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SRVUSD continues search for certified lifeguards to staff pools

Original post made on Sep 6, 2018

San Ramon Valley Unified School District staff hope that a recent partnership with the City of San Ramon will help solve issues the district has been having with staffing its four swimming pools with certified lifeguards, staff announced at the district's Tuesday meeting.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, September 5, 2018, 5:01 PM

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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Sep 6, 2018 at 6:16 am

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The district appears to be in its usual state of disorganization. A friend of mine took her daughter to the district office to apply for a lifeguard position. She was told there were no more positions available. Her daughter in on the SRVHS swim team and willing to undergo any additional training required for the job. Come on SRV School District , get your act together. If you were in the private sector, you would all find yourselves without jobs!

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Posted by Parent
a resident of Danville
on Sep 7, 2018 at 12:37 pm

Sad that water polo coaches make statement about the fact that they are safe in the pool. As a google search proves that this is not the case with deaths of water polo players during practice and events. So please coach do not believe water polo players are immune to drowning. Players are not detected as they lie on the bottom until it is to late. One player was not detected until the next day. "ON Wednesday morning, January 16th, the body of Jennifer Macarandan, a 17-year-old Salinas (CA) High School Junior and member of USA Water Polo, was discovered drowned, under the thermal blanket of the Hartnell College pool, as swimmers prepared for 5:30 a.m. practice. She apparently had been one of more than two dozen students who took part in a water polo practice there Tuesday night. " This student died because of the coaches believing that they can coach and lifeguard at the same time. SRVUSD believed a PE teacher can teach and lifeguard at the same time resulting in the death of a young man. Coaches of water polo players have had to live with the fact that they failed as lifeguards.

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Posted by Lincoln
a resident of Danville
on Sep 11, 2018 at 12:55 pm

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The article above quotes two SRVUSD board members as saying that they were shocked to learn that lifeguards were required at some district schools and not others.

How can that be?

There was an earlier, very recent drowning (Fall 2017) at California High in which the student was rescued and revived (no breathing, no pulse) BECAUSE there was a lifeguard on duty, in addition to the teacher. If that incident did not cause the SRVUSD board to examine the safety requirements at district pools (including whether there were life guards), then that seems to me like gross incompetence by them.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Danville
on Sep 13, 2018 at 7:46 am

The district has had pools since the late 50s. One drowning, unfortunate and unsolved as to how, and everyone panics. I don't suppose lawyers were involved in the decision. :)

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Danville
on Sep 13, 2018 at 11:18 am

With PE classes at 60 students and a varsity football coach mentality it was a recipe for disaster. This was 2nd drowning for SRVUSD during same school year. The other happened at Cal high Oct 2017. They were able to get her breathing with CPR. But of course they had a lifeguard. So district had notice of a problem with the PE teacher informing the district that the class size was to large. SRVUSD wanted to wait for a death before taking action.

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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Sep 13, 2018 at 1:21 pm

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I agree with Mark’s comment. However, Dan, your comment was incredibly callous. One death of a student is one too many no matter how long SRVHS has had pools.

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Posted by Dan
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2018 at 7:27 am

Give me a break Mrs Z. I did say it was "unfortunate"

The problem, as reported, is that there aren't enough life guards to man the pools every time they are used. Using your logic I guess we should close a pool every time a life guard doesn't show up for a shift.

Let's ban cars next as they kill a lot more people.

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Posted by mrszalewski2
a resident of Danville
on Sep 14, 2018 at 7:43 am

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Dan... thank you for your response. It would be the prudent thing to do to close the school pools if a lifeguard doesn’t show up for a shift. And we have to ask ourselves: where are our sports or the well-being of our children? It would seem like a no- brainer to me.

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Posted by Mark
a resident of Danville
on Oct 7, 2018 at 10:07 pm

More info on drowning Web Link
Aaron Becker walked away from a drowning student! This falls under a new law "New California Law Lets Schools Fire Teachers For 'Egregious Misconduct" . Egregious. In a legal context, the term egregious refers to actions or behaviors that are staggeringly bad, or obviously wrong, beyond any reasonable degree.

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