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12/14/17

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Every VUSD student is awesome. Don't miss this heart warming story about what truly makes a school community great- everyone. Vaca High Bulldogs and students all across VUSD show remarkable acts of kindness and acceptance everyday. #VUSDproud

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12/14/17

 

Dear VUSD Families,

 

Some of you may have heard a very upsetting voicemail on social media, sent from one student to another student.  The voicemail was brought to our attention yesterday morning. Parents and VUSD staff alike have good reason to be disturbed and saddened by hearing students being cruel to another student. In this instance, we communicated with some families involved yesterday morning. An investigation into the voicemail was initiated. Disciplinary action has been taken in accordance with Education Code and Penal Code. Our investigation continues as we work with police and gather more facts about the extent of other student involvement.

 

While countless students in our schools choose to be “upstanders” and are respectful of others, we must continue to help all kids make kind choices. Every child should be celebrated for who they are. Students cannot learn if they do not feel safe, accepted and included in school; our academic efforts will fall short if this is not the case.

 

Vacaville Unified takes bullying very seriously and implemented a multi-pronged system that includes ongoing systemic programs, curriculum, cyber lesson, events, counseling and staff supports.  In the last two years we have spent over $700,000 in student supports for social and emotional wellness, behavior interventions and discipline.

 

Supporting kids in becoming responsible digital citizens takes a joint effort from schools, parents, the police department and students. We all play an important part in modeling respect and helping students understand the impact that their choices make on others. Some of the ongoing programs and events that are happening within VUSD to foster kindness are featured on the Family and Student menus on the VUSD website: http://www.vacavilleusd.org/kindness for parents and http://www.vacavilleusd.org/change for students.

 

While this incident is deeply disheartening, it presents an opportunity for families to discuss the importance of kindness and respect, as well as the possible ramifications of digital comments and posts. Taking time to routinely view students’ social media pages not only helps parents ensure child safety and responsibility, it is also presents a great opportunity to learn fun things about students and their friends.

 

As always, parents and students are invited to share concerns with school administration, VUSD Student Services or me. We will continue to take acts of bullying very seriously and impart discipline to the extent that the law allows as well as provide needed social and emotional supports for students.

 

Take Care,
Jane Shamieh
Superintendent of Vacaville Unified School District

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12/13/17

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Vaca High students voted Mr. Ruan Bouwer as November's Tireless Teacher; hence the giant orange tire. Thanks for all you do for students Mr. Bouwer. Your "extra miles" do not go unnoticed and are greatly appreciated.

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