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. Emergency response, mental health, suicide prevention, threat assessment, CSEC/Human Trafficking, Student Leadership

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.

Resources

One-Page Overview of The Big Five (EnglishSpanish)

The Big Five Community Packet (English) (Chinese) (Spanish) (Tagalog)

School and District Resources

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.

Members

Agency/District Representative Position/Title
Police Chiefs and Sheriff Association Ed Barberini Chief, San Mateo Police Department
San Mateo Consolidated Fire Bill Euchner Battalion Chief
San Mateo County Behavioral Health and Recovery Services  Ziomara Ochoa Deputy Director
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Lena Silberman Legislative Aid, Don Horsley
San Mateo County Board of Supervisors Ann Keighran Legislative Aid, David Canepa
San Mateo County Community College District Brian Tupper Captain, Public Safety
San Mateo County Counsel Claire Cunningham Chief Deputy County Counsel
San Mateo County Human Services Agency John Fong Director, Children and Family Services
San Mateo County Human Services Agency Trisha Howard Emergency Response Manager
San Mateo County Office of Education Nancy Magee County Superintendent
San Mateo County Office of Education Marco Chávez Deputy Superintendent, Educational Services
San Mateo County Office of Education Mary McGrath Executive Director, Safe and Supportive Schools
San Mateo County Office of Education Patricia Love Executive Director, Strategy and Communications
San Mateo County Office of Education Molly Henricks Coordinator, School Safety and Risk Prevention
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 Scott Grosso Sergeant
San Mateo County Superintendents Association Beth Polito Superintendent, Las Lomitas Elementary School District
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.