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Community Information for 8/20 Safety Training

Frequently Asked Questions (Parents & Community)

When and Where is the Professional Development Day? 
August 20, 2018 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m.

Palos Verdes Peninsula High School (the campus will be closed to the public during this time)


Who is the training for?

All PVPUSD staff ONLY.  Parents and community members are not included in this training event. Separate information meetings are scheduled (information below).


Are Parents and Community Members allowed to observe?

No.  This is meant to be a staff training and as realistic a training as possible for law enforcement to determine where the weaknesses are.  No other community members will be allowed on campus at this time.


What agencies will be involved?

The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, Palos Verdes Estates Police Department and the Los Angeles County Fire Department.


When will the campus re-open?

The Peninsula High School campus and school offices at other campuses will open after the training at 1:00 p.m.



Will parking at or near the school be impacted?
Some staff will park at PVPHS but the majority will park at other campuses and use a shuttle service or carpools to attend.


Will there be any activity parents/community members should be aware of?

Part of the day's training will involved an active shooter simulation drill.  This drill will include the firing of blank rounds from law enforcement weapons during the simulation.


What are the Key Learning Objectives for 8/20:

  • Increasing awareness and practicing judgment during an emergency situation.  The training protocol is Run-Hide-Fight (R-H-F) which is the approved approach from the FBI and the Department of Homeland Security.
  • Experiencing the sights, sounds and potential confusion of an Active Shooter event so that we’re all better prepared.
  • Practicing treating severe bleeding.  Loss of blood is the primary reason people don’t survive this type of event.  Staff will learn what is in a Stop the Bleed kit, where kits are located, and practice applying a tourniquet/QuikClot materials.
  • This is not highly specialized training.  Most people may have a general or basic understanding about the topics.  The key is to practice, and to have a discussion about what to do at if such an event were to occur.


Will there be information or meetings for parents?

Run-Hide-Fight information will also be shared with parents. Five informational meetings for parents are planned for the Fall. The goal is to share this information with parents prior to the formal implementation of Run-Hide-Fight strategies for students.  Please note that for younger students, a Run-Hide-Distract strategy is utilized.


Meeting dates and times are listed below. No RSVP or registration is required. Parents may attend any of the events.


  • 9/11/2018 at Palos Verdes High School (Gym) - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 9/13/2018 at Miraleste Intermediate School (Gym) - 12:30 p.m. to 2:00 p.m.
  • 9/19/2018 at Soleado Elementary School (Cafeteria) - 6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.
  • 9/20/2018 at Ridgecrest Intermediate School (Gym) - 10:00 a.m. to 11:30 a.m.
  • 9/20/2018 in the Boardroom at the Malaga Cove Administration Center -6:00 p.m. to 7:30 p.m.