Sonoma Marin SMART Train wants to remind everyone that the tracks in Sonoma and Marin Counties are an active railroad. Freight trains currently operate on SMART's tracks and passenger trains have arrived and are being tested. SMART Train has created a Rail Safe website with rail safety resources for all members of the community, including parents and students. On this website you will find downloads to rail safety materials and links to other rail safety resources. You can sign up for a free rail safety presentation to your school or community group and play the SMART Rail Safety Game made for kids of all ages.
Governor Brown recently signed a package of bills dealing with tobacco, electronic cigarettes, and changing California's legal smoking age from 18 to 21 years of age.
May was Labor History and Safe Jobs for Youth Month. Although recognized in May, a letter from the State Superintendent of Public Instruction stresses the role and contributions of labor in the development of California and the United States. See the links provided in the letter for more information.
Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, has written a letter to update you on the newly enacted Every Student Succeeds Act and share what is ahead in the transition to a new state accountability system. The new federal law provides states with more flexibility to design accountability and system of support that will be easier to align with current CA reforms, such as the Local Control Funding Formula and Local Control and Accountability Plans.
Consistent with Education Code section 48980 and other state and federal laws which require districts to annually notify students, parents, and guardians of their legal rights and responsibilities, attached is a form Annual Notice to Parents appropriate for use for the 2016-2017 school year.
Per the attached letter from Tom Torlakson, State Superintendent of Public Instruction, with the beginning of a new calendar year, the California Department of Education is emphasizing more pointedly our most important priority – student safety.
Protocol to Report Activities or Events Considered an Emergency and/or of High Importance - Private, Parochial and Independent Schools
Reporting school-related emergencies from weather-related to intruder lock downs