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Child Abuse Reporting

Penal Code section 11165.5:

11165.5. As used in this article, the term "abuse or neglect in out-of-home care" includes physical injury or death inflicted upon a child by another person by other than ...more

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CUSD-ER (Web based Safety Plans)

In response to the school shootings at Santee High School, the Grossmont Union High School District (GUHSD) developed an emergency response CD for use by school officials, law enforcement, and other ...more

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Emergency Drill BP 6114

Instruction BP 6114(a)


Please refer to the CUSD Website where the most current Board Policy is available:

Board Policy

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Emergency Management Manual

ARTICLE 5. School Safety Plans [32280 - 32289]

CA Education Code

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District Emergency Operations Center (EOC)

Capistrano Unified School District (CUSD) has an EOC that complies with the Standardized Emergency Management System (SEMS), and mobile EOC outfitted with all the equipment, communications, and ...more

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The safety and well-being of our students and staff are a top priority. We want to make sure they are as comfortable as possible so that learning can continue. As a result, our schools have a number of guidelines in place for instructional planning during hot weather.


Instructional Program Modifications:

Elementary teachers may rearrange the daily schedule so that basic skills subjects are taught at the optimal time. Recess activities are limited to quiet games that require a minimum of physical activity. Physical education activities at all grade levels are limited to less strenuous activities and/or are rescheduled to a more appropriate time.


We believe the best place for our students, even in hot weather, is in the classroom where they are learning, supervised and being a part of school activities.  Modifications to our instructional plan are made to take advantage of cooler spots on schools and to minimize discomfort as much as possible. Schools know to reduce PE activities such as running, jumping, and prolonged exposure to the sun. Activities are adjusted to reduce strenuous exercises.  Parents who believe their child’s health may be compromised by excessive heat have the option of keeping students home or picking them up early.


Hot Weather Guidelines for Schools:

The Orange County Department of Education in collaboration with the Orange County Health Care Agency created the following guidelines for schools to increase student safety during periods of hot weather.


  1. Hot Weather Guidelines for Schools PDF Format
  2. Hot Weather Guidelines for Athletic Practice PDF Format
  3. Hydrated & Healthy Fact Sheet PDF Format


Another great resource is the South Coast Air Quality Management website


By clicking the “view full map” under Current Air Quality, you will see the outline for Orange County, as well as other areas.  This tool can assist in planning outdoor activities for students.


Please remind staff to exercise good judgment in monitoring their environment and determining the amount of physical activity that they will expect from their students.


Teachers/Coaches need to:

  • remind students to hydrate
  • limit physical exertion and sun exposure
  • monitor students for signs and symptom of heat/sun related issues
  • be sensitive of students with special needs and their physical limitations
  • review the above documents from OCDE regarding hot weather guidelines and precautions
  • do not direct your students to sit on the blacktop (See the chart below)

Hot Weather Guidelines

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Mobile EOC

In an effort to support the school site in establishing an incident command system, CUSD had developed a mobile command unit.  This vehicle can be deployed to any school site in CUSD within one half hour.  The vehicle contains:

  • Hard copies and CDS of  the school safety plans
  • Maps and floor plans of all school sites and neighboring areas
  • Generator, lights, tables, chairs,  and canopies
  • Mass casualty bags, water, bullhorns, and signs

The mobile command unit is a resource for school sites.  It is not meant to replace supplies that should be housed at the site.  The team member(s) deployed with the mobile command are experts in safety/NIMS.  This team does not take over command from the principal, but supports the principal by guiding them through the crisis and working as a liaison with law enforcement/fire.

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District Safety Plan- Senate Bill 187

Each Capistrano Unified school site has a School Safety Plan which includes a comprehensive emergency management plan. Copies are available to read at each school office. Fire drills are held monthly in elementary schools; emergency drills are held each semester at secondary schools.

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Safety Resources

California Department of Education's Safe Schools Planning Web page, which includes annual update requirements, School Safety Plan Self-Monitoring Tool, and school safety issues and resources. http:/ ...more

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School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (SMART)


The School Mobile Assessment and Resource Team (S.M.A.R.T.), a detail operated and supervised through the Orange County Sheriff Department, can be utilized in situations and incidents at schools ...more

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Non-Discrimination Statement

The Capistrano Unified School District prohibits discrimination, harassment, intimidation, and bullying in all district activities, programs, and employment based upon actual or perceived gender, gender identity, gender expression, race, ethnicity, color, religion, ancestry, nationality, national origin, ethnic group identification, sex, sexual orientation, marital or parental status, pregnancy, age, physical or mental disability or on the basis of a person’s association with a person or group with one or more of these actual or perceived characteristics. Reference: AR 1312.3, BP 1312.3 and BP 5183.

Rich Montgomery, Executive Director, Human Resource Services/Compliance
33122 Valle Road, San Juan Capistrano, CA 92675
(949) 234-9200

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