School Safety Procedures

Written by Seth Pozzi, Head of School on .

Dear WHPS families:

The recent tragic event at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida has caused anxiety and concern regarding safety on school campuses around the country. WHPS is committed to ensuring the safety of our entire community, and  we hope you will find the following information helpful in understanding the steps we have taken and are taking to ensure the continued safety of our community:
  • PARTNERSHIPWe are part of a School Safety Task Force with LAPD Topanga Division. As part of this task force, we have a direct line of communication with the Senior Lead Officers in the area, which enables us to work together quickly and efficiently on threat assessments, investigations, and any other safety concerns that may arise. 
  • PLANS AND PRACTICEOur school has an approved School Safety Plan. School safety encompasses multiple domains within the school environment that must be reviewed altogether when assessing the level of safety for students and staff.  All students and staff participate in safety drills to test their preparedness and understand their roles and responsibilities in the event of a crisis. 
  • TRAININGIn January, our administration team met with our LAPD Senior Lead Officers to discuss the latest information about school safety and to craft a comprehensive plan for training to our entire staff on these new measures. This month, all staff will be participating in training sessions for the enhanced safety measures. In addition, we are hosting a workshop provide the training to other school directors in the San Fernando Valley.
  • COMMUNICATION AND MONITORING: We take every piece of information and every concern seriously. Parents, we ask you to continue to report anything you see, hear or sense that could affect student, staff or school safety. In addition, we closely monitor the school grounds through our closed circuit camera system. 
These are some of the measures we have in place to promote the safety and security of our school community as our top priority. We also rely on our students, parents and guardians as partners to maximize safety.

Here are some things parents and guardians can do to help:
  • Memorize your gate code and do not give it to anyone.
  • Be sure the gate closes behind you when you enter/exit campus (the person behind you should enter with their own code).
  • Please take a moment to discuss the above procedures with your child(ren).
  • Report any suspicious activity to our administration right away.
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