The Huntington Beach Union High School District and its Governing Board continue to be committed to promoting school safety and maintaining a positive school environment that is conducive to learning. In support of this commitment and in partnership with the local police and county sheriff agencies, we will soon implement a Canine Program to discourage students from bringing drugs and/or weapons on the school campuses. This is a district-wide prevention/intervention strategy and all seven schools will participate. Parents, students and staff at each of our schools have already learned of the Canine Program through communications from the principal.
Several years ago, the district in conjunction with the local police agencies implemented a similar canine program and it proved to be a successful deterrent. That program was eliminated when the grant that was funding the project was canceled. We are pleased that the program is returning and will be funded through the law enforcement agencies.
The canines (dogs) are specifically trained to sniff for drugs and weapons. The school principal will be notified in advance of the dates of the canine visits and a school administrator and public safety officer will accompany the police/sheriff and the canines during the time they are on campus. The canines will sniff student lockers, physical education lockers, art and band lockers, student cars, restrooms and other areas of potential problems. Students will not be removed from class, nor will the dogs search students themselves or their backpacks.
If the canine sniff result is positive, the school administrator will search the locker or car with the police officer as an observer. Depending on what is found in the search, the student may be subject to arrest, detention, suspension or other appropriate disciplinary action.
We ask for the support and cooperation of our community as we implement the Canine Program. The combined efforts of our staff, students, parents, and community are essential in creating a positive learning environment on our campuses. – less–ZoomInfo