Safety

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 intruder drills.
  • 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”.

  • Earthquake
  • Fire
  • Criminal Activity
  • Violent Intruder
  • Bomb Threats
  • Hazardous Waste/Material Spills
  • Extreme Weather
  • Flooding

EMERGENCY PROCEDURES

If an emergency situation occurs in or near a school that threatens school safety, the school may initiate one of the following precautionary measures: 

  • Evacuation and/or Relocation (Fire, earthquake, etc)       
  • Safe & Secure (Inclement weather, poor air quality, medical traffic, etc.)
  • Precautionary Lockdown (Police activity or hazard in neighborhood)
  • 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: 

AUTO DIALERS
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. 

AVUSD WEBSITE
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.

RADIO STATIONS
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 your student.
  • 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. 

PLEASE REMEMBER
  • 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.

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