LnHS Security Introductions
We want our community to be aware of our continued commitment to safety which includes multiple, proactive approaches to fortifying security throughout our school.
In addition to safety enhancements across the District (see below), Lancaster High School provides campus safety conversations for students in class and at lunch. Perimeter and gate checks are enforced, and administration and security are present in numbers before and after school, as well as during snack and lunch periods.
Across the Antelope Valley Union High School District
In April and June 2018, the AVUHSD conducted safety reviews of its campuses that resulted in the implementation of enhanced safety measures. These measures vary by school and include enhanced fencing, additional security and counseling personnel, updated surveillance cameras, front entrance modifications, and door locking devices. The District also incorporated additional training with the Lancaster Sheriff’s Station and revised student, staff and visitor identification processes.
For more than 25 years, the AVUHSD has had a dedicated school deputy on campus each day. In addition to this, the District continues to focus on students’ social emotional needs through various programs and counseling outreach, provides safety training to students and staff, and underscores the importance of vigilance through “See Something, Say Something.”
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Antelope Valley Union High School District, diligently works hand-in-hand with the officers and personnel at Lancaster Sheriff’s Station, along with the Los Angeles Sheriff’s Department (LASD), to create the safest schools possible.
Every threat, whether it be verbal or on social media is taken seriously by our staff and investigated immediately and thoroughly. LASD investigations have shown that a large majority of these threats are made by students as a “joke” or “prank.” PARENTS: This is where we need your help. Talk to your students about the serious consequences of making these types of “jokes” and “pranks.” Regardless of their intention, these threats are unlawful and it is important that our students understand that thoroughly.
IT IS CRUCIAL THAT PARENTS TAKE ACTION WHEN NECESSARY. HERE IS WHAT PARENTS AND GUARDIANS CAN DO TO HELP:
- Ensure your student knows and understands the severity of making a false threat. It is difficult to tell if a comment is a “joke” until it has been investigated thoroughly. There could be criminal, civil, financial and administrative consequences at both school level and Sheriff’s Department level.
- Stay connected and monitor your student’s social media activities. Direct messages on sites such as Instagram and Facebook allow your student to send/receive private messages.
- Reach out to teachers, staff, principal, deputies or other trained professionals if you see behavior indicative of self-harm or harm to others.
- If you see or hear something, SAY SOMETHING! Our schools and community’s safety is everyone’s responsibility.
- We can help our students get the most out of their educational experience by working together to create the safest schools possible. If you have any questions, contact your school.
“IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING!”
The Security staff at Lancaster High School strongly feels that every student deserves the right to attend a safe and secure campus. California Constitution Article 1 Section 28(c) Right to Safe Schools. “All students and staff of public primary, elementary, junior high and senior high schools have the inalienable right to attend campuses which are safe, secure and peaceful.”
The Lancaster High School Security staff enforces the rules and policies of the Antelope Valley Union High School District in a fair and consistent manner. Our office is located in Room 165 and we welcome students with our open door policy.
Lancaster High School has one Director of School Site Safety (Extension 126), one Campus Supervisor 1, seven Campus Supervisors and two Locker Room Attendants. Each staff member goes through annual training sessions such as non-violent crisis intervention, conflict resolution, CPR, and First Aid.
The security department monitors the campus climate and informs the Director of School Site Safety along with Administration when there are any conditions that threaten the safety and welfare of students or staff.
Some of the Security functions include responding to emergency situations such as injuries, assisting students with resolving personal conflicts with other students, investigating the theft or disappearance of students personal belongings, physical intervention during fights and responding to emergency situations such as fires, earthquakes or other natural disasters.
Lancaster High School has one of the best Security departments in the district. Without comparing posted statistics with other schools, our department shares a high rate of concluded investigations that lead to behavioral interventions and other corrective measures in an effort to curtail repeat offenses.
The Security staff recognizes that we have a diverse group of students that we serve at Lancaster High School and our Security staff reflects the diversity of our student body. We strive to understand the individual background of each child in an effort to respond
appropriately to the unique needs of all of our students as we endeavor to provide a safe and secure campus environment that is conducive to learning.
Kenny Bryant, Director of School Site Safety
Lancaster High School