Dear Families, Student safety is our highest priority. That’s why year after year, we review, update and improve our safety practices and protocols. We wanted to share an update about some of our new and ongoing safety practices. NEW SAFETY UPDATES GGUSD has five highly trained School Resource Officers as part of our wonderful partnership with the Garden Grove Police Department and the district has plans in place to increase our number of SRO’s with GGPD as well as the other police departments that serve our district (Westminster, Fountain Valley and Santa Ana). GGUSD SROs have added a third support dog to their team. “Heart” joins Misha and Nellie to provide students with another layer of social-emotional support. In partnership with the Orange County Threat Assessment Intelligence Center, GGUSD administrators received training in the Comprehensive School Threat Assessment Guide which better prepares school leaders to identify threats and prevent violence. On Friday, January 13, GGUSD administrators attended an emergency preparedness training hosted by Garden Grove Police Department and the Orange County Fire Authority at Bolsa Grande High School. While this was a non-student day, students (with parent permission) and staff carried out an emergency scenario to highlight important preparedness strategies by all agencies involved. This year, GGUSD launched STOPit, a web and mobile platform that allows students, parents and community members to anonymously report concerns about inappropriate or unsafe behaviors. ONGOING GGUSD has a safety plan in place at each of our 67 schools. The plans are reviewed and revised each year to help strengthen our level of preparedness. Each school carries out several emergency drills every year that include the active shooter lockdown drill. District leaders meet regularly to review district plans, resources, and systems. GGUSD uses REMS, a web-based rapid responder system that maintains critical information about our schools needed in an emergency. Over the last few years, GGUSD has invested $100 million to increase panic hardware, safety alarms, security cameras and wrought-iron fencing. As part of Measure P, GGUSD also relocated school campus entrances to the front of each site, limiting access to outsiders. When it comes to student safety, school districts can never be too prepared. Most importantly, we have wonderful staff, students, and parents – who are the eyes and ears on our school sites. We ask that you never hesitate to report suspicious activity and encourage your children to do the same. Please remember that if you see something, say something. Thank you for your partnership in keeping our students safe.
Dear GGUSD Families, The majority of GGUSD students attend their school of residence or the neighborhood school closest to their home. However, GGUSD has a process that allows families who live within GGUSD boundaries to apply for a transfer from one GGUSD school to another (intra-district transfer) as well as for families living outside of GGUSD boundaries to apply for a transfer into the district (inter-district transfer). The transfer application window for the 2023-2024 school year will be open Monday , January 9 through Sunday, February 5. The transfer application process is completely online so there is no longer a need to come to the district office to complete your application. To begin a transfer application, visit https://ggusd.us/transfers . Students who live within the GGUSD boundaries and are currently on an intra-district transfer do not need to complete a transfer application unless they are moving levels from elementary to intermediate or intermediate to high schools . If your child is on an intra-district transfer and is progressing from 6th grade to 7th grade or 8th grade to 9th grade, please complete the online transfer application process if you would like your child to attend a school next year that is not his/her home school . If you reside outside GGUSD boundaries and are requesting an Inter-District Transfer to continue in GGUSD, contact your district of residence and apply for a transfer release. Please be aware that if GGUSD approves your transfer application, you can still continue to attend GGUSD schools even if your home district denies your transfer while you are awaiting an appeal from the Orange County Department of Education. Please contact Garden Grove Unified School District Office of Student Services at (714) 663-6391 if your home district denies your transfer so that we may assist you through the process. All transfers are subject to space availability at the school selected and applicable regulations. School transportation for any student approved for a school transfer is the responsibility of the student’s parent or guardian. If you have questions about the transfer process, please contact the Office of Student Services at (714) 663-6391.
