained to detect firearms and gunpowder. During the visit to campus, the canine unit will help monitor student arrival to school in the morning. In addition, the canine unit will be used to search student parking lots and lockers for firearms. Each school site will be visited 10-11 times throughout the school year on a random basis.
We have partnered with 3DK9 Detection Services to provide this added layer of protection to our campuses. This agreement will employ canines trained to detect firearms and explosives (not narcotics.) We believe the promise of randomized visits to campuses will help deter individuals from bringing firearms onto campus while also helping our students and staff feel more secure.
While we are excited to provide this added layer to our safety protocols, it is important to remember that no one strategy is a guarantee when it comes to school safety. The literature and the experts agree that a layered approach to school safety is the best course of action. The Hart District multi-layered approach to school safety can be viewed here.
Families should not be alarmed to see these friendly canine units and their handlers interacting with our students in the coming weeks and months. The appearance of 3DK9 units on campus are not in response to any particular known threat. Rather, they are a proactive measure to help deter weapons from being brought onto campus.
If you have any questions or concerns about this new layer of prevention, we invite you to contact our Assistant Superintendent of Student Services, Safety and Wellness – Ms. Kathy Hunter. Ms. Hunter can be reached at: [email protected].