[Sign Up Now] to Receive Our FREE Daily SCVTV-SCVNews Digest by E-Mail

Inside
Weather
Santa Clarita CA
Mostly sunny
Mostly sunny
72°F
 
Calendar
Today in
S.C.V. History
May 30
2013 - Powerhouse Fire breaks out in San Francisquito Canyon; will destroy 30 homes & 28 outbuildings [story]
Powerhouse Fire


| Monday, Aug 12, 2019
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies joined (from left) Dr. Kati Krumpe, Torrance Unified School District Chief Academic Officer; Dr. Debra Duardo, superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education; LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Dr. Jon Sherin; and LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn for a press conference in Torrance Monday spotlighting the expansion of the county's START school violence prevention program. (Courtesy photo.)
Los Angeles County Sheriff's deputies joined (from left) Dr. Kati Krumpe, Torrance Unified School District Chief Academic Officer; Dr. Debra Duardo, superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education; LA County Supervisor Kathryn Barger; Dr. Jon Sherin; and LA County Supervisor Janice Hahn for a press conference in Torrance Monday spotlighting the expansion of the county's START school violence prevention program. (Courtesy photo.)

 

Torrance – Los Angeles County Supervisors Janice Hahn and Kathryn Barger held a press conference with officials at Torrance High School Monday to mark the expansion of a school violence prevention program, in the wake of recent mass shootings and in time for the back-to-school season.

The press conference was designed to get word to parents and teachers about how to use the expanded important program.

The School Threat Assessment Response Team is a team of county mental health professionals who partner with local law enforcement to respond to calls about possible threats against schools across the county. The aim is to intervene before a threat of school violence becomes a reality.

“We cannot afford to miss a red flag,” Hahn said. “I have no doubt that START has already saved lives and with this expansion, the team is more capable than ever to respond to potential threats and prevent acts of school violence.”

“Preventing campus violence through early identification and intervention is really key,” Barger said. “Since START was created a decade ago, it has made immense progress to help protect our students and provide them with the mental health resources they need.”

Teachers, school administrators, school counselors, fellow students or parents can call START’s 24/7 phone line at 800-854-7771 with information about a possible threat or concerning behavior.

START’s mental health professionals can immediately respond to assess the authenticity of the threat, conduct a school visit, visit the student’s home, involve law enforcement if necessary, and connect the student with long-term mental health treatment in order to resolve any problem.

For years, the START team has been relatively small. Until recently, they were made up of 10 staff. However, in recent years the team has received a high volume of calls and the number of calls surge following a mass shooting. After the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, the START team responded to 63 referrals of threats per week.

In response, Hahn and Barger proposed expanding the START team. In time for the back-to-school season, the START team has now expanded to 42 members who can respond to threats to any school.

With the expanded team, START is conducting training for teachers, counselors and law enforcement groups to encourage situational awareness and how to spot concerning behavior.

Torrance High School, the site of Monday’s press conference, has already received the START training and Torrance Unified School District officials spoke to the effectiveness of this program.

“Torrance Unified takes a proactive approach to student support programs,” said TUSD Board President Don Lee. “I would like to commend the tireless efforts of our District administrators, teachers, counselors, and staff, who invest their time ensure our students receive the supports they need to be successful in school and life. The efforts of Supervisor Hahn and the Board of Supervisors, along with the Department of Mental Health in increasing these critical resources will greatly help TUSD continue to strengthen the systems of support we provide our students.”

“Our priority as educators is to ensure all children have the safe learning environments they deserve,” said Dr. Debra Duardo, superintendent of the Los Angeles County Office of Education. “While schools remain among the safest places in our communities, START gives us a vital tool for preventing acts of targeted violence that sadly are on the rise around the nation.”

LACOE provides ongoing training for the region’s 80 K-12 districts on the START program. It is integrated into the Office’s comprehensive safe schools training provided through conferences and workshops, which reach administrators, teachers, counselors, campus security personnel, school resource officers and other school staff countywide.

For more information about the START program, visit https://dmh.lacounty.gov/START/.

Comment On This Story
COMMENT POLICY: We welcome comments from individuals and businesses. All comments are moderated. Comments are subject to rejection if they are vulgar, combative, or in poor taste.
REAL NAMES ONLY: All posters must use their real individual or business name. This applies equally to Twitter account holders who use a nickname.

0 Comments

You can be the first one to leave a comment.

Leave a Comment


LOS ANGELES COUNTY HEADLINES
Friday, May 29, 2020
California Department of Public Health officials gave Los Angeles County the OK Friday to reopen restaurants for in-person dining and allow barbershops and hair salons to resume offering services.
Friday, May 29, 2020
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Friday 1,824 new cases of COVID-19 and 50 new deaths due to the virus countywide, and a total of 1,306 cases reported in the Santa Clarita Valley since the pandemic began, 122 more than reported Thursday.
Thursday, May 28, 2020
Now implemented statewide, CalFresh Awareness Month in L.A. County has been recognized by the California Department of Social Services as a “best practice” to connect with diverse and hard to serve communities through strategic and culturally sensitive outreach.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
A task force led by the Los Angeles County Office of Education on Wednesday released a schools reopening plan for the 2020-21 academic year during the COVID-19 pandemic, which forced the physical closure in March of all K-12 campuses in the region.
Wednesday, May 27, 2020
During his weekly virtual press conference on Wednesday, May 27, Los Angeles County Sheriff Alex Villanueva outlined why staffing levels matter and how he views being provided an inadequate budget affects staffing.

