Carmel Unified School District improves school-to-home communication by implementing Peachjar to distribute school flyers directly to families digitally
Carmel Unified School District is committed to educational excellence and ensuring that parents stay informed about important activities and events that enhance their child’s life. In an effort to improve parent and community engagement, Carmel Unified School District will start using Peachjar as of August 1, 2018 to send digital flyers directly to our families.
Digital flyers will be sent directly to parents who see them as visually engaging images right on their smartphone or computer screen. Additionally, all flyers will be posted to each school’s website. Parents will be able to click to register their children for youth sports, enrichment programs, and community events.
By using this new system, Carmel Unified School District expects to eliminate the need to print roughly 672,000 sheets of paper per year– nearly 81 trees. Additionally, the school district no longer incurs the administrative burden and costs associated with paper flyer distribution.
School Resource Officer Grant
We are excited to announce the district has just received a Tobacco Law Enforcement Grant Program for over half a million dollars to fund a District School Resource Officer (SRO) for the next two years!
The SRO will be responsible for providing tobacco-use prevention education, assisting with security and safety plans, conducting site assessments and drills, and acting as a liaison between the school district and the Monterey County Sheriff's Department and other first responders, especially in times of emergency. The SRO will not be in a disciplinary role; that responsibility will remain with school and district administrators. We will be providing more information to parents as fall approaches but some background information can be found at https://nasro.org/frequently-asked-questions/ if you are interested in learning more at this time.
Some of you may be aware that we had a successful School Resource Officer program in the past until the funding ran out. The idea of a school resource officer resurfaced in discussions over this past year at the Superintendent’s Community Advisory Council meetings and School Board meetings. The focus of these discussions has been on the improvements in student safety that an SRO can bring to our schools. When this eleventh-hour grant opportunity came up in May, we accelerated our timeline to make application for this funding. We received letters of supportive endorsement from Monterey County Sheriff Steve Bernal and Congressman Jimmy Panetta which enhanced our application.
We will be working with the Sheriff's Department over the summer to select an officer who has the right qualities to fit within the school setting. We know the success of an SRO is built on relationships, and we want to find an individual who relates well to students. Once selected, the officer will receive specialized training. We hope to have the new person in place at the start of the upcoming school year.
We are pleased to add this new resource to our district and look forward to bringing the expertise of a peace officer to our school sites.
#WeAreCarmelUnified - A Focus on School Safety
Dear Parents, Staff, and Community Advisory Council Members:
Click below to find the latest edition of #WeAreCarmelUnified - A Focus on School Safety.
English Version - #WeAreCarmelUnified
Spanish Version - #WeAreCarmelUnified
Barb Dill-Varga, Ed.D.
4:30 PM - 5:30 PM CCS Back to School Night
6:00 PM - 7:15 PM River Back to School Night
6:00 PM - 8:00 PM Tularcitos Back to School Night Grades 1st - 5th
6:00 PM - 7:00 PM Carmelo Back to School Night
5:30 PM - 8:00 PM CMS: Back to School Night
6:00 PM CHS Back-to-School Night
4:30 PM Board of Education Meeting