Valley School District

Health and Safety

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. Safety begins with prevention and having a plan in place. State law requires schools to conduct nine drills a year, including practice for shelter-in-place, lockdown and evacuation. Information on this page will assist parents and families in the event of an emergency. Please note that due to safety concerns, staff and students may be asked by law enforcement to turn off cell phones during a crisis situation. This is an emergency management best practice. Police do not want parents to come to school to retrieve their children, because that could put the parent in danger and/or could compromise the police investigation.

Communication

In the event of an emergency such as a threat to campus, snow, windstorms, earthquake, or similar events, the Valley School District may change school start or dismissal times for student safety. We will communicate with parents through:

  • Automated phone calls. Please ensure your school has a working phone number where you can be reached.
  • Announcements on district and school websites
  • Announcements on social media. Please follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Emergency Dos & Don’ts

Student safety is our number one priority. Our schools have safety plans in place to handle natural disasters, security issues, and other emergency situations, in coordination with local law enforcement and first responders. Help us keep your child safe by following these emergency DOs and DON’Ts.

Dos Don’ts
Bookmark our website – We will post the latest available information on our homepage. Check back frequently for updates and instructions on when and where you can pick up your child if parent pick-up is necessary. Don't rush to the school – Coming to school may put you or your child at great risk. Additional people on the scene distract first responders from their primary job – student safety. Instead, check our website, twitter feed, your email, or your phone for information and instructions.
Get connected – Make sure we have your current phone number and email address so we can reach you quickly with an automated call, text, or email about an emergency situation. Update your contact information with your school office. Don’t call the school or district office – Resources are stretched thin during emergencies. Incoming calls take away from our ability to get updates to you through our website, email, and phone calls.
Dos
Bookmark our website – We will post the latest available information on our homepage. Check back frequently for updates and instructions on when and where you can pick up your child if parent pick-up is necessary.
Get connected – Make sure we have your current phone number and email address so we can reach you quickly with an automated call, text, or email about an emergency situation. Update your contact information with your school office.
Don’ts
Don't rush to the school – Coming to school may put you or your child at great risk. Additional people on the scene distract first responders from their primary job – student safety. Instead, check our website, twitter feed, your email, or your phone for information and instructions.
Don’t call the school or district office – Resources are stretched thin during emergencies. Incoming calls take away from our ability to get updates to you through our website, email, and phone calls.

Electronic Resources and Internet Safety