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Safe & Positive Schools

Ensuring Emotional & Physical Safety

 

LESD is like a family - and as family, we understand what it means to entrust your children to our care.  Our commitment is to provide learning environments that are physically and emotionally safe for students and staff and that motivate our students to come to school and be ready to learn every day.

 

We support student safety in our district by:

 

  • Fostering a culture of safety  We take a proactive stance to keep up with changes—especially when it comes the health and safety of our students and staff.   We ensure that our playgrounds, classrooms and school grounds are safe. Each school has a comprehensive safety plan and a customized emergency response plan that details how our teachers and staff have been trained and prepared to respond in a crisis such as an earthquake, fire, or an active shooter incident.   We also partner with the City of Lawndale, the County of Los Angeles, and our local law enforcement to collaboratively ensure school safety.

 

  • Encouraging student-centered school climates  We value and respect our students, care for their needs, and inspire them to achieve their goals.  We endeavor to model social-emotional skills, including effective listening and conflict resolution, and we support our students in making healthy decisions.

 

  • Implementing Positive Behavioral Interventions and Supports (PBIS)  Our district-wide PBIS program focuses on supporting students and staff to understand and demonstrate positive behavior in all their interactions.  Each school has its own PBIS ‘motto’ and practices strategies that teach and reinforce positive behavior, rather than punishing unhealthy behavior.  For more information visit www.pbis.org

Happy Students Thrive

At LESD we understand that providing a positive school culture is just as important as providing our students with a rigorous academic program. Students are most successful in a school environment where they are surrounded by supportive teachers and classmates who demonstrate essential human character traits such as kindness, respect for one another, and integrity.

 

Building a school culture where our students thrive is a collective effort. Working together, we can maximize student happiness by:

 

  • Providing a foundation for academic success  Students learn best in an environment that is physically and emotionally safe. We strive to ensure every student is respected and knows that they are in an environment that celebrates diversity, promotes respectful interactions, and promotes their development while boosting their self-esteem. We are committed to creating learning experiences that actively engage our students. Furthermore, we will ensure that each student has access to personalized learning that is supported by qualified professionals.

 

  • Catering to social and emotional needs At LESD we place a high value on meeting our students’ social and emotional needs.We have systems in place to provide additional support to students that need it in order to be successful at school. Our Student Support Services Department can provide students and families with resources and services to improve their lives. We also have social workers at all sites  to help students who are struggling with problems that might affect their academic performance or social and psychological well-being.

 

  • Engaging parents as educational partners At all our sites we offer opportunities for parents to get involved in their child’s education. Parent engagement makes a positive impact on students’ academic development, and it shows students that their families care about their education. We invite all parents to become volunteers, attend family nights and workshops, and to communicate on a regular basis with teachers. We also invite all parents to participate in our parent advisory committees and become involved in their school’s PTA. Each school has a Community Liaison to guide parents in the process of becoming more involved in their child’s education.