The Scottsdale Unified School District (SUSD) has an integrated approach to school safety using four phases:
Prevention/Mitigation, Preparedness, Response, and Recovery when reviewing and implementing emergency preparedness programs. Each classroom, school office and other student use areas are equipped with classroom emergency guides outlining general emergency procedures. Campuses hold regular fire and lockdown drills and have completed tabletop crisis drills with emergency experts.
Specifically, lockdown drills prepare students and staff members for various emergency situations. Like fire drills, the goal is to make lockdown drills routine exercises which supports a safe, secure learning environment. During a lockdown instruction will stop, windows will be covered and all doors locked, lights will be turned off, students will sit on the floor, away from doors and windows, and a quiet, calm environment will be maintained. A lockdown can be called for a variety of critical situations, from suspicious people to chemical spills. In many cases, events in the neighborhood will cause a campus to lock down, whether a drill or actual emergency-please follow the instructions of the staff members and expect to be secured on campus for the duration of the lockdown.
When the news breaks that an emergency is taking place at a school, every parent’s first reaction is to rush to the campus to pick up his or her child. In fact, a horde of parents arriving at school can increase the risk to students.
Here are some tips for parents when and emergency occurs on or near a Scottsdale campus:
Each school’s Emergency Response Plan, which all follows the district’s template, has been reviewed by local police and fire department officials, as well as the district’s administration team. Biohazard teams are located at each of the five high schools as mandated by the state.