Two Central Valley high schools add security

Two Central Valley high schools add security

Students at Central Valley High School and University High School may notice extra security officers roaming the halls until school lets out for summer. The Central Valley School District added extra patrols to the two schools this week.

Although no threats have been made against the schools recently, each high school will see two extra security officers from a third-party company in addition to patrols already on duty. University High principal Keven Frandsen said recent school threats and school shootings across the nation prompted the move.

Frandsen said it comes down to being proactive. He’s hoping the addition of two security officers will make students at UHS feel safe — whether there’s a threat or not.

“I think we have to have a different mindset about safety,” Frandsen said. “That’s the most important thing, is student safety. When they’re safe, they feel safe, they can learn. So that’s our goal.”

Frandsen believes more eyes on University High’s 1,850 students will bring them peace of mind and make them feel safe.

“We want to be proactive and we need to think about safety in a different way,” Frandsen said.

Frandsen hopes the added security will bring visibility and make students feel more comfortable speaking up about potential threats.

“Even if somebody thinks something is a little thing, or even nothing, to talk about it and bring it our way — because that could make the difference in a student’s life,” Frandsen said.

Frandsen said the school also increased security during the first week of school. He told KXLY4 the district may consider adding extra patrols for the entire 2018-2019 school year this summer.