March 5, 2018
Dear OUSD Parents and Community Partners –
The impact of the recent school shooting in Parkland, Florida has reverberated on school campuses throughout the nation, prompting concerns about school safety.
Many of our students have expressed an intention to participate in a publicized nationwide school walkout for 17 minutes - starting at 10:00 a.m. on March 14 - in response to gun violence and in remembrance of the 17 Florida victims. The nationwide walkout is student-driven and voluntary. The event is not sponsored by Orange Unified School District nor any of its schools. However, principals, District staff and student leaders are meeting to ensure a peaceful event should students decide to participate.
Orange Unified respects the First Amendment rights of our students to support a cause and express their opinions provided they adhere to District and school guidelines:
- All activities must remain peaceful
- Students may not leave campus
- Students must stay in designated areas and not disrupt the educational environment for other students and staff
- After 17 minutes, students must return to class when instructed by school staff
To further student safety, individuals who are not on official school business will not be allowed on campus to participate in the walkout. As is our current protocol, all visitors or school volunteers must check in with the school’s front office. Our number one priority at Orange Unified is the safety and well-being of all our students.
OUSD has received legal guidance from the Orange County Department of Education that school districts may provide appropriate time-and-place alternatives to ensure minimal disruption of the instructional process. Principals from schools that are aware of planned student walkouts will be contacting their parent communities in the coming week to provide information about their campus. We understand how important and impactful this issue is to children and families, and we encourage honest and frank conversations with your children.
OUSD will be holding an Active Shooter Response Training for Parents on Tuesday, March 6, from 6:00 p.m. – 7:30 p.m. in the gym at Canyon High School, 220 S. Imperial Highway, Anaheim. Please note, this event features mature content and is not suitable for children. We encourage parents to attend tomorrow’s presentation where law enforcement representatives will be available to discuss student safety
Thank you for your continued support of our schools and community.
Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D.
Superintendent of Schools
February 15, 2018
Dear OUSD Community:
We are all deeply saddened by yesterday's school shooting tragedy at the Broward County High School. As a collective school community, we mourn for the lives lost and those affected by this tragic event.
Today, you may notice police vehicles on or in the vicinity of your campus. This is not necessary indicative of a problem, but law enforcement agencies serving our schools often plan increased presence on the day after such a devastating incident to show solidarity and commitment to school safety. The Orange Unified School District tremendously values the partnership with our local law enforcement, fire/rescue and first responders.
Rest assured that the District takes school safety seriously and there are strong emergency plans in place at all schools and support sites where our protocols are consistently practiced and refined. Below are some resources you may wish to use and share if questions come up regarding a national crises and the social emotional impact on students.
We value the hard work of school staff to provide a safe and secure learning environment. Please do not hesitate to contact District staff for any support!
Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D.
15 de febrero del 2018
Estimada comunidad del OUSD:
Estamos profundamente entristecidos por el trágico tiroteo escolar ocurrido ayer en la escuela Broward County. Como parte de una comunidad escolar unida, lamentamos la perdida de tantas vidas y nos unimos al sufrimiento de todos los afectados por esta tragedia.
Hoy ustedes notarán algunas patrullas de policía cerca de su escuela. Esto no significa que hay un problema, sino que las agencias protectoras incrementan su presencia en los planteles escolar el día después de una tragedia, para demostrar su solidaridad y compromiso de mantener las escuelas seguras. El Distrito Escolar Unificado de Orange valora enormemente la asociación con las agencias protectoras locales, los bomberos y los rescatistas.
Le aseguramos que el Distrito toma muy en serio la seguridad y tiene un plan de emergencia establecido en todas las escuelas y sitios educativos, el cual practicamos y mejoramos constantemente. Abajo encontrará algunos recursos que puede usar y compartir si tiene preguntas referentes a crisis nacionales y el impacto social y emocional en los estudiantes.
Nosotros valoramos el gran esfuerzo que el personal escolar hace para mantener un ambiente de aprendizaje seguro y protegido. Por favor comuníquese con el personal del Distracto si necesita apoyo.
