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10:49 AM Mon, Sept. 24th

HUSD considers safety report

PRESCOTT VALLEY — It's been more than a year since the tragic events at Columbine High School. Still, to this day, schools around the nation are trying to find ways to cope with the trend toward violence on school campuses.

Tuesday night, parents and school officials will present for adoption the Humboldt Unified School District's Safety Committee Program and Manual.

The governing board first heard the report from this committee in March, and the committee has fine-tuned its work since then.

The committee has worked on the plan since September 1999.

The committee's summary report incorporates many recommendations, from items the district can do immediately, to those that will take planning and training.

The suggestions range from drills and campus security issues, to community involvement with youth and conflict resolution programs.

They run the gamut from gun-safety education to improved communications systems and high-tech metal detectors .

The entire report includes campus-by-campus crisis management plans: what to do in various situations, how to evacuate the campus if necessary, how to announce and manage a lock-down, and how to notify parents and the community in case of an incident.

The plans allow for the differences between campuses. Some are internal campuses, while others have separate buildings with students and staff going outside from building to building.

People who want to view the plan may call the district office, 772-9200, for information. People who would like to talk to the board about the plan or school safety issues must remember to fill out a speaker's card before the meeting.

In other business, the board will consider:

• Setting a future board meeting schedule that includes a public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23, for the location of a second high school.

• Buying two, 72-passenger buses.

• A code of conduct for participation in extracurricular activities.

• The secondary schools handbook.

• The district staff development plan.

• First readings on meet and confer policy revisions for certified and classified staff members.

• Salaries for administrators, supervisors and auxiliary personnel.

• Contract offers, renewals, terminations and extracurricular assignments.

• Intergovernmental agreements for the Youth Transitions Program and Head Start, and a contract for the "Abstinence Only Program" for the 2000-2001 school year.

• Sick-leave bank revisions for 2000-2001.

• A staff dress code.