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    Dear Parkway Heights Middle School Community,


    Suspect Arrested for Attempted Kidnapping and Child Annoyance


    We wanted to keep our community informed about an incident that took place this morning.


    Today at 7:55 am, South San Francisco Police responded to the 700 block of Palm Avenue on the report of an 11 - year old girl that had been accosted by an unknown male adult.  The investigation revealed that the girl was walking to school with a classmate when the subject approached them. The subject physically grabbed the 11 - year old and placed his hand over her mouth before being confronted by a good samaritan that witnessed the incident. The student arrived onto campus and is safe.


    Police located the suspect and was placed under arrest for attempted kidnapping and child annoyance. Police detectives are actively investigating the motive behind this incident.  The student is safe.


    We ask that parents and guardians remind their students to be cautious of strangers, to be aware of their surroundings, and to report any suspicious activity or any interactions that make them uncomfortable. We also encourage the “buddy system” as much as possible.


    Anyone with information regarding the incident is encouraged to contact the South San Francisco Police Department at (650) 877-8900, the anonymous TIP line at (650) 952-2244 or via email at

    Posted 8/15/19

    12:53pm UPDATE – Ponderosa Secure Campus lifted


    12:09pm Threat in Community – Distant, Secure Campus Initiated (Not Lockdown)


    Ponderosa Elementary School has been placed on Secure Campus status this morning. This means that doors are locked, and entering and exiting campus is  temporarily restricted. However, students and staff are not under a full lockdown protocol as there is no perceived threat to our school community.


    This action was taken in response to a South San Francisco Police Department (SSFPD) police incident in the area of Ponderosa Road and Alida Way. SSFPD placed Ponderosa Elementary School under Secure Campus, as a precautionary safety measure. No students or staff are in any danger during this time.

    Posted 8/15/19






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    Martin ES Students Advocate for Ruby Bridges Day

    In Honor of Ruby Bridges

    At the request of students from Martin Elementary School, the San Mateo County Board of Education and Superintendent of Schools adopted a resolution creating Ruby Bridges Walk to School Day in San Mateo County, to be honored annually on November 14.

    Ruby Bridges became a symbol of the civil rights movement at age six, when she was the youngest of a group of African American students designated to integrate schools in the American South. On November 14, 1960, her first day of school at William Frantz Elementary School in New Orleans, Ruby was escorted to school by four federal marshals and spent the entire day in the principal’s office as irate parents marched into the school to remove their children.

    You can learn more about Ruby Bridges and the Walk to School Day initiative sponsored by San Mateo County Office of Education’s Safe Routes to School program via the following link:


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