SCHOOL SAFETY MEASURES
Tips for Parents & Guardians
Apple Valley Unified School District is dedicated to the
safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors. To actively maintain
the safest schools possible, Apple Valley USD has formed partnerships with
local law enforcement and public safety agencies to take necessary steps to
ensure security. Schools and buildings of the Apple Valley Unified School
District are some of the safest in the community.
- Each school has a Safe School Plan and the staff
at your child’s school are familiar with that plan.
- Each school participates in Annual Preparedness
Drills, including earthquake drills, fire drills, lockdown drills, and violent
- Key staff have completed Community Emergency
Response Training (CERT).
- All schools have implemented the Raptor visitor
check-in system, which screens campus visitors by scanning their identification
card when they check-in at the office or campus entry point.
WHAT IS AN "EMERGENCY"?
Below is a list of potential scenarios that would be defined
as an “emergency”.
- Criminal Activity
- Violent Intruder
- Bomb Threats
- Hazardous Waste/Material Spills
- Extreme Weather
If an emergency situation occurs in or near a school that
threatens school safety, the school may initiate one of the following
- Evacuation and/or Relocation (Fire, earthquake, etc)
- Safe & Secure (Inclement weather, poor air quality,
medical traffic, etc.)
- Precautionary Lockdown (Police activity or hazard in
- High Alert Lockdown (Threat to immediate campus)
RECEIVING INFORMATION DURING AN EMERGENCY
AVUSD is committed to communicating with our families. We
understand that rumors can unnecessarily heighten panic and we will only share
confirmed and factual information.
We ask that you rely on our updates, rather than speculation. AVUSD may
share updated information on the following channels:
Automated calls will be sent to families when it is safe
and/or possible to do so. Please verify that your contact information is up to
date so that any automated messages may be received.
During an emergency, important information and updates will
be posted to www.avusd.org.
FACEBOOK & TWITTER
Important information will be shared on the District’s
social media feeds. Follow us at Twitter.com/avusd and Facebook.com/avusd.
DISTRICT MOBILE APP
Download the official District mobile app for easy access to
all information mentioned above. The app is available on both iPhone and
Android devices. Search for “Apple Valley USD” in the respective store.
Information may be available by radio, depending on the scale
and nature of the emergency. Channels that may share information include: 100.7 FM -KAT Country, 103.1 FM-KFROG, 98.9 FM- KHWY, KWRN- Radio Mexico, 102.3 FM-Y102, 106.5 FM-KIXA, 99.1FM-KGGI, 910/960 AM
WHAT CAN FAMILIES EXPECT?
AVUSD is committed to providing clear communications and
will provide parents with an update once the information has been received and
once it is safe to do so. In the event of any emergency, the first priority of
the district is to ensure student safety. We understand that these situations
are serious and can raise fears for both students and parents alike. We ask
that our families adhere to the following guidelines, in order to best ensure
the safety of all involved:
- Remain calm.
- Carefully follow the instructions of school personnel,
emergency responders, and/or law enforcement.
- Be aware of what is going on around you.
- Have a photo ID ready to present to staff when signing for
- Monitor avusd.org, the Apple Valley Unified School District
mobile app, and the AVUSD Facebook page for updates.
- Avoid calling the school. If you must contact the school,
please understand that phone lines may be busy, as staff attempt to communicate
with law enforcement, first responders, and incoming callers.
- To ensure the safety of all on campus, no one will be
allowed to enter the school if a lockdown has been issued. Student safety is our top priority.
Parents picking up their students could potentially block emergency traffic
from quickly entering the campus. Do not pick up your student until the
lockdown has been lifted.
- Verify that your contact information is up-to-date so that
any automated messages may be received.
- Landline phones, cell phones, and traffic signals may not
work, depending on the nature of the emergency.
- Your child will be cared for. Our District is equipped to
provide for the students in our charge for up to 72 hours in the event of an
emergency. This includes providing necessary food and shelter until we can
reunite your student with you or your designated contact.
- Students may be cared for and sheltered in place at their
primary school or may be transported to another site. In the event that
students are relocated, the new location will be posted at the primary school.
- Communication will come as soon as possible. In such an
incident, details are often vague and fluid. It can take some time for the
facts to be confirmed, since working with multiple agencies can take time.