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School Safety

School Safety & Emergency Preparedness

Our Mission
To promote and support safe school environments that protect and nurture the physical, academic, social, and emotional well-being of all students and staff.

Our communities, our families, our students, and our staff place their trust in schools to foster and maintain a safe environment every day and during times of natural or human- caused disasters. We will lead, support, and partner with staff, students, parents, emergency responders, and community organizations to ensure that all Alameda County schools are adequately equipped to prevent, prepare for, respond to, and recover from emergency and crisis situations. We will help schools be safe and secure for all students, staff, and guests - free of disruptive violence and other harmful acts - where students are situated in a learning environment that protects and nurtures their physical, academic, social, and emotional well-being and growth.

Department Focus

  • Countywide Coordination
  • ACOE Site Safety and Disaster Preparedness Plans & Equipment
  • ACOE & School District Staff Training and Technical Assistance
  • Covid Guidance & Testing Coordination

Clients Served

  • K-12 schools and local, state, & federal emergency services agencies
  • ACOE Site Staff
  • School District Safety Leads, Risk Managers, & Emergency Preparedness Leads

Programs, Projects & Initiatives

  • District Emergency Preparedness Network
  • ACOE & ACPHD Partnership
  • ACOE & School District Staff Training and Technical Assistance
  • Covid Testing Coordination and Implementation

Internal & External Partners

  • Alameda County Public Health
  • Alameda County Office of Emergency Services (OES)
  • Alameda County Voluntary Organizations Active in Disaster (VOAD)
  • CalOES & CDE Emergency Services
  • Various local, state, federal government agencies and NGOs

Student Programs Comprehensive School Safety Plans

California Education Code Section 32286 requires each school site to review and update its school safety plan, which must be developed and written by a School Site Council (SSC) or its designated Safety Planning Committee in collaboration with teachers, classified staff, parents, and first responders to ensure they are up-to-date and complete. The plans must have policies and procedures addressing critical issues including: disaster preparedness; crisis response; mental and physical health; earthquake emergencies; school learning environment; discipline, suspension, and/or expulsion; hate crime reporting; child abuse reporting; release of a pesticide or toxic substance; and more. Schools are required to review, update, and approve its plan by March 1, every year and seek the approval of their Educational boards annually. 

Contact Us

Nelson Alegria photoNelson Alegria
School Safety & Emergency Preparedness
(510) 670-4270

Dan Bellino photoDan Bellino
Deputy Chief,
Student Programs & Services 
(510) 670-4200

Shannon Doe photoShannon Doe
Administrative Assistant
(510) 670-4553