- Many positive changes have occurred since the implementation of the GRIP partnership. Immediately evident was greater communication and coordination between school officials and law enforcement. The interaction between counselors, community based organizations and volunteers also improved.
- All fourth and fifth grade students have attended the GRIP curriculum at the target schools. All principals and most teachers have attended the training and orientation to the GRIP curriculum, which included information on gang awareness and recognizing “warning signs.” Hundreds of San Juan Capistrano parents attended GRIP meetings and gang awareness seminars.
- This year over 200 volunteers and teachers stepped forward to read to / mentor at-risk kids. Many of the students had poor literacy skills and were in need of additional support. The statement to the students is that someone cares and education is a priority. For example, Kinoshita Elementary a GRIP school realized a phenomenal 50-point increase in API scores.
- Truancy rates have dramatically decreased at the four target schools. In 2008-09, over 600 students from the participating schools had perfect attendance and didn’t have any discipline entries. Pizza parties, recognition events, and tickets to sporting events were again used as incentives to students to modify behavior and maintain attendance.
- Approximately 50 Strike Team interventions have been conducted. Nearly all students who attended the interventions have shown improvement in school attendance and performance. Most importantly, they are given the support to refrain from gang activity.
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
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