District and School Safety
The health and safety of our students, staff, and the entire community will always be a top priority in Lake Havasu Unified School District.
The LHUSD District Guiding Principles state that school personnel will “nurture and treat each student with respect by maintaining a safe and positive learning environment”. This is reinforced in our district mindset of “Every Student. Every Day. Whatever It Takes”. We are committed to creating a safe and secure learning environment for all students.
Our Director of Student Services, Jon Moss, serves as the district safety coordinator. He is responsible for researching, designing, and implementing a comprehensive district security and safety program and maintaining district emergency plans and preparations as well as crisis response and recovery plans, among other duties.
To help ensure the safety and security of our school communities, we recognize the importance of continually:
- collaborating with emergency management officials to ensure best practices are implemented for school safety;
- regularly practicing various aspects of our school safety program;
- reviewing and evaluating the district's comprehensive safety plan;
- and providing professional learning on safety for staff at all levels.
If you are interested in supporting or being a part of the safety programs within LHUSD, please contact Mr. Moss.
SCHOOL SAFETY HIGHLIGHTS
- Safety team at every school
- Members of the safety team are FEMA-trained
- teams include administrators, teachers, and support staff
- Designated District Safety Coordinator
- Quarterly LHUSD Safety Advisory Committee Meetings with local partners
- Ongoing safety drills are conducted
- Designated school resource officers in partnership with the Lake Havasu City Police Department
- Cameras installed on all campuses
- Annual safety training for all staff
- Intentional visitor screening
- All visitors must sign-in and wear a badge
- Volunteers undergo a background screening by the district office
- Updated safety features on every campus
- All sites are equipped with radios and emergency communication tools
- Administrators and office staff trained on emergency communication tool
Key LHUSD Safety Partners
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise in our area while school is in session, we want you to be aware that the schools have made preparations to respond effectively to such situations. In fact, public schools in Arizona are built to meet stringent construction standards and they may be safer than your own home in the event of a disaster.
Should we have a major disaster during school hours, your student(s) will be cared for at the school. Our School District has a detailed disaster plan which has been formulated to respond to a major catastrophe.
Your cooperation is necessary in any emergency.
1. Do not telephone the school. Telephone lines may be needed for emergency communication.
2. Do not attempt to reach your student by cell phone as this may put your student at further risk depending on the emergency and cell phone lines may be needed for emergency communication.
3. In the event of a serious emergency, students will be kept at their schools until they are picked up by an identified, responsible adult who has been identified as such on a School District emergency card which is required to be filled out by parents at the beginning of every school year. Please be sure you consider the following criteria when you authorize another person to pick up your child at school:
• He/she is 18 years of age or older.
• He/she is usually home during the day.
• He/she could walk to school, if necessary.
• He/she is known to your child.
• He/she is both aware and able to assume this responsibility.
4. Turn your radio to KAAA, KFLG-FM, KJJJ, KNKK-M, KNTR, KSTAR-AM, and KZZZ-AM for emergency announcements. If students are to be kept at school, radio stations will be notified. If electrical service and internet services are not affected, information will be posted on the school website which can be accessed through the district website at www.lhusd.org.
5. In addition, information regarding day-to-day school operations will be available by calling the District Office at 505-6900.
6. Impress upon your children the need for them to follow the directions of any school personnel in times of an emergency.
Students will be released only to parents and persons identified on the School District Emergency Card. During an extreme emergency, students will be released at designated reunion gates located on school campuses. These will be identified with signs or posters.
Parents should become familiar with the School Emergency Disaster Plan and be patient and understanding with the student release process. Please instruct your student to remain at school until you or a designee arrives. Because local telephone service may be disrupted, also list an out-of-State contact on the emergency card, as calls may still be made out of the area while incoming calls are affected.
The decision to keep students at school will be based upon whether or not streets in the area are open. If this occurs, radio stations will be notified. In the event that a natural disaster takes place during the time that students are being transported, students will be kept on the bus and the driver will ask for assistance through radio contact with the school and district personnel. Any child who is home waiting for the bus will not be picked up (if roads are impassable) and remains the responsibility of the parent or guardian. In the event a natural disaster occurs in the afternoon, the driver will make every attempt to continue delivering the students to their homes. Should road conditions prevent the driver from delivering students to their home or to school in the morning, the students will be delivered to the nearest school site and that school will communicate with the home school to inform them of the students’ whereabouts.
