The Dysart Unified School District is committed to providing a safe learning environment for students and staff. Many areas of safety can be shared with students that can be applied to school and home. At school students can be informed on how to be safe at school by learning classroom safety, what their roles are during an evacuation, lockdown, modified lockdown, or shelter in place drills. Additional safety information can be shared with students that they can utilize on their way to and from school, such as bike safety, driveway safety, parking lot safety (in and around cars, stop look and listen) and playground safety in your community. Safety and security in our schools, home and community go hand in hand. What students learn at school can be brought home and shared with parents, siblings and neighbors. Ensuring students know how to react during emergency situations, how to be attentive and watchful on the way to school and home will benefit our Dysart community.
Safety at our Schools
Doors remain locked during the school day, all visitors are required to sign in and wear identification, and school employees are trained to report immediately any suspicious activity to the proper authority.
Each school in Dysart has an Emergency Operations Plan, which has been created in collaboration with local law enforcement, communicated with all staff members, and is practiced regularly to ensure that everyone knows their role should a crisis occur. Classrooms have an emergency flip chart that allows teachers to obtain quick and easily accessible step by step instructions in an emergency.
Safety Tips for Parents
- Start of every school year Dysart schools review and update their safety plans for each building. These plans are shared with the district and local jurisdictions.
- Each school has a safety committee made up of five to 15 members that meet to discuss facility safety, bullying, discipline, and emergency response procedures, etc.
- School buildings have emergency first aid kits and various communication tools.
- Every school practices at least one monthly fire drill, in addition to lockdown and shelter in place drills, with various lockdown scenarios.
- Role play/table top exercises are shared with Administrators and practiced with staff during professional development.
- The local fire departments inspect all campuses to become familiar with floor plans and where fire equipment is located.
- Protocol is established for Dysart employees to have ID badges. Visitors are required to obtain a visitor ID badge when checking into the building. Employees will stop and ask anyone without a badge to report to the office.
The safety and security of our students is our highest priority. Our school and the school district regularly plan and practice responses to ensure we are prepared for emergencies. We also suggest that our families talk about safety with students, during the school day and on their way to and from school each day.
We encourage you to talk to your child and review some basic safety tips and routines:
• Know how your child will arrive and depart from school, and with whom.
• If your child walks to and from school, review the route with your child.
• Establish check in timelines, especially the time you expect them at home.
• Know your child’s friends, phone numbers, and possibly where they live.
• Report any suspicious activity or persons to administration and/or police if necessary.
• Talk to your child about stranger danger. Discuss what to do if approached by a stranger who wants to have a conversation or offers them some item or a ride.
• Make sure your child knows his/her address and phone number, and how to reach you in case of an emergency.
Please remind your children to be careful and aware of their surroundings at all times.
If you have changed any phone numbers or email addresses lately, please contact our your child's school to update your records.
Thank you for working together with us to keep your children safe, healthy and learning each day. Parents, students, educators, and community members can all take action to keep children safe—in and away from school.
Learn more about fire safety facts, and receive fire safety tips.
Playgrounds and outdoor play equipment offer children fresh air and exercise, so it’s important for adults to make sure that the play equipment is safe and students are not engaged in careless behavior.
Student safety is the primary concern of the Transportation Department. Statistics show that the most dangerous time for students is before they get on the bus and after they get off the bus.
Bullying, Harassment, or Intimidation
Bullying is repeated acts over time that make a real or perceived imbalance of power with the more powerful child or group attacking those who are less powerful. Bullying can be physical in form, verbal, or psychological.
The Dysart Unified School District provides parents and community members the ability to subscribe to email and text message alerts that are issued by the district concerning situations that may arise in or around school sites.
These resource websites provide advice for parents and teens alike on topics such as bullying, drug prevention and intervention, internet safety, cyberbullying, and tips about raising healthy kids.
Parent-Student Reunification is a process where parents will be asked pick up their children from school or an alternate location in a formalized, controlled release. The goal of reunification is that all students remain safe while in the school’s care until they are reunited with families.