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Department of Public Safety 
Crime Prevention Unit
700 All America Wy
Sunnyvale, CA 94086
Phone (408) 730-7140
Fax (408)749-0166

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School Security and Safety

Creating a safe place where children can learn and grow depends on partnership among students, parents, teachers, other concerned adults, and the Department of Public Safety.

School Presentation Schedule
Public Safety Headquarters Tour
Back to School Safety Checklist
School Crossing Guard Information
Drug and Alcohol Awareness
Internet Security — Protecting Children and Teens
Stranger Awareness 
Gang Awareness
Teen Dating Violence
Bicycle Safety

School Presentation

Officers are available to meet with children in the classroom or other group setting.  For younger children this can be the first step in building a positive long term association with law enforcement.  For older children, this is an excellent way to build drug, gang, internet and violence awareness.

In City of Sunnyvale Schools*, officers are scheduled for appropriate topics on a grade by grade basis, throughout the year

  • Assembly: Meet the Officer, Traffic Safety and Crossing Guard topics.
  • Fire Safety and Fire Rig Tour.
  • Drug Awareness.
  • Gang Awareness
  • Internet Safety & Bullying
  • Domestic Violence

For more information on requesting an officer visit to your classroom or group call (408) 730-7140 or submit a Speaker Request Form.


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Back to School Safety Checklist 

To help your child be safe and healthy this school year, start working with them:

  • Work out a safe route to school.  Choose the quickest way with the fewest street crossings and intersections- preferably those with crossing guards.  Stay away from parks, vacant lots, fields, empty buildings and other places where there aren't many people around.
  • Arrange to have your child walk to school with a friend, brother or sister, you, or trusted neighbor.  Avoid having children walking alone if possible.
  • Be sure they have memorized their home phone number and address, your work and another trusted adult's phone numbers, and how to use 911 for emergencies.
  • Teach them to never talk to strangers, or accept rides or gifts from strangers.  A stranger is anyone you and your child don't know well or trust.
  • If they bicycle or skateboard to school, teach them to always wear a helmet and to lock up their bike whenever they leave it.
  • If they will be home alone after school, train them to check in with you, or a trusted neighbor, as soon as they arrive home.
  • Have them call you if they are going to stay late at school and to get permission first if they want to play with a friend instead of going home.

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Crossing Guard Information / School Walking and Bicycling Maps 

Safe ways to school maps have been developed in an effort to indicate walking and bicycling routes for children.  The maps of 15 Sunnyvale elementary schools and 2 Sunnyvale middle schools are available to download.  The maps include the location of the adult school crossing guard and will help provide guidance on the safest routes to walk and bicycle to and from school.  The maps will be updated annually and distributed to the schools in the fall of each year.  Whether walking or bicycling to school always put safety first and refer to the pedestrian and bicycle safety tips which are also available to download.  When marking your route to school, be sure and use the assistance of the adult school crossing guard.

Crossing Guard Locations by school:

Cupertino School District:

Santa ClaraSchool District:

SunnyvaleSchool District:

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Drug and Alcohol Awareness 


Parents are the best deterrent to smoking, alcohol or drug use.  Start at an early age and TALK-TALK-TALK!  Let them know you care.

Has a child become moody, short tempered and hostile?  Does this child seem "spaced out", or is he or she suddenly failing courses and hanging out with kids you don't know or trust? ...Don't lose your child to drugs!  Here are some additional signs of drug or alcohol use:

  • Increased interest in alcohol or other drugs; talking about or even showing up with them.
  • Owning drug paraphernalia such as hypodermic needles, or rolling papers.
  • Having large amounts of cash or always being low on cash.
  • Drastic increase or decrease in weight.
  • Slurred or incoherent speech.
  • Withdrawal from others, frequent lying, depression or paranoia.

When children display these symptoms, it is not a guarantee that they are into drugs or alcohol.  You need to compare current with past behavior.  But, it's better to say something and be wrong than to say nothing and later wish you had.  Additional information and support is available at:

California Youth Crisis Hotline: (800) 843-5200
Alcoholics Anonymous: (408) 374-8511
Narcotics Anonymous:  (408) 998-4200
Thunder Road- Teen Drug Treatment: (408) 243-6984 
National Alcohol/Drug Helpline: (800) 662-4357

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Internet: Protecting Children and Teens 

Surveys have shown that the vast majority of teens and even younger children have unsupervised access to 'surf' the net.  Horror stories abound about the exploitation of these eager, innocent adventurers.

According to a recent survey reported in eSchool News, more than 80% of school-age children receive unsolicited, email on a daily basis! Add to this the exposure to suggestive or pornographic chat-rooms and blogs, and they are constantly bombarded with electronic sexually explicit material and solicitations. 

Close to 60% of teens have received an instant message or email from a stranger and 50% report emailing or instant messaging with someone they had not met.  Almost half did not tell their parents prior to face-to-face meetings and reported that the person they met did not look as expected! 

Children who were uncomfortable with chat-rooms, blogs and emails, often do not tell their parents.  The survey also found that nearly half of those surveyed disclose personally identifiable information, and do not check with their parents first.

Five suggestions to parents:

  1. Talk with your children regarding the dangers of chat-rooms, blogs and emails and in particular responding to strangers. 
  2. Explain the dangers of sharing personal information online.
  3. Know all the ways your children are getting online; it may be more than just home and school.
  4. Establish clear rules and review internet use together.
  5. Since 2001 the Sunnyvale Public Safety Department has teamed with YAHOO to provide internet security to private and public school children.  Presentations are available to schools, PTAs, parents and other intrested parties. 

