School Safety

Safety is Our Priority


Clovis Unified School District is committed to making schools safe for all students and staff. We work closely with local and state agencies including police, fire, emergency medical services and public health officials to ensure that we are well-prepared and children are protected in the case of any emergency situation, whether caused by natural forces or manmade.

Should an emergency occur, school officials and emergency responders will first do what is needed to secure a facility for the safety of students, and then work to inform parents with accurate and complete information. Please see the "What Parents Need to Know" section below for additional information specific to parents and guardians.

2022-23

New This Year


  • Tyler Drive bus passes tracking student locations.
  • CatapultEMS communication system making response times faster.
  • Locked classroom doors during school days.



What We Do

Safe School Plans

CUSD Police

Law Enforcement Partnerships

Every school has a Safe School Plan that is updated annually and practiced regularly to ensure employees and students know their role in the event of an emergency.



Clovis Unified's Police Department is POST certified and employs 16 officers with extensive law enforcement experience. Learn more about CUSD Police Services here.


Close partnerships are maintained with local and state agencies including police departments, sheriff's office, fire, emergency medical services and public health officials.





Regular Drills &
Training  

Facility Design

Check-In 
Procedures

Safety plans and procedures are practiced regularly by students and staff. Staff also participate in periodic training with law enforcement.


Facility designs promote safety with cameras. Building placements and landscape design are audited regularly with district and law enforcement support.



Staff are required to wear Staff ID badges while on campus. Visitors must use the Raptor Check-in process upon arrival and are issued visible visitor passes.





Bus Passes

"Neighborhood Watch" Approach

Communication
System

Students taking the bus now have Transportation ID cards that they swipe when they get on and get off the bus. This new Tyler Drive system provides increased tracking of students' location. Learn more about the Tyler Drive Bus Pass system at our Transportation page here.



Parents, staff and community are encouraged to report anything of concern during or after school hours.



All sites and district departments are using a new web- and app-based system that increases the speed of reporting and responding to a campus safety issue. CatapultEMS is customized to the needs of each campus and safety team.

What Parents Need to Know

STUDENTS FIRST
children using computerShould an emergency occur, school officials and emergency responders will first do what is needed to secure a facility for the safety of students, and then work to inform parents with accurate and complete information. If a parent hears of an emergency from their student prior to hearing about it from the school site, please know it is because the school staff acts first to secure the safety of students and staff, and next to communicate the situation to parents.

If a situation is serious enough to require parents to leave their home or workplace, we will either ask parents to pick their child up or will direct them to a location at which they will be updated on developments. For the safety of parents -- and the safety of students and staff -- it's best to wait for additional instructions and only head to school during a lockdown or shelter in place if instructed to do so.

Please feel free to download our complete school safety brochure to the right.

Click to expand each section below.
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What to do in the event of a school emergency >>

  • The District will use its automated phone system, e-mails, district and school websites, the media and text
    messages to communicate with parents.
  • In order for the school district to keep you informed, make sure you keep current contact information on file with your child’s school.
  • While a parent’s first instinct may be to head immediately to the school campus upon hearing of a possible emergency, your presence may interfere with response efforts.
  • Before going to the school, check district information sources for directions to parents related to possible evacuation or student pick-up.
  • Seek accurate information from reliable, official sources. Keep in mind that unofficial sources of information may have only partial, incorrect or unverified details. If you hear of an unverified rumor regarding a school safety issue, please contact the school to clarify the accuracy of the information.
  • Clovis Unified’s emergency response protocols include processes for identifying rumors and verifying information before it is released to parents.
  • Parents set the tone for their child’s emotional response to an emergency. Remain as calm as you can if your child contacts you during an emergency.

Tips to Prepare Your Family for an Emergency >>

Have a plan. Create a family emergency plan, and talk to your children about what your family would do in the event of an
emergency at school or in the community. California’s Emergency Management Agency has lots of information on how to create a Family Emergency Plan at www.calema.ca.gov (search for Family Disaster Plan).