Keep Up With Our Facebook
Latest Additions to SCVNews.com
2013 - Powerhouse Fire breaks out in San Francisquito Canyon; will destroy 30 homes & 28 outbuildings [story]
Powerhouse Fire
The city of Santa Clarita's Planning Commissioners will consider extending the timeframe for a 90,900-square-foot business development on Sierra Highway and hear public comments on a proposed 375-unit residential development in Saugus at the commission's next meeting on Tuesday, June 2, starting at 6 p.m.
June 2: City Planners to Ponder Project Time Extension; 375-Unit Saugus Development
For the 60 soon-to-be graduates of the College of the Canyons Registered Nurse Class of 2020, entry into the world of nursing will be baptism by fire.
COC Registered Nurse Grads to Join Frontline of COVID-19 Battle
California Department of Public Health officials gave Los Angeles County the OK Friday to reopen restaurants for in-person dining and allow barbershops and hair salons to resume offering services.
State OK’s L.A. County In-Person Dining, Opening of Hair Salons, Barbershops
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Friday 1,824 new cases of COVID-19 and 50 new deaths due to the virus countywide, and a total of 1,306 cases reported in the Santa Clarita Valley since the pandemic began, 122 more than reported Thursday.
Friday COVID-19 Roundup: 103,886 Cases Statewide, 1,306 Cases in SCV
California will enter the next phase of reopening its economy, but decisions will be left up to individual counties, Governor Gavin Newsom said Friday.
Newsom: Future Reopening of Economy Will Be Left to Counties
CVS Health has opened additional COVID-19 test sites at select CVS Pharmacy drive-thru locations, including the Canyon Country location at 26861 Sierra Highway.
CVS Health Offers COVID-19 Testing at Canyon Country Drive-Thru
During the COVID-19 pandemic, it is hard to sort through true and false claims promoted by researchers that could be for profit and even harm the public.
Manipulating Covid Data for Profit | Doctor’s Diary with Dr. Gene Dorio
Artist, writer, educator and CalArts alum Audrey Chan (Art MFA 07) has been named the first-ever resident artist by the American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California.
CalArts Alum Audrey Chan Named Inaugural ACLU SoCal Artist in Residence
CSUN’s Class of 2019-2020 worked too hard — and overcame too many challenges — not to celebrate the completion of this chapter in their academic journey, at least virtually.
CSUN Celebrates Class of 2019-2020 (Video)
The COVID-19 pandemic has required people to stay at home as much as possible. For those in abusive households, “Safer at Home” orders heightened the risk factors associated with child maltreatment, domestic violence and sexual assault.
Unsafe at Home: CSUN’s Strength United Supports Survivors of Abuse, Assault
The Valley Industry Association aka VIA will launch a member-exclusive online business coaching program, called "Breakfast Club," on Friday, June 5, from 8 a.m. to 9:15 a.m.
June 5: VIA to Launch ‘Breakfast Club’ Business Coaching Sessions
The California State Senate rejected Governor Gavin Newsom’s proposed budget cuts to sectors like education and health care Thursday, instead seeking to draw down more reserves, raise taxes on certain industries and borrow against the future to make up an estimated $54 billion shortfall.
California Senate Rejects Governor Newsom’s Call for Budget Cuts
Donaldson Company, Inc., based in Bloomington, Minnesota with operations also in Valencia, announced on Friday that its Board of Directors declared a regular cash dividend of 21.0 cents per share, payable June 30, 2020, to shareholders of record on June 15, 2020.
Donaldson Co. Declares Cash Dividend
1987 - Director John Landis acquitted of charges in deaths of Vic Morrow and two child actors on Valencia set of "Twilight Zone: The Movie" [story]
John Landis and Harland Braun
The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health confirmed Thursday 1,094 new cases of COVID-19 and 48 new deaths due to the virus countywide, with a total of 1,184 cases reported in the Santa Clarita Valley since the pandemic began.
Thursday COVID-19 Roundup: 101,697 Cases Statewide, 1,184 SCV Cases
A power outage in Valencia reportedly affected 1, 228 residents Thursday afternoon.
Approximately 1,200 Valencia Residents Affected by Power Outage
(CN) — The CEO of the California High Speed Rail Authority had to take on all comers during an oversight hearing in the state assembly on Wednesday afternoon.
California Lawmakers Slam High-Speed Rail Head
(CN) — Millions are filing initial claims for unemployment insurance each week, but insured U.S. unemployment rate has fallen 2.6%, the Department of Labor reported Thursday. It’s the first decrease of the pandemic era.
U.S. Jobless Claims Eclipse 40 Million
The Los Angeles Rams have finalized their 2020 preseason schedule, the club announced Wednesday.
Aug. 14: Rams Take On Saints in Preseason Opener at New SoFi Stadium
Now implemented statewide, CalFresh Awareness Month in L.A. County has been recognized by the California Department of Social Services as a “best practice” to connect with diverse and hard to serve communities through strategic and culturally sensitive outreach.
CalFresh Celebrates 10 Years of Outreach (Video)
The city of Santa Clarita is proud to announce that Elena Galvez has been named to the Board of Directors for the Southern California Chapter of Sister Cities International.
Elena Galvez Named to Southern California’s Sister Cities International Board
If you anticipate your loved one could be admitted to a nursing home or hospital, think about giving them a crash course in using a smart phone.
Crash Course in Technology | Doctor’s Diary with Dr. Gene Dorio
A Saugus High School teacher has been arrested on suspicion of having oral sex with a minor, according to Santa Clarita Valley Sheriff’s Station booking logs.
Update: Hart District Suspends Teacher Arrested on Suspicion of Oral Copulation With a Minor
%d bloggers like this: