Kelseyville Unified School District – Crisis Communication
On a crisp autumn morning after school busses were already en route to pick up students and transport them to school, the Kelseyville Unified School District (KVUSD) Office received news of a potential school-shooter threat at its middle school. District staff immediately called the Lake County Sheriff’s Department, rerouted buses to a safe location, and locked down all schools. Shortly thereafter, the Sheriff’s Department called to inform District personnel that the person of interest had been detained and the threat was nullified.
Superintendent Dave McQueen said, “Once we knew the person who made the threat was in custody, we reopened schools and resumed bus service. In this day and age, we take every threat seriously. I’d rather overreact and keep everyone safe than assume a threat is idle talk from a student looking for attention. I appreciate the Sheriff’s deputies’ swift response and the KVUSD staff’s professionalism in handling the situation.”
Founded in 1921, Kelseyville Unified is the second largest of seven districts located in Lake County, California. The District serves the town of Kelseyville, which includes the Big Valley area, Soda Bay, the Buckingham peninsula, the Riviera and up to the crest of Cobb Mountain. The District is made up of six active school sites, a seventh additional alternative day school which was established in the spring of 2002, and a historical site affectionately referred to as Hells Bend.
By working with Jendi, I can keep parents informed while I focus on running the school district, especially when we’re dealing with a crisis. This helps parents remain calm, knowing that their children are safe and in good hands.
– Dave McQueen, Superintendent