  • Keep your child’s emergency contact information at school up to date, including alternate phone numbers for you and family or friends authorized to pick your child up at school.
  • Talk to your child about the importance of listening carefully and following directions in the event of an emergency.
  • Discuss with your family ways to stay in touch with each other during an emergency whether at school or in the community, and stress to your student the importance of staying off of cell phones unless specifically authorized during an emergency.

Terms that may be used during an emergency situation

Click to view description of each term and commonly asked questions.

Lockdown >>

A lockdown is called when an immediate, serious threat is present against students or staff of a school. This may include the sighting of someone with a weapon on campus, a threat made against students or staff members, or other imminently dangerous situations that threaten campus safety.

During a lockdown, no one is allowed to leave the facility. Students will be immediately gathered from hallways, restrooms and common areas and moved indoors. Doors will be locked and students will not be allowed to leave with a parent or guardian. All students will be accounted for by staff. Students on buses at the time a lockdown is called at their school would be held on the bus or rerouted to another location and parents informed. Any parents or visitors present when a lockdown is called will be directed to a room separate from the school’s emergency response center until the conclusion of the lockdown. School administrators will consult with local and district law enforcement to determine when it is safe to end the lockdown event.

Q. How do I know if a school is in lockdown?
A. The main entrance doors will be locked, and whenever possible, sign posted in the window. Clovis Unified’s emergency phone notification system will be used to alert parents to the school’s lockdown status.

Q. What should I do if my child’s school is in a lockdown?
A. Parents should:
  • not go to a school site that is in lockdown, as they will not be allowed to enter, and their presence could jeopardize their safety or the safety of our students.
  • use the information sources listed on this page (and in the brochure downloadable from this page) to receive updates on the lockdown situation.

Shelter in Place >>

A shelter in place is called when school officials are made aware of a potentially hazardous situation that may reach a district facility. If a shelter in place is called, a school site is on heightened alert, however, doors will not be locked and students will be allowed to leave with a parent or guardian. Students will be called indoors and accounted for, and movement around campus will be limited and occur under adult supervision. Parents and other school visitors on campus when a shelter in place is called are free to leave the facility. A state of shelter in place allows school personnel to be prepared to quickly move to a state of lockdown should the possibility of a threat escalate.

Q. What is the difference between a lockdown and a shelter in place?
A. In a lockdown situation, all classroom activity stops, and staff and students shelter out of sight. In a shelter in place, teachers continue classroom activities, but movement around a campus is limited and supervised by adults.

Evacuation >>

A campus evacuation may be called when school administrators determine that student safety may be jeopardized by staying indoors. This could occur as the result of a possible fire, a bomb threat or a gas leak. In the event of a bomb threat, an evacuation decision is dependent on information received in the threat and factors influencing the credibility of the report. Each school has procedures in place for partial or complete evacuation, including multiple on- and off-site locations. If necessary, plans are in place to provide transportation for students to alternate locations. Parents would be notified quickly should such an off-site evacuation occur. These notifications would include additional information about where to pick up your child. In the event of an evacuation that requires parent/guardian pickup, parents will be required to sign out their child. Students will be released only to an adult with proper identification who is on file with the school as an authorized emergency contact.

Drop, Cover & Hold >>

Drop, Cover & Hold is called in the event of an earthquake or other natural disaster necessitating shelter be taken. Students and staff will quickly drop and move under a desk or sturdy table and/or cover their head and neck with their arms to protect themselves from possible falling objects, and they will hold in that position until the event subsides.

Power Outage >>

Safety procedures at Clovis Unified schools extend to plans for loss of power. In most circumstances, a power outage of up to four hours can be accommodated and classroom instruction will continue. Classrooms without adequate natural lighting would be relocated to accommodate the continuation of lessons, and lunchroom service would still be provided utilizing Clovis Unified’s alternate meals stocked specifically for possible emergencies. The district maintains a supply of emergency mobile phones, which can be distributed to a school site in the event that a power outage affects telephone and Internet service. Clovis Unified’s automated phone, text and email notification can be accessed anywhere to keep parents informed during a power outage or other school emergency.

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