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21st Century Tip

An additional tip for the 21st century student is to avoid using personal electronic devices that might interfere with your awareness of your surroundings. For example, music players and cell phones can be distractions that place you at a higher risk for an attempted abduction.

Student Safety

Practical Tips

Carlsbad Unified School District (CUSD) places a high priority on student safety, both in our schools and on the way to school. Each day you place your children’s safety in the hands of CUSD employees, and you also place your trust in the community in which you live. The tips noted below (from the National Center for Missing and Exploited Children) will help families lessen the opportunity for abduction and better safeguard their children.

  • Teach your children to run away from danger, never toward it. Danger is anyone or anything invading their personal space. If anyone should try to grab them, tell them to make a scene; loudly yell this person is not my father/mother/guardian; and make every effort to get away by kicking, screaming, and resisting. Their safety is more important than being polite. Teach your children if they are ever followed in a vehicle to turn around and run in the other direction to you or another trusted adult.
  • Never let your children go places alone, and always supervise your young children or make sure there is a trusted adult present to supervise them if you cannot. Make sure your older children always take a friend when they go anywhere.
  • Know where your children are and whom they are with at all times. Remind children never to take anything or respond in any way if approached by anyone they don’t know. Teach them to run away as quickly as possible to you or another trusted adult.

How can you help at home?


  • Talk openly to your children about safety and encourage them to tell you or a trusted adult if anyone or anything makes them feel scared, uncomfortable, or confused. Discuss security issues with your children so they will understand the need for precautions. Advise your older children about steps they may take to help safeguard themselves. Know your children’s friends and their families. Pay attention to your children and listen to them. If you don’t, there’s always someone else who will. And others may have ulterior motives for befriending your children.
  • Practice what you teach by creating “what if” scenarios with your children to make sure they understand the safety message and are able to use it in a real situation.
  • Have a list of family members who could be contacted in case of an emergency. Designate a family member or close associate who would be able to fill the role of advisor in case of an emergency.
  • Be alert to and aware of your surroundings. Know the “escape routes” and plan what you would do in different emergencies. Practice “what if” scenarios, so you will be well prepared. Know the location of local hospitals and best routes to take to reach them. Know how to reach the nearest local law enforcement agency or sub-station.
  • Report any suspicious persons or activities to law enforcement. If you feel anyone in your family has been targeted or is being stalked, immediately report this information to law-enforcement authorities. Do not wait.
  • Remember you are your best resource for better safeguarding your family. Do not become complacent about personal security issues.

Person of Contact for safety concerns:


Michael Ecker
Calavera Elementary and Middle Schools