Student Safety Advisory

February 27, 2020

Dear Madison Parents/Guardians: 

This morning we received information about a potentially suspicious individual who was standing next to his car during school hours.  Please be advised that we have alerted Pomona Police Department as a precaution for all our students and staff. 

Let me assure you that we take this matter seriously and the safety of each student is very important to Pomona Unified School District staff at all levels. Please be advised that our school is safe and secure. Again, Pomona PD has been contacted and will be actively patrolling the area.  

The unusual stranger was described as a male with a red Toyota Corolla 

In the meantime, I want to take this opportunity to ask you to rehearse with your child(ren) about how to stay safe while going to and from school. Below you will find our “Essential Tips” to aid in conversations with your children about the importance of safety.  As well, we want to remind parents to pick-up children in a timely manner to ensure the safety of our students at all times. 

DO NOT TALK TO STRANGERS –

Safe adults know better than to approach children they do not know. 

A stranger who approaches children is not to be trusted. 

NEVER APPROACH A STRANGER’S CAR –

Again, no safe adult is ever going to ask a child to come over to a car. 

ADULTS DO NOT REQUIRE HELP FROM A CHILD –

No reasonable adult is going to ask a child for help finding a lost dog or anything else. 

Don’t talk to the stranger and stay away! 

USE THE BUDDY SYSTEM –

Always try to walk in groups, or at least pairs, and be aware of your surroundings.

 

IDENTIFY WAYS TO DRAW PUBLIC ATTENTION AND GET AWAY FROM UNSAFE SITUATIONS –

It is okay to make as much noise as you can, and to run, if a stranger approaches you. 

If someone grabs you or someone you are with, fight as hard as you can.

 

REPORT ANY INCIDENT IMMEDIATELY –

Parents, teachers, other school staff, and police are all available to help. 

But they need to know about any incident right away.

 

Let’s work together to keep our children safe.  Please share these safety tips with your children. If you have any additional information about this incident that could be helpful, please call the Pomona Police Department at 909-622-1241. As always, please feel free to contact me with any additional questions, comments and/or concerns. 

Sincerely, 

Oliver Unaka

(909) 397-4480

PUSD Public Information Officer

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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