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Follow-Up Message Regarding 9/8 Social Media Threat

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students of Da Vinci Communications, Design, Science and Connect High Schools:

Earlier this week we became aware of a threat based on postings on social media that warned of a possible shooting at our campus on Wednesday, September 8th. We immediately contacted our School Resource Officers from the El Segundo Police Department (ESPD) who initiated an immediate investigation into the matter, in collaboration with Da Vinci Schools. Thanks in large part to the volume of information received from parents, students, staff, and community members, both DV and ESPD were able to successfully investigate and identify the students involved in the incident. We followed up with communication early Wednesday morning to inform all DVC, DVD, DVS and Connect High families that our schools would be open on Wednesday after having verified that the threat was deemed not to be credible.

Here are a few updates that we would like to share with you based on follow-up questions that we have received from families after the last notification went out:

– School has continued this week safely and without any further interruptions

– ESPD and DV continue to investigate the incident in order to ensure that all the issues that came to our attention this week are fully addressed

– ESPD has continued to provide their assistance as a resource to our schools

– Students at DVC, DVD, and DVS who were present on Wednesday participated in an activity that morning provided by DVC Principal Erin D’Souza that gave the students an opportunity to discuss the incident and address it in a focused and healthy manner. Connect HS students will also have this resource available to them. > School Safety Update

– All Counselors and mental health staff have been made available to students and staff to assist in any way possible to help with any anxiety, stress, and trauma generated by this incident

– Our Critical Incident Drill which was being planned for late September/early October will be moved up to be conducted as soon as possible in collaboration with ESPD and the El Segundo Fire Department

– We will continue to review and improve our critical incident communication and procedures. Thank you to the many people who have submitted suggestions and recommendations.

Lastly, many questions were posed regarding specific information about the students involved. This type of information is referred to as Personally Identifiable Information (PII) as defined in Title 34 Code of Federal Regulations (CFR) 99.3. and also relates to the type of information that is categorized as a student record. Both at the state level (California Education Code 49061(b), 49076, and Title 5 California Code of Regulations 430 (b)), and the federal level through the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), 34 CFR 99.31, student records are protected as confidential records and can only be accessed as provided in law.

Thank you for your support. We will continue to provide updates as needed. Our goal remains to provide the highest level of safety possible for our students and staff.

Be well and be safe,

Vicente Bravo

Chief Administrative Officer
Da Vinci Schools
201 N. Douglas Street
Office – #1308-Musician
El Segundo, CA 90245

(424) 290-3244 direct
(310) 725-5800, Ext. 1308 main
vbravo@davincischools.org

Important Message Regarding Social Media Threat; Schools at 201 Campus Will Be in Session Today (Sept. 8, 2021)

Dear Parents/Guardians and Students of Da Vinci Communications, Design, Science and Connect High Schools:

Last night some of you may have received texts, emails and/or calls from students, parents and community members about a threat to our schools posted on a social media platform that was then further disseminated on other social media sites.

After having received the initial notification about the threat, the El Segundo Police Department (ESPD) was contacted and they immediately launched an investigation in collaboration with Da Vinci Schools regarding this matter. They were provided with all necessary information including information that we received last night from students, parents, and DV staff members. Thanks to everyone’s assistance and cooperation, the individual(s) involved were identified and the matter has been dealt with safely.

Having verified that the threat was deemed not to be credible, has been neutralized, and that those involved have been dealt with, the affected schools, DV Communications, Design, Science and Connect high schools will be open and in session today, Wednesday, September 8, 2021.

All of our safety measures will be in place as always and we will make sure to do everything possible to continue to provide a safe learning environment for our students and staff. In an abundance of caution, ESPD will have officers present on site throughout the day.

If you have any questions or further concerns, please don’t hesitate to reach out to me.

