Message from the Superintendent

May 25, 2022

Dear OUSD Community,

As you are likely aware, a tragic shooting occurred at a public school in Texas yesterday, resulting in the senseless deaths of two teachers and nineteen students at Robb Elementary School. It’s a devastating heartbreak no one should ever have to face.

While this event was almost 1,300 miles away from our community, the media coverage brings it into our homes and lives. Because it is difficult to predict how anyone will react to a traumatic event, the best we can do is to be supportive of one another.

Please know that the health and safety of our students and staff remain a top priority, and we will continue to work together to ensure they always find school to be a safe place filled with engagement and support. Below are resources that you and your family may find helpful on how to reinforce safety for your children and how to communicate about this tragedy in an age-appropriate context:

Trained school staff are available should students seek additional emotional support. In addition, General Mental Health, Crisis, and Emergency Resources, and Parent Education and Workshops are available on the OUSD website.

When it comes to safety on our campuses and the well-being of our students, please know that we continually address these priorities through multiple actions. Our school sites emphasize cultures of kindness and inclusion through daily best practices, schoolwide initiatives, and assemblies. We maintain strong partnerships with our local law enforcement, first responders, and the Orange County Department of Education to discuss preventive and proactive measures that may be taken to better protect our students and staff from acts of violence, natural disasters, and other emergency situations.

We have safety plans in place at each of our schools that we consistently review, evaluate and practice. Each school plan is customized and updated annually. Safety drills are conducted regularly, and procedures are practiced at all schools for various types of emergencies, including fire, earthquake, and lock-down drills.

Everyone in our community plays an important role in maintaining public safety, and we encourage families to engage in conversations about safety and well-being with their children, as well as report any safety concerns to your site administrator.

On behalf of our Board of Education and staff, I wish to express our deepest condolences and sympathy to the community of Uvalde, Texas, and to all those who have been affected by the recent tragedies in California and beyond.


Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D.

Superintendent of Schools

Orange Unified School District

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