Superintendent’s Message – March 2019

At Springs, we’re committed to keeping our students safe. We provide our staff with training on how to respond to a variety of emergencies, including health emergencies which can arise among our 8,812 students.

Jeanne Schaffner, our Safety & Risk Manager, recently recognized the efforts of five staff members who provided crucial aid to students with serious injuries or even near death. Dubbed “Springs Life Savers,” staff members honored include: Darlene Blackman, site facilitator at Flabob, who twice administered an EpiPen to save the life a student; Renee Albright, site facilitator at the Corona Student Center, who attended to a seven-year-old student with a severe head injury; Marsha Elison, B.J. Heath and Carly Turner of the KEYS program who applied the Heimlich maneuver to save a choking student.

Other Life Savers recently honored include: Melissa Diaz Hernandez, Trisha Speir, Jessica Rovang and Shayla Albini of the Hemet Quest Center who aided a parent with an EpiPen and Brandy Langston, who administered the Heimlich to a choking student; Cindy Alaniz of the Rancho Cucamonga Student Center who assisted a student having a seizure; Rachel Quinton and Veronica Reznichek of the Temecula Student Center who administered the Heimlich to a choking student, Rachel’s sister, Sarah Quinton, also administered the Heimlich to a choking student; and Cynthia Torres of the Santa Ana Student Center who aided a 7th grader with breathing difficulties.

Each of these staff members received an “I’m a Life Saver” brick, which they can add to the desktop safety monument given to them as part of our Safety Recognition Program. The monument and bricks complement our motto: “Building a Culture of Safety.”

It is my pleasure to congratulate each of these staff members. We’re grateful you’re on the job!

Additionally, to further ensure the safety of our students, 15 of our learning centers and academies have Raptor Visitor Management check-in systems which screen visitors to assess if they are safe to admit on campus. In the first six months of adopting this system, two registered sex offenders were permanently banned from Springs campuses.


Dr. Kathleen Hermsmeyer


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