In case of a hazardous release event (chemical spill) near the school area, Shelter-in-Place procedures will be implemented to provide in-place protection. All students and staff will clear the fields, report to their rooms and all efforts will be made to prevent outside air from entering classrooms during the emergency. “Shelter-in-Place” signs will be placed in classroom windows or hung outside classroom doors during a drill or emergency. Students arriving at school during a Shelter-in-Place drill or event should report to the school office or to a previously designated area at the school because classrooms will be inaccessible. When the dangerous incident has subsided, an all-clear signal will be given.
Should an emergency or disaster situation ever arise while school is not in session requiring a school closure, the following steps will be taken to notify and keep the community aware of the status. Radio and local TV stations will be notified. Please turn your radio to KAAA, KFLG-FM, KNKK-M, KSTAR-AM, KZZZAM, KJJJ, KNTR, KAAA, KFLG-FM, KNKK-M, KSTAR-AM, and KZZZ-AM for emergency announcements. Turn your television to station Channels 25 and 45 for public announcements. Information will be posted on the school website which can be accessed through the district website at www.lhusd.org. Staff will be posted outside of school to communicate school closure. If your student rides a school bus, the bus driver will notify your child at the bus stop. The emergency phone call system will be activated and parents will be notified. In addition, school marquis will be used to communicate closure.
Please discuss these matters with your immediate family. Planning ahead will help alleviate concerns during emergencies.
For more information on how your family can be better prepared for emergencies at home, please contact Mohave County Public Health Department or log on to www.HealthELinks.com.
District Emergency Operations Coordinator
- Visually check hallway for staff and students
- Close locked door, cover window, and turn off lights
- Barricade door(s), prepare to counter
- Remain silent and silence cellphones/technology
- Move away from door and line of sight
- Take attendance - prepare list of unaccounted staff or students
- Do not open door for anyone
- No one leaves the room until lockdown is lifted
- Bring everyone inside the building; lock exterior doors
- Close locked doors and windows
- Take attendance - prepare list of unaccounted staff or students
- Notify office of unaccounted staff and students
- Remain in safe area until command is lifted
- Take all keys and Emergency Kit, including attendance roster
- Evacuate to nearest, clear exit
- Do not stop for staff or students belongings
- Close the door and turn off lights
- Once outside, account for all students
- Notify admin of unaccounted for and/or injured staff and students
- Remain at evacuation site until all clear is given
- Stay with class unless relieved by a partner teacher
- Take roll again before leaving relocation center
- Report missing students to incident commander
- Prepare to support in reunification with families
As part of the process of updating the district’s safety plan, a new safety protocol called ALICE is being implemented in the implausible event of a dangerous intruder. This training teaches staff and students to respond immediately in the event of a crisis, rather than rely on centralized instructions/communication.
During drills and practices conducted throughout this school year, our administration and teachers will be introducing the ALICE principles and strategies to students while also being cognizant of what is developmentally appropriate.
The letters in ALICE stand for Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter and Evacuate:
● Alert – Inform people of the threat, giving as much information as possible.
● Lockdown – Students and staff can choose to lockdown and barricade the room that they are in if they determine that it is not safe to evacuate.
● Inform – Pass on as much information as possible to others and to First Responders, including calling 911.
● Counter – An effort of last resort, if a dangerous intruder is able to get into the space they are in, individuals can counter with distraction or other tactics. Staff are being trained to use every effort to stop the intruder, instead of relying on the traditional lockdown and hide response.
● Evacuate – If it is safe to do so, all are encouraged to evacuate the building, and remove themselves from the threat.
You may obtain more information regarding ALICE at https://www.alicetraining.com/.
Our goal is to ensure that, in the event of a physical threat or dangerous intruder incident, students and teachers are prepared to respond based on the information they have available at that moment.