Be well and be safe,

Vicente Bravo
Chief Administrative Officer
Da Vinci Schools
201 N. Douglas Street
Office – #1308-Musician
El Segundo, CA 90245
(424) 290-3244 direct
(310) 725-5800, Ext. 1308 main
vbravo@davincischools.org

Off-Season Sports Training Survey & Athletics Blog

WDV Athletics is excited to continue our partnership with UCLA Health Sports Performance which has been providing off-season sports training for our student-athletes. To help the design and set-up of the classes, we are asking students to complete the survey below. If you have any questions, please contact WDV Athletics Director D.R. Moreland at dmoreland@davincischools.org.

EXOS Off-Season Training Survey

Athletics Blog

We are excited to formally launch our new Athletics website and blog at athletics.davincischools.org.

Please sign up for the Athletics blog to receive the latest WDV sports information. Visit: https://athletics.davincischools.org/blog/

Follow WDV Athletics on Twitter at @WDVAthletics and on Instagram wdvathletics.

GO WOLVES!!

Blood Drive – July 8th at Da Vinci Schools, Blood Donations Urgently Needed

blood drive: July 8th

Did you know the Red Cross is experiencing a severe blood shortage? According to the Red Cross, more people are beginning to undergo elective surgeries, organ transplants, and emergency surgeries, all which require donated blood.

Please consider making an appointment to donate blood on July 8th to sustain the needs of our region.

What: UCLA Blood Drive @ Da Vinci Schools
When: Thursday, July 8th from 9 am to 2 pm
Where: 201 N. Douglas Street, El Segundo, CA 90245 – Black Box Theater

To ensure appropriate social distancing, we encourage donors to make an appointment in the following ways:

– Go on-line at www.ucedonor.com click on Blood Drives and enter DV in the Account Code box

– Scan the QR code above

– Call us at (310) 825-0888 x2

– or email UCLA at nlai@mednet.ucla.edu

Don’t forget your ID & we’ll see you there!

Let’s Get Social

let's get social

We are so excited to officially launch Da Vinci Instagram and Facebook pages to complement our existing Twitter feed so we can get even more connected with our community, a.k.a. YOU!!

Follow us today on any of our official Da Vinci Schools social media accounts to stay connected, engaged and informed.

Instagram
Follow us: @davincischools_org

Facebook
Like our Page: @dvschools

Twitter 
Follow us: @dvschools

Athletics
We also just launched a new Wiseburn-Da Vinci Athletics blog to communicate directly with our student-athletes, families, and community members! Here you will find everything you need from updates on tryouts, game days, highlights and so much more! Sign up for the latest athletics updates here. Go Wolves!!

Visit our Athletics blog at athletics.davincischools.org.

We are excited to engage with you!

D.R. Moreland Named as New Wiseburn Da Vinci Athletics Director

welcome moreland

We are excited to announce that Donald “D.R.” Moreland has been named Athletics Director of the Wiseburn Da Vinci Athletics Program. D.R. assumed his duties last week.

D.R. has more than 20 years of experience as an administrator, athletics director, and passionate educator specializing in youth development, managing relationships across diverse populations highlighting community involvement, and a commitment to academic and athletic achievement. READ MORE >>>

 

 

You’re Invited: Virtual Town Hall Meeting for Families on March 2nd

We invite Da Vinci parents/guardians and community members to attend a Virtual Town Hall meeting on March 2nd at 6:30PM to solicit your feedback on the steps being taken for a phased-in return to campus between April 12th-June 9th. Join us!

Virtual Town Hall for Families
March 2, 2021 | 6:30PM

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/95743052884

Meeting ID: 957 4305 2884
1 (669) 900 6833

Speaking at the Virtual Town Hall on March 2nd will be Dr. Matthew Wunder, CEO/Superintendent; Dr. Jennifer Hawn, Chief Operating Officer; Dr. Emily Green, School Nurse; and Vicente Bravo, Chief Administrative Officer.

We will provide an update on our COVID-19 safety plan, discuss timelines, solicit feedback from families, and answer as many questions as we can. The Town Hall will be recorded and posted on our website. Because a Town Hall via Zoom may make it challenging to respond to everyone’s questions, we will also provide a Padlet to capture your thoughts, and request that you complete a survey that will be sent out on March 3.

