The safety and security of our students is our highest priority. Our school and the school district regularly plan and practice to ensure we are prepared for emergencies. This page covers the primary procedures we will follow to protect our students during an emergency.
What happens during an emergency: During an emergency, school administrators will secure the campus in what is called a lockdown. Classroom doors are locked, gates to the campus are closed and locked, and no one is permitted to enter or exit the campus until school administrators give the all-clear signal. If there is immediate danger, teachers will stop lessons, close window blinds, turn off lights and direct students to the most secure area of the classroom or building. School personnel work closely with public safety officials during emergencies.
Students may be kept on campus: In the event of a chemical spill or other immediate danger to health and safety, public safety officials may direct the school to keep students on campus, even after school hours, until the all-clear signal is given.
If such an emergency occurs, students will be released only to an adult who has been identified as a parent, guardian or emergency contact on the student’s Emergency Card. It is important that you complete the card at the beginning of every school year and update it as needed.
The school district is prepared to provide food, water and the medications listed on your child’s School Year Medication Record to your child, if we are directed to hold students on campus.
Campus Visit Procedures
Larkspur Elementary welcomes all visitors to our campus. Following these procedures will help us to insure the safety and well being of our students and staff members.
- Always check in at the front office and obtain a Visitor badge.
- Your visitor badge must be visible at all times.
- Unless you have already received clearance as a volunteer or chaperone, please do not interact with students.
- When you are ready to leave our campus, please return your badge and sign out in the front office.
If you would like to observe your student during the school day (in the classroom), please make arrangements ahead of time with the Principal's approval.
Larkspur conducts a fire drill evacuation from the building once a month. Children are taught the importance of listening to directions during these drills, as alternate evacuation exits may be needed, in case fire is blocking the primary escape route.
Lockdown drills are practiced one time per semester. These also range in scenario – e.g. stranger inside building, stranger on campus, or police situation in the neighborhood.
In the event of an actual emergency, families will be notified regarding the situation, as soon as possible. If the school has to be evacuated and moved to an alternate location, families will be notified as to where their children are and when pick-up can begin. Adults who will be sent to pick children up must be on the emergency card and have proper ID.
The safety and security of all PVSchools students and staff is our highest priority. All district staff receive training in a variety of emergency scenarios.
In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), 15-341 (A) (31), PVSchools' 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.
Make an Anonymous Tip Online
PVSchools works with law enforcement to have all crimes investigated thoroughly. The community should never hesitate to call or email the school or law enforcement if they hear information that might pose a threat to our students or staff safety. Tips can also be submitted online through a portal that allows the tipster to remain anonymous.
PVSchools uses mass messaging to contact families with information about school related items as well as emergency situations. This messaging includes email, phone calls, and SMS text messaging.
If you are a parent or guardian, sign up to receive high-priority and emergency messages to include text messages.
- Make sure your mobile number is on file with your school via your student's emergency card. Student emergency cards are typically filled out online; however, upon request, the cards can be sent home at the beginning of each school year. If you have phone numbers (either home or mobile) that change during the year, reach out to your school and provide updated phone number information.
- Once your mobile number is entered into the student information system or anytime your mobile number is updated in the student information system, you will receive an automated text message from our emergency broadcast system asking you to opt-in to the text messaging feature. Please note that you can opt-out at any time, by simply texting the word STOP to 67587.
- If your mobile number is already on file with the district, you can opt-in at any time by texting the word YES to 67587.
- Please note, you must opt in each mobile number for your household in order to receive emergency broadcast alerts from your school or the district.
Due to FCC regulations, any time you change or add a mobile number, you will automatically get a new opt-in message from the district.
Please note: The district’s mass messaging system, does not charge any text message fees; however, wireless carriers typically do. Please contact your wireless carrier for more information about text messaging fees.
- American Red Cross: Disaster Preparedness
- Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
- National Association of School Psychologists: Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis
- National Association of School Psychologists: Coping with Crisis – Tips for Parents and Educators
- Department of Homeland Security: Active Shooter Information
- FEMA: Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed for Emergencies