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Improvements to the Wallenberg Lobby!
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Back to School Night!
Back to School Night is September 29!
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Wallenberg selected as a "Great School"!
Wallenberg has been identified by Great Schools as one of the top Bay Area schools that educate low income students fairly and equally. Our dedicated teachers and staff know what works for our students and families. Check out this link for the story here!
San Francisco Unified School District programs, activities, and practices shall be free from discrimination based on actual or perceived race, color, ancestry, national origin, ethnic group identification, age, religion, marital or parental status, physical or mental disability, sex, sexual orientation, gender, gender identity, or gender expression; or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics.
If you believe you have been discriminated against, immediately contact the school site principal and/or Executive Director of the Office of Equity, Ruth Diep, at (415) 355-7334 or email@example.com. A copy of SFUSD’s uniform complaint policy is available upon request.
September 22, 2016
Dear Wallenberg Community,
I am truly grateful to those of you who have reached out in support of our students and school in light of last Wednesday’s incident. It means a lot to our teachers, staff and students to have the support of our parents, caregivers and community members. I also am very thankful for the team at the district level, including LEAD, Pupil Services, and Communications, who supported our community on Wednesday by communicating with police, sending out the auto-dialer message and providing guidance at each step of the way.
There are a few lingering questions which I would like to address.
Did Not Receive Emergency Message The district worked quickly to send out phone, email and text messages about the lockout using numbers identified as “primary” in the student information system. However, some families report they did not receive any notification. For most of our families, we have home, work and cell numbers for parents/caregivers as well as emergency numbers for other relatives and friends. The message was not sent to all the numbers, it was only sent to the number identified as the “primary number.” We are updating the system so that all numbers in our student information system will be contacted if the message is indicated as an emergency message. If you have a mobile phone and it is the best way to reach you in an emergency, please email your primary number to our Counseling Office Secretary Rachel Langdon (firstname.lastname@example.org) and she will update it.
Once we have your mobile number identified as your primary number in our student information system, you may also opt-in to receive a text notification in the event of an urgent message from the school. Due to regulations, you have to text this number from your mobile phone if you want to receive text messages: “YES” to 67587. If you text this number and it is not entered in the student information system, emergency messages will not be sent to it.
If you did not receive a phone, email or text emergency message and would like to know what number the district used to contact you, you may email me at email@example.com and I will give you that information.
Follow Up to the Fight and Threats
As you may know, there was a fight among students, including the student who made the threat on social media, the afternoon prior to when the threats were posted on social media. Staff intervened and investigated. As a first step in the investigation, statements were taken from 4 of the students involved, 3 security guards and the dean. Parents/caregivers of all students involved were called, informed of the fight and what led to it and asked to attend a parent conference as the second step in the investigation and to determine what consequences would be appropriate. A call was also made to the district’s Behavior Action Team for support in following up with restorative conferences.
Schools do not and cannot monitor students’ social media posts. When you think about 650 students at Wallenberg and the variety of social media (Twitter, Snap Chat, Instagram, Facebook, and many, many more) you will see the impossibility of doing so.
Furthermore, students have a legal right to their privacy. Schools cannot implement a program to monitor social media of students’ who have been in a fight without Board approval in a regular Board meeting after public notice and comment (EC 49073.6). However, we always follow up to address situations that impact the safety of the school environment when students or parents inform the school about such concerns, which is what happened in this instance and has happened in other past instances.
We always take every report of social media bullying or threats very seriously and respond immediately by involving parents of all concerned. Wallenberg has zero tolerance for bullying of any kind and students who bully are given appropriate consequences and services and students who are bullied are referred to appropriate services and support. Restorative conferences are a part of every referral process but do not typically take place on the same day as an incident as all parties need time to reflect and all parties must be willing to participate.
I was notified about the social media threat by email. When I saw the email from a parent notifying me of the social media posts, I immediately called the police. The first two police arrived at Wallenberg and 7:36 a.m. followed shortly thereafter by our two School Resource Officers. I gave them copies of the threats and information about the fight the day before and the students involved.
At 8:00 a.m., the O’Farrell door was locked and a security guard was posted at the top of the O’Farrell stairs. After 8:00, the only entrance for students was through the Vega Street door. A security guard was posted in the Vega Street lobby and monitored all students who entered there.
The Vega door was locked at 8:50 a.m., two additional security guards were sent from the district and police returned to the school at 9:12 a.m. after developing additional information about the social media posts. During lunch, the two additional security guards monitored the courtyard and police maintained a presence surrounding the school.
In closing, I hope this information has helped alleviate any remaining concerns. If you continue to have questions, please do not hesitate to reach out to me directly at firstname.lastname@example.org or use School Loop email.
I am looking forward to seeing all of you at our Back to School Night, next Thursday, September 29th, at 5:30 p.m. This will be a wonderful opportunity for you to meet each of your child’s teachers and find out what your child will be learning this year.
In community, Cheryl Foster, Principal
ELAC (English Learner Advisory Council) Meeting on Monday, Sep. 26 5:30-6:30 in the Main Conference Room
Hello Students, Parents and Caregivers,
As a reminder you are invited to our 1st English Learner Advisory Committee (ELAC) meeting of the school year. The meeting is on Monday, September 26th from 5:30pm to 6:30pm in the conference room.
The purpose of the English Learners Advisory Committee (ELAC) is to advise the principal, School Site Council and school staff on programs and services for English Learners.
Parents of English Learners have the right to:
1. Be informed of the services available to their children
2. Advise on programs and services for English Learners
3. Become a member of the ELAC!
It is very important for you to learn more about the services and programs offered to your children. You have a VOICE and we would like to hear your recommendations on how the budget for English Learners is spent! For more information about the importance of an ELAC please visit SFUSDs information page here: http://www.sfusd.edu/en/councils-committees/english-learner-advisory-committee.html
Please come join us on Monday, September 26th at 5:30pm in the Conference Room.
Attached please find a flyer in English, Spanish, Chinese and Arabic which includes more details.
Hope to see you all there! Light snacks will be provided!
You may have recently received a text message " SFUSD alerts. Reply Y to confirm, HELP for info. Msg&data rates may apply. Msg freq varies.schoolmessenger.com/txt" from the number 67587.
This is an official opt-in message from SFUSD via SchoolMessenger, our mass notification system for sending out phone calls, emails and text messages.
You have received this message because your mobile phone number was recently updated in our student information system.
We understand this message is alarming and not clear. Unfortunately, we do not have any control over the way this message gets sent out from SchoolMessenger.
We do encourage you to reply "Y" to this invitation to receive text messages from SFUSD, as it makes for much faster communication, which is crucial in the event of an emergency.
SchoolMessenger does not share any of your information, and you will not receive texts from any third parties.