School Emergency Response Drills
The safety and security of all NUSD students and staff is a top priority. All district staff members receive training in emergency response.
What is an emergency?
An emergency is a sudden, unexpected, or dangerous situation that requires immediate action. The response to any situation depends on the potential impact it may have on the people or facilities involved. When parents hear news of a situation at a school, their first reaction may be to rush to the site to pick up their child. We understand that reaction, however, when numerous parents arrive at the same time, growing demands on access to the school and students can negatively impact the access or response from law enforcement and supporting agencies. NUSD will communicate as frequently as possible with parents to keep them informed during an emergency situation. Here are some tips for parents when an emergency occurs on or near an NUSD campus.
Check email or texts for updated information.
In case of an off-site evacuation, wait for communication from the school or district to which location your child’s campus will evacuate.
In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), 15-341 (A) (32), NUSD school’s emergency response plans have been developed by school and district teams to ensure that all schools meet emergency response preparedness guidelines established by the Arizona Department of Education, and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management. Emergency response plans have been reviewed by local police and fire officials, and in addition, campuses hold regular fire, lockdown, and shelter-in-place drills.
In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will be initiated by the school. Please take a moment to review the actions listed below. Students and staff will be trained and the school will practice these actions through drills over the course of the school year.
We encourage all parents/guardians to speak with their children about what to do in the event of an emergency or safety situation. This should include the best way to communicate and who or where to meet in the event that an incident occurs before or after school, or as they are going to or coming from school.
Doors Locked, Voices Off, Out of Sight
A Lockdown is initiated when there may be an immediate threat or hazard near or on the school campus. Students and staff are moved (or remain) in classrooms, sit away from the sight line of the doors or windows, and doors and windows are locked and covered. Classroom activities cease until the incident concludes. The office will be closed and phones will not be answered.
STUDENTS: Move away from sight, maintain silence, and listen to directions from the teacher or staff.
TEACHERS: Ensure all interior doors are locked, cover windows, and maintain silence. Ensure no movement inside & outside of buildings. Move away from sight and secure ALL persons in a room (including office staff and security personnel). Maintain calm and quiet.
There are a number of different circumstances or emergency situations that could cause the district to evacuate students or release them earlier or later than normal: severe weather and flooding, power or water outage, hazardous materials, or a crisis near or at the school. In situations like these, it may be necessary for families to come to pick up their students in a formalized, controlled release, with the local fire department, law enforcement agencies, and district all working together. This is called reunification.
We are dedicated to keeping our students safe and secure. Please understand that there may be times during an emergency when we will need to shelter our students in safe places within their school or move them to an alternative location if the school must be evacuated. It is our goal to reunify our students with their parents as soon as it is safe to do so. Emergency first responders will help us make a decision when it is safe to reunify students and parents.