For more information call (408) 730-7140.

Web sites focused on alerts and information about protecting children who use the internet:

http://www.isafe.org
http://www.fbi.gov
http://netsmartz.org/ 
http://www.safekids.com/

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Stranger Awareness

Teach your children that if they see anyone doing something that doesn't seem right to tell you, a teacher, or another trusted adult.  Some examples are: 

  • a stranger hanging around the park or school playground.
  • someone unknown offering rides to or from school.
  • a stranger offering gifts or treats.
  • a stranger asking a child to come with them to help in locating a "lost" dog or cat.
  • someone giving away or selling drugs 
  • a bigger kid bullying or threatening younger children.

If you become aware of someone that you think may threaten a child, notify authorities by calling 911.

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Gang Awareness 

Children's lives snuffed out, others headed for prison, gang violence has claimed many young lives. Gangs have spread from major urban areas in California to the suburbs, and even to our rural communities. Some signs of gang activity are gang apparel called "colors" and gang graffiti and boundry marking called "tagging".

Gang Colors:

Gang violence not only affects gang members, but may involve innocent children who unknowingly sport rival gang colors and clothing. Area gang uniforms are mostly about colors and numbers. The two most prevalent gangs in the area focus on:

  • Surenos (Southern Calif): blue, "13", "S"
  • Nortenos (Northern Calif): red, "14", "408"

Headgear:

  • Baseball caps, beanies, headbands and bandanas. The color is most important, then the first letter of the insignia ("S" or "N")
  • Shirts: Plaid, hooded sweatshirts, baggy T-shirts. The insignia or message is not as important as the color of the writing or emblem.
  • Belts: colored Army-surplus-style web-belts with "S" or "N" on the buckle.
  • Pants: the baggier the better, often with subtle gang-colored stitching.

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Teen Dating Violence  

Dating violence or abuse affects one in four teens. Abuse isn't just about hitting, it's yelling, threatening, name calling, obsessive phone calling, or paging, and extreme possessiveness.

Daters Bill of Rights:

  • I have the right to refuse a date without feeling guilty.
  • I can ask for a date without feeling rejected or inadequate if the answer is 'no.'
  • I do not have to act macho.
  • I can choose not to act seductively.
  • If I don't want physical closeness, I have the right to say so.
  • I have the right to start a relationship slowly, to say, "I want to know you better before I become involved."
  • I have the right to be myself without changing to suit others.
  • I have the right to change a relationship when my feelings change. I can say, "we used to be close, but I want something else now."
  • If I am told a relationship is changing, I have the right not to blame or change myself to keep it going,
  • I have the right to an equal relationship with my partner.
  • I have the right not to dominate or to be dominated.
  • I have the right to act one way with one person and a different way with someone else.
  • I have the right to change my goals whenever I want to.
 Dating Danger Signs - Are you dating someone who:
  • Is jealous and possessive, won't let you have friends, checks up on you or won't accept breaking up?
  • Tries to control you by being bossy, giving orders, making all the decisions, or not taking your opinion seriously?
  • Puts you down in front of friends or tells you that you would be nothing without him or her?
  • Scares you? Makes you worry about his or her reactions to things you say or do? Threatens you? Uses or owns weapons?
  • Is violent, has a history of fighting, loses his or her temper quickly, brags about mistreating others? Grabs, pushes, shoves or hits you?
  • Pressures you for sex? Gets too serious about the relationship too fast?
  • Abuses alcohol or other drugs and pressures you to use them?
  • Has a history of failed relationships and always blames the other person for all of the problems?
  • Believes that he or she should be in charge of the relationship.
  • Makes your family and friends uneasy and concerned for your safety?

If you answer yes to any of these questions, you could be a victim of dating abuse! Don't put up with it, you deserve better. Talk with your parents, a friend, a counselor, a religious leader or someone else you trust. The more isolated you are from friends and family, the more control the abuser has over you.

Important phone numbers:

Rape Crisis Hotline: (408) 287-3000

Child Protective Services: (408) 299-2071

Youth in Crisis Hotline: (888) 247-7717

Sunnyvale Police: (408) 730-7100

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Bicycle Safety  

When your children ride, remember that they are not alone.  They share the road with cars, trucks, pedestrians and other cyclists.  Since accidents can turn a bicycle ride into a bicycle tragedy, here are some tips to help make your child's ride a safe one:

  • Make sure your child's bike "fits", is adjusted properly. Check that all the parts are secure and working properly, and safety equipment is in place.
  • Make sure your children wear helmets.  Studies have shown that a bicycle helmet can reduce injuries by up to 85%!
  • Make sure your children wear proper clothing- light in color and close fitting to avoid being caught in a bicycles moving parts.
  • Be sure books, lunches and other loose items are carried in a backpack.  Insure that musical instruments and other large items are securely attached to a carrier rack.
  • Teach children to obey the rules of the road including traffic signs, signals and road markings.
  • Teach children to ride on the right side of the street in single file and to use hand signals to help drivers understand their intentions.
  • Teach children to walk their bike across busy streets at corners and crosswalks,
  • Teach your children to not "show off" on their bikes.  Hands should be kept on the handlebars.  Avoid "wheelies", "stoppies", and jumping curbs.

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