Dear Families, GGUSD values open communication and our partnership with families! When you have a question, challenge, or concern, we want to make it as easy as possible for you to get an answer and resolution! If you haven’t already, please read our Communication Guidelines for information about who to contact with any concerns. We believe that, with mutually respectful communication, most questions or concerns are resolved with your child’s teacher and school principal. If your issue remains unresolved after speaking with your child’s teacher and school administrator, then each level (elementary and secondary) has an Assistant Superintendent who can step in to assist. At this point, it becomes a more formalized complaint. There are three types of complaints: 1. Complaints on behalf of students by students/parents against school employees are called Formal Complaints. If you have a concern on behalf of a student and are seeking a specific remedy that was not reached by following our Communication Guidelines, you may submit a Formal Complaint Form in one of the following ways: Click here to download a fillable form which can be printed and submitted to your child’s school or emailed to email@example.com ; or Click here to complete the online Google Form which will be automatically submitted to firstname.lastname@example.org . More information about Formal Complaints can be found at Board Policy 3120 . 2. Complaints alleging a violation of federal or state laws which may include discrimination, harassment, intimidation or bullying are called Uniform Complaints. To file a uniform complaint, call the Office of Educational Services at 714-663-6143 or submit a letter to 10331 Stanford Avenue, Garden Grove, 92842 to the Attention of: Assistant Superintendent of K-12 Educational Services. More information about Uniform Complaints can be found at Board Policy 3119 . 3. Complaints regarding instructional materials, teacher vacancy or misassignment and emergency or urgent facility conditions that pose a threat to the health and safety of pupils are called Williams Complaints . Click here for information about Williams Complaints (Administrative Regulation 3119.2) and for the Williams Complaint Form. As always, reaching out to your child’s teacher or school administrator is always the best way to resolve your concerns. However, if your concern does require additional attention, the district is highly committed to working alongside you to ensure that the concerns of your family and your child are addressed. We value your feedback and are committed to our district’s ongoing improvements!
Dear Families, Communicating with GGUSD is easy. Our Communication Guidelines were created to help families know who to contact when they have questions or concerns. Most questions and concerns are addressed and resolved at the school level. Click here for our Communication Guidelines document with the most up-to-date contact information for parent communication in GGUSD. We also welcome you to submit suggestions, questions and input to our Online Suggestion Box so that we may better meet your needs and interests. You may choose to leave your phone number for a call back or simply leave your suggestion anonymously. Click here for the Suggestion Box. Families and students may also opt to make an anonymous report regarding unsafe or inappropriate behavior through our anonymous reporting platform called STOPit. The program is designed to improve student safety and mental wellness on student campuses and allows anonymous reports to be made via phone, website or mobile app. Click here to learn more. Thank you to our families for your ongoing partnership and communication.
Dear Families, We know that access to a reliable internet connection is important to our students and families. We wanted to make you aware of the Affordable Connectivity Program which provides eligible households with up to a $30 discount off their monthly internet bill. It also offers a one-time discount of up to $100 to purchase a laptop, desktop computer or tablet from participating providers. The program is offered through the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to help qualifying families of preK to adult students. Families who qualify for free or reduced lunch as well as those who participate in certain federal assistance programs such as SNAP or WIC are eligible to apply. There are two steps to enroll. Go to www.affordableconnectivity.gov to submit an application or print a mail-in application. Contact your preferred participating provider to select an eligible plan and have the discount applied to your bill. Visit www.affordableconnectvity.gov or view the attached flyer for more information.
Dear GGUSD Families, In the coming weeks, GGUSD families will receive a mailed copy of our 2022-23 Annual Report which highlights the recent accomplishments of our students, staff, and school communities. We publish an Annual Report to remain transparent with our community around our ongoing progress related to our district’s 3 Goals (Academic Skills + Personal Skills = Lifelong Success). Click here for the electronic version of our 2022-23 Annual Report which is posted on our website. GGUSD considers our families to be valuable partners as we work together to support the academic and social-emotional needs of ALL students. Your feedback is important to help us improve year after year. We know that you have great ideas because you know your children best! We welcome you to submit suggestions, questions and input to our Online Suggestion Box so that we may better meet your needs and interests. You may choose to leave your phone number for a call back or simply leave your suggestion anonymously. Click here for the Suggestion Box. Thank you for your continued partnership.
