School Safety: Message from Superintendent Lewis

River Charter Schools Families,

In the wake of the recent tragedy in Florida, our organization (River Charter Schools) have taken a series of steps to make sure our schools are safe.

I am working with our local law enforcement on joint efforts to address the community’s heightened concerns over this matter.  My top priority is the safety of our students, staff and school community.  River Charter Schools’ commitment to providing socio-emotional supports to students is stronger than ever and our CSUS partners and Yolo County Social Services Division have been in contact with me this week to discuss a plan to ensure all students feel safe and welcome in our schools.

Over the past several weeks, West Sacramento Police Department Chief:  Thomas McDonald and I have been in communication regarding an upcoming Town Hall meeting for our school community.  I have spoken to our Sheriff in Clarksburg who will be part of this important gathering.  I will be sending an invite to all our families (DECS/LCS) soon with the date and location for this meeting which will occur in the next 2-3 weeks.

I understand that the trauma and emotion that results from hearing about tragic incidents like the one in Florida requires extra attention and I ask all parents to contact your school Principal if you would like to learn more about the socio-emotional supports that are available to your student.  Our partnership with CSUS and Yolo County is ready to provide support.

Finally, I would like our River Charter Schools’ parents and community members to contact the police, as well as the site principal, immediately to report any suspicious activity or rumors that they hear of, whether these activities are seen in person, on social media or in another place.

We are committed to you.

Steve Lewis,