Schools have security measures to ensure the well-being of students and staff. While each school’s security system differs based on the size and layout of its campus and other factors, security measures may include: visitor check-in procedures, locked doors and gates after the start of the school day, surveillance cameras and campus supervisors.

How can I as a parent or guardian be assured that I receive the most up-to-date information from my child’s school?

To ensure that you receive the most accurate account of the emergency situation, keep your contact information up to date with schools on your child’s emergency card.

How and when will I be notified if there is an emergency at my child’s school?

The means and immediacy of communication will depend on the scope of the event and on the potential or actual impact to the safety of the students. While it’s difficult to describe all possible scenarios, the following can be used as a guide to gauge the district’s level of notification and systems used to communicate with families. Not every incident will warrant a notification response. Every situation must be assessed based on multiple factors. PAUSD reserves judgement in each case.

Impact LevelNotification Response
A low-impact incident: Poses no or minimal risk to the safety of the school. There are no disruptions to regular school activities, and the incident is an isolated one that does not impact more than one student.
Example: A small disturbance or fight
  • Parents of involved student(s) will be contacted
A moderate-impact incident: Poses a moderate risk to the school. Results in some disruption to school activities such as a change of schedule or cancellation of some activities.
Example: Police activity in the neighborhood results in students being brought inside during their lunch
  • Send message by the end of the school day via email, phone call or website posting
A high-impact incident: The incident poses a significant risk to the safety of the students, which results in a significant disruption to school activities, change of schedule, evacuation, cancellation of activities, and impacts many students.
Example: A gas leak that requires a school evacuation and closure
  • Send messages as soon as possible via text message, email, phone call, or website posting
  • If a matter of public concern, PAUSD may also provide social media updates and/or a press release

Should I report to the scene of the incident/emergency?

In the case of a high-impact emergency situation in a school or at a school-sponsored activity, parents and guardians are encouraged to remain close to their sources of communication, whether phone or email, to ensure they are receiving accurate and timely updates. Access to the scene will be limited and controlled by fire or police officials, so you will be asked to wait for instructions for picking up your child.

Once the emergency is declared "over," will parents and guardians be able to report to their child’s school?

When PAUSD communicates to families that the school emergency has ended, we will provide on how you will reunite with your child. Parents and guardians will be directed to a specific location that could be off campus. It is important that everyone follow these directions for the safety of all students, staff and parents or guardians.

Remember, a student can only be released to an adult that is documented as an emergency contact.

If the school building is evacuated, how will I be able to locate my child?

If an evacuation occurs during the school day, there is a possibility that the students will return to school and normal bus service will resume. If returning to the school is not possible, students will be located at a safe site until you (or an adult designated on your child’s emergency card) can pick them up. Your child may text or call you about the evacuation before PAUSD is able to notify you. Please rely on the district’s information and monitor your phone or email closely to ensure you are receiving accurate and timely updates from district staff. Student texts and social media can cause confusion and further disrupt safety protocols.

Remember, a student can only be released to an adult who is documented as an emergency contact. If you are a non-custodial parent, you must be listed with your child's emergency contact information as a guardian and show proper identification.