Safety Preparedness

SCHOOL SAFTEY IS OUR PRIORITY

The Safety of Children Always Comes First.

School Safety

Students learn best and achieve their full potential in safe and orderly classrooms. These resources will help you create and maintain a safe, secure and peaceful learning environment.

Fire

U.S. fire departments respond to approximately 5,500 fires at education buildings each year. That’s why it’s so important to stress fire safety education in our school. Educating and preparing students for a fire emergency is a priority. Teachers and staff are well trained on fire safety procedures and many fire drills are conducted throughout the year.

Bus Safety

The school bus is the safest vehicle on the road—your child is much safer taking a bus to and from school than traveling by car. That’s because school buses are the most regulated vehicles on the road; they’re designed to be safer than passenger vehicles in preventing crashes and injuries; and in every State, stop-arm laws protect children from other motorists. Before your child starts school for the first time, it’s important for you and your child to know traffic safety rules. Teach your child to follow these practices to make school bus transportation safer.

Resources and Tips

It's important to remember – and share with your children – some key tips that will help keep them safe and healthy throughout the school year. Mesa Union School District creates an emergency manual annually that serves as both an emergency plan and checklist. This plan is designed to be activated for any unusual and/or emergency incidents that occurs at Mesa school. The philosophy of this plan is to provide staff with a detailed plan for each type of scenario.

Earthquake

Unlike hurricanes or other natural hazards, earthquakes strike suddenly and without warning. Nevertheless, there are things that we can do to reduce the chances that those who attend or work at Mesa will be injured, or that school property will be damaged by an earthquake. These activities all fall under the concept of preparedness, because to be effective, they must be done before earthquakes occur.

Preparing for earthquakes involves learning what should be done before, during, and after earthquakes; and doing or preparing to do those things, before the next quake. School preparedness requires the participation of administrators, teachers, students, and parents.

Lockdown

A Lock Down will be announced over the intercom, as “LOCK DOWN” and no distinction will be made between a drill and an actual emergency. Teachers are to immediately lock their doors, take roll, and notify the office if a child is not in the room along with their last known location. All classrooms will be contacted within the first 5 minutes after lockdown has been called to confirm student safety. All teachers and students are to stay within the confinement of the room until an “ALL CLEAR” is announced. Under no circumstances are teachers to open their doors or let students outside until they get notification of the all clear. If you are in doubt contact the office for confirmation. If an actual emergency has taken place a parent​ ​note​ ​will​ ​be​ ​sent​ ​home​ ​at​ ​the​ ​end​ ​of​ ​the​ ​day.

For students who are caught outside, they are to proceed to the nearest classroom immediately. Teachers are to look for students outside while they are closing and locking their doors and allow students to enter. Immediately​ ​call​ ​the​ ​office​ ​to​ ​confirm​ ​the​ ​student’s​ ​location.