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February 27, 2007 > Parent assembly reviews school emergency supplies

Parent assembly reviews school emergency supplies

As part of the Fremont Unified School District's continuing effort to make schools safer for students and staff, the FUSD Parent Representative Advisory Assembly is developing a district-wide inventory of emergency supplies available at school sites and compiling a list of supplies that every school and classroom should have. Public safety agencies recommend that in a regional emergency such as an earthquake, schools should have sufficient water, food, blankets, first-aid supplies and emergency toilets to sustain a significant portion of their student population for up to three days.

At their Jan. 23 meeting, PRAA members said they developed their list from various sources, including recommendations from the American Red Cross, lists already compiled at individual school sites, and a list provided by Intel Corp. The supply list will be submitted for review by the district's Emergency Response Preparedness Committee, public health officers, emergency room staff and other emergency medical experts before it is distributed to schools.

Since the state does not provide funding for emergency supplies, parent organizations have traditionally purchased them with money from fundraising activities. Because raising funds in some neighborhoods is difficult, PRAA recommended that school site councils and district administrators should identify other possible sources of funding.

In other business, PRAA heard a report from Assistant Superintendent for Instructional Services Milt Werner on a survey administered to nearly 15,000 junior high and high school students Jan. 18 to measure the extent and nature of name calling and bullying in FUSD. The results are expected to guide the district in developing intervention strategies to reduce or eliminate bullying, Werner said. He said the goal of the program is to "build schools of respect and very humanistic cultures."

Werner also shared information on the locations and times of workshops to be presented throughout the district Jan. 31-Feb. 6 by nationally acclaimed author and anti-bullying activist Jodee Blanco.

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