Dear Families, As you know, GGUSD schools provide a variety of on-site tutoring programs to ensure students receive help in the areas where they need it most. If you are unsure what is offered at your child’s school, please contact their teacher or the school office. We understand that students may need academic support in the evenings and weekends when school campuses are closed. Thanks to a new program launched by Governor Newsom and led by the State Library, students can access free online tutoring 24 hours per day, 7 days per week and work one-on-one with tutors familiar with California K-12 curriculum and standards. Click here to find a tutor through Brainfuse HelpNow, which also has tutors available who speak multiple languages. According to the state website, tutors are available at all grade levels. HelpNow features include homework help from live tutors, skill-building, personalized eLearning tools, 24-hour writing lab with constructive feedback, expert guidance for homework questions, an adult learning center, and foreign language lab. We wanted to share this free resource because we believe it may benefit our students and families. As always, if you have school-specific homework questions, do not hesitate to contact your teacher, counselor or school office for additional support.
Each year, we share with you our School News publication which is sent in the fall and again in the spring. School News includes articles highlighting successes and accomplishments from all GGUSD schools. Please take a moment to check out this publication . We are proud of our amazing staff and all that they do each year to equip students with the academic skills and personal skills for lifelong success. Click here to read our School News November 2022 publication.
Garden Grove Unified School District is hosting a Job Fair on October 27th from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. to promote in-demand job opportunities at our award-winning school district. The Job Fair will be held at Lincoln Education Center, 11262 Garden Grove Blvd. in Garden Grove. Those who attend can learn about existing opportunities to work in GGUSD, speak one-on-one with hiring managers, and complete applications on site. Some of the opportunities include Food Service Workers, Library Media Technicians, Bilingual Instructional Aides, Intensive Behavioral Intervention Assistant, and more. GGUSD is known for our amazing professional culture where employees feel like family, as well as our robust professional development, and competitive salary and benefits packages. We hope to attract members of our school communities, GGUSD graduates, and area parents who may want to work in their local neighborhood school and enjoy the flexibility of positions like Food Service Workers and School Liaisons. All job seekers are encouraged to bring their driver’s license or California ID. Click here for the Job Fair flyer.
Dear Families, We are pleased to announce that our district and schools are now using STOPit, an online anonymous reporting system that is designed to deter bullying, discrimination and other inappropriate or unsafe behaviors. Students and families can use STOPit to:
make anonymous reports through the STOPit mobile app, web app or via phone with the 24/7 Incident Response Center
alert school administrators to issues early, before they escalate
submit photo or video evidence (App/Web Only)
connect immediately via text with certified mental health counselors through the Crisis Text Line located in the app
Students and family members have the power to help keep our schools safe by notifying school officials of any harmful or inappropriate behavior they see online through social media, hear about from friends at school or any other means. Students can use STOPit to reach out for help if they or a peer are facing a personal crisis or experiencing bullying, abuse, or are in need of mental health support. STOPit can be used to report bullying, cyberbullying, discrimination, harassment, violence, threats, weapons, alcohol or drug related issues, and mental health struggles like suicidal ideations. Our goal with STOPit is to create safer, kinder, school communities both online and off. How does STOPit work? 1. Students or family members make a tip via mobile app, website or phone hotline. 2. Incident Response Center monitors and reviews the submission. 3. School administrators receive and act on tip submission. Submit a tip using STOPit. Mobile App : Scan the QR code below to download the app, search Garden Grove Unified and select your school. Website : Visit https://appweb.stopitsolutions.com/login Phone : Call the 24/7 Incident Response Center to submit a report at 1-916-562-3130 STOPit is anonymous. No personal information is needed to use STOPit. The only way personally identifiable information will be accessible through STOPit is if a student/family member voluntarily includes it within the content of a request or report. GGUSD and STOPit are committed to protecting the privacy of student data. STOPit is a signatory to the Student Privacy Pledge , spearheaded by the Future of Privacy Forum and the Software & Information Industry Association. You may review STOPit’s Privacy Polic y for details, including more information on how anonymous reporting works. The STOPit system is being shared with our third through sixth grade students in classrooms with this video and to our seventh through twelfth grade students using this video . Thank you for working alongside us to keep our schools safe.