CLOWNING POSTS ON SOCIAL MEDIA
MESSAGE FROM INTERIM SUPERINTENDENT, CHERYL JORDAN
Dear Parents and Staff,
I wanted to make you aware of an issue that continues to spread throughout social media outlets and the news. The "creepy clown" or "clowning" phenomenon has been an issue in other parts of the country and we're beginning to hear stories of concerns in other Bay Area locations and in Southern California. "Clowning" includes dressing up as a scary clown and frightening or harassing people. The definition is very vague and can include a wide range of threats from minor to serious.
We were informed that last night a photo of a clown in front of one of our schools was posted to Instagram. Milpitas police investigated and found three youths with a clown costume, the police talked with their parents about the incident. Should we be informed of any other incidents, we will work with Milpitas police to ensure the safety of our students, staff, and community. Please do not hesitate to report any threats to the MPD and your school principal.
It is unfortunate that social media is being used to promote disruptive behavior. As related by other school districts, there have been students spreading this rumor by posting Instagram and Facebook comments that have been perceived as threatening. Let's work together to remind our Milpitas youth that making a social media post that threatens a school and/or any student is considered a serious offense.
We appreciate our community for being vigilant and helping our district as we work together to be informed and mindful of events that may be topics of discussion for our children.
Thank you for being our partners in building a strong MUSD Family and community in which WE can all feel valued and safe.
Queridos padres de familia y/o tutores,
Quisiera informarles acerca de un problema que continúa esparciéndose a través del internet y las noticias. El “creepy clown” (payaso escabroso) o “clowning” (payaseando) ha sido un problema en otras partes del país y empezamos a oír historias de preocupación en lugares en el área de la bahía y el sur de california. “Clowning” significa disfrazarse como un payaso escabroso o molestando a las personas. La definición no es muy concreta e incluye una gran variedad de amenazas ya sean pequeñas o serias.
Anoche fuimos informados que una foto de un payaso fue puesta en una de nuestras escuelas, la cual fue puesta en Instagram (internet). El departamento de policía de Milpitas investigó y encontraron a tres jóvenes disfrazados como payasos, la policía habló con sus padres acerca del incidente. Si se reportan más incidentes, trabajaremos con el departamento de policía de milpitas para asegurar la seguridad de nuestros estudiantes, personal y comunidad. Por favor no deje de reportar cualquier amenaza a la depto. de policía de Milpitas y al director de la escuela.
Es muy triste que el internet ( social media/ medio social por internet) sea usado para promover este tiempo de comportamiento inadecuado. Otras distritos escolares, reportan que han habido estudiantes que están difundiendo este rumor por medio comentarios en Instagram y Facebook que se perciben como amenazas. Trabajemos juntos para recordar a nuestros jóvenes de milpitas que poniendo este tipo de rumores de amenaza en la escuela es considerado como una ofensa seria.
Apreciamos a nuestra comunidad por estar al tanto y ayudar a nuestro distrito, trabajando juntos para estar informados y estar percatados de eventos que pueden ser temas de discusión para nuestros niños.
Gracias por ser nuestros aliados en formar una familia y comunidad fuerte de MUSD en la cual “NOS” podemos sentir valorados y seguros.
STRANGER ALERT LETTER
FROM THE DESK OF THE PRINCIPAL
September 27, 2016
A parent informed us today that yesterday afternoon, September 27, 2016, two male middle school students were walking home on Escuela Parkway after practice and were approached by a man and a young boy driving a 4-door car. The students stated that the driver appeared to be in his 20’s and the young boy was blond and about 10 years old. The man stopped near the boys, and the young boy in the car asked them if they would like a ride. The students declined and reported the incident to their parents who informed the police. A report was filed with the Milpitas Police Department, and as a result, there will be an increased police presence around our schools. As always our administrators and staff will be visible after school watching over kids as they leave the school grounds. We will be sure to keep you abreast of any new information.
Please remind your children of safety precautions on their way to and from school. All school age children should know their addresses, phone numbers, and parents’/guardians’ names so that they can provide the information to a person who can offer help. Establish safe houses in your neighborhood for your child to go to if needed.
Following are some safety precautions to share and role-play with your children:
- Always walk or bike to school with one or more friends;
- Always keep parents/guardians informed of where you are;
- When approached by a stranger who wants you to go with him/her, run in the opposite direction, go to a safe place or adult, and yell, “I need Help!”
- Move away from a car that pulls up beside you when you don’t know the driver;
- If a stranger tells you that there is an emergency, a family member is hurt, or a pet has been in an accident, always check with a parent or an adult you know, and do not go with the stranger;
- Sometimes strangers will ask you to take money or to help them find a lost dog to get you to go with them, do not go;
- Do not get in to a car or go with a stranger even if s/he has a young child with him;
- Take a picture of the license plate or remember the number with a friend who is with you;
- Please encourage your child to inform an adult immediately of any suspicious person, and call the Milpitas Police (408-586-2400) or 911 .
I assure you that we have taken all measures to ensure student safety while at school. Please feel free to contact the Weller Administration with any questions at 408-635-2876 (option "0") or the Milpitas Police Department at 408-586-2400.
Raquel Kusunoki, Principal
Parwinder Johal, Assistant Principal
Dear Weller Parents and Families,
This school year will be the first time that attendance data will be collected in the California Longitudinal Pupil Achievement Data System.
A brief by the U.S. Department of Education’s Office of Civil Rights found that 6.5 million students (13 percent) were chronically absent in the nation’s schools during the 2013–14 school year. California did only slightly better than the national average, with 12 percent of our students chronically absent. This means that 719,747 children are at risk of falling behind and possibly dropping out before high school graduation—a staggering number that calls for our most diligent efforts to address this crisis for California children.
California Education Code (EC) Section 60901 defines a chronic absentee as a student who has missed 10 percent or more of school days for any reason, including unexcused or excused absences and suspensions, during the days enrolled. Remember that chronic absence is different from truancy. In California, truancy is defined in EC Section 48260 as missing three days of school or being more than 30 minutes late to class without a valid excuse three times in one school year.
Research show a strong correlation between student attendance and school success. Too many absences negatively impact your child’s chance of success. To ensure your child’s success, I ask that we work together and make every effort to ensure that your student attend school on a daily basis.
To assist you, we have provided some resources for you to consider:
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