San Mateo County's Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities is a collaborative, multi-agency group that was formed in 2013, following the fatal shooting of 26 students and staff at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. The mission of the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities is to identify and address safety needs of county youth, to work across agencies to implement best practices in emergency response and mental health, and to support with a legal framework for lawful information-sharing, using a common language.
The Big Five
Through this collaborative process, the Coalition produced the Big Five, a common emergency plan adopted by all San Mateo County school districts and law enforcement agencies. The Big Five protocol supports high-quality training for school staff and community members and ensures clear channels of communication among schools, first responders, parents, and community members should an emergency occur.
Other Work by the Coalition
In addition to the Big Five, the Coalition released a Student Threat Assessment Protocol and Suicide Prevention Toolkit in August 2017, and has provided training to every school district in San Mateo County, along with several private schools. While not a foolproof method of assessing risk, the Student Threat Assessment Protocol provides every school with an evidence-based process and is intended to provide early intervention and support to students who may be struggling. To support this process, there is also a countywide Level Two Student Threat Assessment Team that meets on a regular basis to review cases.
Learn more about the Coalition's and SMCOE's programs and resources to foster safe and supportive schools.
|Bayshore Elementary School District, San Mateo County Superintendents Association||Audra Pittman||Superintendent|
|County of San Mateo Human Services Agency||Jennifer Valencia||Director, Children and Family Services|
|County of San Mateo Human Services Agency||Trisha Howard||Emergency Response Manager|
|Jefferson Union High School District||Dorene Basuino||Student Services|
|Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association||Ed Barberini||Association President; Chief of Police, San Bruno|
|San Mateo Consolidated Fire||Bill Euchner||Battalion Chief|
|San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services||Toni Demarco||Deputy Director|
|San Mateo County Board of Supervisors||Chris Hunter||Chief of Staff, Don Horsley|
|San Mateo County Board of Supervisors, District 5||Ann Keighran||Legislative Aid, David Canepa|
|San Mateo County Community College District||Bill Woods||Director of Public Safety|
|San Mateo County Counsel||Claire Cunningham||Chief Deputy County Counsel|
|San Mateo County Counsel||Adam Ely||Deputy County Counsel|
|San Mateo County Office of Education||Nancy Magee||County Superintendent|
|San Mateo County Office of Education||Jeneé Littrell||Deputy Superintendent, Student Services|
|San Mateo County Office of Education||Mary McGrath||Director, Safe and Supportive Schools|
|San Mateo County Office of Education||Patricia Love||Administrator, Strategy and Communications|
|San Mateo County Office of Education||Molly Henricks||Coordinator, School Safety and Risk Prevention|
|San Mateo County Office of Education||Donna Sims||Consultant, The Big Five|
|San Mateo County Probation||Michelle Kozul||Director, Juvenile Division|
|San Mateo County Schools Insurance Group||Tom Ledda||Senior Loss Control Analyst|
|San Mateo County Sheriff's Office, Homeland Security Division||Scott Kirkpatrick||Captain, Office of Emergency Services and Homeland Security|
|San Mateo Union High School District, 9-12 School Districts Services||Don Scatena||Director of Student Services|
|Sequoia Union High School District, 9-12 School Districts Services||Jarrett Dooley||Director of Student Services|
Background on the Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities
San Mateo County’s collaborative work on school safety began in April 2013, when Congresswoman Speier, Supervisors Horsley and Tissier, Sheriff Munks, Superintendent Anne Campbell, and retired Assemblymember Gene Mullin sponsored a summit, "Beyond Newtown: How to Ensure Safe Schools and Communities." The Coalition for Safe Schools and Communities was created as a result of that summit.
"Beyond Newtown" Summit Resources
The following resources include information presented at the Summit.