What is a Charter School/BSFCS Emergency Preparedness

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What is a Charter School?

Bellevue-Santa Fe received the 93rd charter approved by the State Board of Education and began operation as a charter school in September 1996 with the support of San Luis Coastal Unified School District.

Charter schools are often referred to as “schools of choice” because of their optional enrollment and unique pedagogical views. Student enrollment is by family selection in accordance to a charter’s admission policy.   Choice is provided to families by offering attendance to a public charter school or their neighborhood public school. Charter schools enjoy greater flexibility in curriculum adoption and policy creation than traditional public schools within a large district. Charter schools operate in accordance to the established framework of California charter school law.  Some charters, such as BSFCS, are overseen by their own Governing Board. In essence, a charter school may function as a small school district. This operational structure allows for unique implementation of the adopted states standards and calendaring for state testing in adherence to California State Education Code.

BSFCS Governing Board Adopted Local Control Action Plan (LCAP)

SLO Special Education Local Plan Area (SELPA) Local Plan Document

Emergency Preparedness:

Bellevue-Santa Fe Charter School is continuously planning and preparing for emergencies that could interrupt the school day for students. We want to make sure that you are informed of our School Safety Plan.

Emergency Contacts:

IMPORTANT: At the beginning of every school year you receive a lot of forms to fill out. It is VITAL that we have accurate contact information for you, so you can be contacted in case of an emergency.


You will be contacted via text (if you signed up to receive text messages), email, and phone tree. School staff will stay with your child until you, or an adult you previously authorized, can pick up your child. When you arrive at the school or designated pick up location, staff will help you properly sign your child out.


Students may be moved to another location to provide better and more direct care. This decision will be made by the district administration and emergency personnel based current conditions, including the building safety and the duration of time that students may need to remain in the care of school staff. If relocation is necessary, the school will alert parents/guardians via text (if you signed up to receive text messages via TextReach), email, and phone tree.

School Safety Plan

School sites plan how to respond and recover from an emergency, disaster, or event resulting in the disruption of normal school operations.

The school and our emergency responders work together to conduct district-wide trainings and update our school’s safety plan.  Our School Safety Plan may be viewed in the school’s main office.

If your child has special needs that require additional assistance in an emergency, you can work with school staff to develop an individualized emergency plan.

Links for Additional Resources

School Safety

Helping Youth after Community Trauma: Tips for Educators

Talking to Children About Violence

Safe Schools Planning by the California Department of Education

National PTA School Safety resources

Addressing Grief: Tips for Teachers and Administrators

Talking to Children About Violence  English | Spanish 

Emergency Agencies

San Luis Obispo Red Cross

Grover Beach Police

Arroyo Grande Police

Pismo Police

San Luis Obispo County Sheriff’s Department

National Emergency Preparedness

Federal Emergency Management Agency

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