Gunn Marie Hansen, PH.D.
Orange USD Trustees Appoint Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D., Superintendent of Schools
Orange, CA – December 8, 2017 -Orange, CA – The Orange Unified School District Board of Trustees is pleased to announce the appointment of Gunn Marie Hansen, Ph.D. as the new Superintendent of Schools. Dr. Hansen has a rich history with Orange having served as both Deputy and Assistant Superintendent, as well as being the current Interim Superintendent for Orange USD.
Input for the new Superintendent included sessions with all stakeholder groups - administrators, staff, community groups, parents and key city and business partners. Forums were held with the constituents and an online survey was available on the District website. Utilizing the feedback from the community, Leadership Associates, a premier executive search firm, advertised and conducted an extensive nationwide search for the position.
The Board of Education worked with Leadership Associates Consultants Dr. Kent Bechler, Dr. Dennis Smith and Dr. Mark Ecker, to conduct the Superintendent Search and develop the candidate profile. The recruitment resulted in 36 candidate requests. This week the Board of Trustees reviewed the 23 completed applications
The Board of Education realized that they did not need to look far to find their new Superintendent, and appointed Dr. Hansen at their regular meeting on December 7. Based on the stakeholder feedback and leadership profile, it was decided she was the best fit for Orange Unified School District. Dr. Hansen was selected from an incredibly talented group of candidates.
Newly Elected Board President, Dr. Alexia Deligianni-Brydges stated, ”Dr. Hansen’s leadership and commitment is tried and true. Over the past several months as the Interim Superintendent she has led the district through the opening of schools, developed a collaborative team, supported the implementation of the Facilities Bond, managed the crisis of the Canyon 2 Fire with school closures and evacuations and consistently kept the focus on student learning.
Her past leadership as the Deputy Superintendent has resulted in the attainment of 24 California Gold Ribbon School Awards, expansion of 13 Career Technical Education pathways, innovative STEAM programs and collaborative relationships with teachers and staff resulting in numerous awards for Orange USD Schools. I look forward to working with her to promote our schools with top quality education preparing students for university, technical trades and well paid careers in the 21st Century.”
Former Board President, Rick Ledesma said, “With a proven track record of success, Dr. Hansen is an incredible asset to the District as we head into the future. She has been recognized for her excellent communication skills, ethical leadership and ability to think outside the box. As an innovator, she established the first Mandarin Immersion School in Orange County resulting in increased enrollment.
Recently, her leadership team delivered a positive audit report to continue the stellar OUSD fiscal reputation. Dr. Hansen is a highly regarded visionary who will take OUSD to the next level. She is dedicated to the Orange community, committed long-term, and the Board of Education has great confidence in her abilities”
Dr. Hansen said, “It is a distinct honor to be selected by the OUSD Trustees as the new Superintendent. I am excited to get to work with our team to accelerate student achievement, develop innovative opportunities for learning, and guide the implementation of the Facilities Bond. I look forward to collaborating with our teachers, staff, students and parents to elevate the district to the next level of success”
Dr. Hansen earned her Masters and Doctorate Degree from the University of Southern California and two bachelors degrees from Tulane University. She has been an elementary and high school teacher, mentor teacher, assistant principal, principal, curriculum director, university professor and associate, deputy and interim Superintendent.
Orange Unified School District Mission Statement
The Orange Unified School District, being committed to planning for continual improvement, will offer a learning environment of excellence, with high expectations, to provide each student with the opportunity to be able to compete in the global economy.
Top Ten Core ValuesTHIS WE BELIEVE ABOVE ALL ELSE …
- That all students will learn.
- That all available resources will be utilized to ensure student success.
- That everyone needs to model servant leadership.
- That creating a shared vision will empower others.
- That communicating our shared vision requires honesty and consistency.
- That all people should be treated with respect and dignity.
- That we demonstrate trustworthiness by all we say and do.
- That we need to listen empathically and respectfully to understand the message beyond the words.
- That everyone is our customer and, therefore, we will always follow-up and follow-through.
- That what’s best for our students comes first and foremost.