(Please note: The Town Hall can only accommodate 1,000 participants. If for some reason you are not able to get onto the call, you will have access to the recording, Padlet and survey to provide feedback. Thanks for your understanding.)

Athletics Update & Info Meeting – February 25th at 5:30PM – Join Us!

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We are excited to share that the Wiseburn Da Vinci Wolves have received approval by the CIF Southern Section Executive Committee to move from Small Schools Area 9 to Coast Area 2, paving the way for re-leaguing which will begin in the next few months!! A new league will benefit our student-athletes by providing a more competitive experience, more consistent game schedules, additional team levels, shorter travel times, and more.

Join us for a virtual Athletics Update & Information Meeting on Thursday, February 25 at 5:30PM. Zoom info is below. We will share info including:

+ Area Placement Change, Impact of Re-leaguing
+ What Spring 2021 (Season 2) will look like
+ Current CIF and L.A. County Department of Public Health Guidelines for Practices, Conditioning and Competition
+ Q&A

Athletics Update & Info Meeting
February 25, 2021 | 5:30PM

Zoom Link: https://zoom.us/j/96739097320

All students, families and community members are welcome. We look forward to seeing you!

This update will be recorded for future access. 

Seven Steps to Earthquake Safety

7 steps

Dear Da Vinci Families,

We hope some of you had the opportunity to participate in the Great ShakeOut drill earlier this week! We have additional resources to share with you to prepare your home in the event of an earthquake.  Be sure to follow these 7 steps to be even more prepared when the next earthquake strikes!

Visit EarthquakeCountry.org/sevensteps to learn more about what you can do to be prepared.

  • Step 1: Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing moveable items.

  • Step 2: Plan to be safe by creating a disaster plan and deciding how you will communicate in an emergency.

  • Step 3: Organize disaster supplies in convenient locations.

  • Step 4: Minimize financial hardship by organizing important documents, strengthening your property, and considering insurance.

  • Step 5: Drop, Cover and Hold On when the earth shakes.

  • Step 6: Improve safety after earthquakes by evacuating in necessary, helping the injured, and preventing further injuries or damage.

  • Step 7: Reconnect and Restore daily life by reconnecting with others, repairing damage, and rebuilding community.


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Estimadas familias de Da Vinci,

Esperamos que algunos de ustedes hayan tenido la oportunidad de participar en el simulacro Great ShakeOut a principios de esta semana. Tenemos recursos adicionales para compartir con usted para preparar su hogar en caso de un terremoto. ¡Asegúrese de seguir estos 7 pasos para estar aún más preparado cuando ocurra el próximo terremoto!

Visite EarthquakeCountry.org/sevensteps para obtener más información sobre lo que puede hacer para estar preparado.

  • Paso 1: Asegure su espacio identificando peligros y asegurando elementos móviles.

  • Paso 2: Planee estar seguro creando un plan de desastre y decidiendo cómo se comunicará en caso de emergencia.

  • Paso 3: Organice los suministros para desastres en lugares convenientes.

  • Paso 4: Minimice las dificultades financieras organizando documentos importantes, fortaleciendo su propiedad y considerando un seguro.

  • Paso 5: Agáchese, cúbrase y agárrese cuando la tierra tiemble.

  • Paso 6: Mejore la seguridad después de los terremotos evacuando si es necesario, ayudando a los heridos y previniendo más lesiones o daños.

  •  Paso 7: Reconecte y restaure la vida diaria reconectándose con otros, reparando daños y reconstruyendo la comunidad.

Save the Date! October 20: The Great ShakeOut!!

shake out
Dear Da Vinci Families,
Join your fellow Da Vincians in the world’s largest earthquake drill! Da Vinci Schools will conduct our own ShakeOut drill on Tuesday, October 20 @ 10:20 am.
Promptly at 10:20 am, students are to STOP, drop, cover and hold. Our focus this year is on earthquake preparedness at home.
Visit www.shakeout.org to learn more about what you can do to be prepared.
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