Senator Mitchell's press release in response to the closure of LAUSD schools

December 15, 2015

Let’s keep L.A.’s school children safe!


"Today, Los Angeles Unified School District (LAUSD) Superintendent Ramon Cortines closed all schools in the District in response to a credible threat of violence received late last night. Every school campus is being searched. LAUSD gave a televised update at 10 am, promising to continue to do so every half-hour for the remainder of the day.

"The threat received was specific to the LAUSD. Other school districts are remaining open. Parents of students outside LAUSD public schools (e.g. Culver City, Inglewood, etc.) should call or check school websites for the latest information.

"I urge everyone to work with school officials and the community, to remain calm and flexible, and pro-actively help families do what they feel is necessary to ensure children and family members are safe. Employers should be as flexible as possible during this time, especially difficult for working parents.

"With schools closed, all children must stay or return home, and their parents or guardians should keep them away from school campuses. It’s important to know the whereabouts of minors  at all times. Metro buses, subway and light rail in L.A. will allow LAUSD students with valid school ID to travel today for free.

Parents/guardians should ensure that each child’s school has a current emergency card completed, along with phone numbers of contacts, so school personnel know which adults may pick up the child.

Teenagers and children should be re-assured that everyone is working together and that each of them, their classmates and schools will be kept safe.

"Parents and LAUSD employees may call 213-241-2064 for emergency information, and should be specific and patient.

"Remember, if you see something -- say something!"


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