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. Every school has an up-to-date safe school plan, and so does the District. These plans are regularly practiced and annually reviewed to make sure employees and students know what their role would be in the event of an emergency. Trainings includes both classroom instruction and practice drills that involve local emergency responders. Members of a community who serve on safety committees at each school are also involved in overseeing preparedness efforts.
We train to deal with different kinds of problems, whether caused by natural forces or manmade; and have plans that can be adjusted to meet any circumstance. If a situation is serious enough to require you to leave your home or workplace, we will either ask you to pick your child up or will direct you to a location at which you will be updated on developments. For your safety – and the safety of students and staff – it’s best to wait for additional instructions and only head to school during a lockdown or facility alert if instructed to do so.
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. We recognize the importance of communicating with parents when an emergency occurs at their child’s school, and make it a priority to reach out to parents quickly using multiple communication channels (telephone, email, text, Internet, etc.). If you hear of an emergency from your 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.
All visitors arriving on a Clovis Unified campus during the school day are expected to sign in at the school’s administrative office and receive a visitor’s badge. School staff are always on the lookout for visitors, and will direct any visitor without a badge to the main office for check-in using our Raptor visitor screening system.