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Emergency Preparedness

Each school site has a plan with specified roles and responsibilities for handling various types of emergencies. 

Specific safety procedures will be followed, depending on the type of emergency. Below is information about what procedures we use in each type of emergency. Every situation is unique, so school staff may adjust their response to address student safety first. 

Below are some important things to know if there is a disaster during school hours: 

  • In the event of an emergency DO NOT CALL THE SCHOOL OR DISTRICT OFFICE. An instant alert system (School Messenger) will communicate to parents/guardians and staff.
  • Each emergency presents a unique set of variables, which will be evaluated prior to a decision to use School Messenger. Those variables include nature of emergency, time of emergency, estimated duration of emergency, direction given by law enforcement and emergency services agencies, and impact on immediate safety of students and staff. The District's highest priority is to first evaluate and respond to the emergency and ensure the immediate safety of students; and then to notify parents/guardians if the individual emergency dictates.
  • School Messenger's accuracy is dependent on making sure all information is up-to-date in the school district's database. Any adjustments in your contact information can be made by contacting your local school. It is important to keep your contact information up-to-date at all times, even changes in email addresses.
  • The caller ID will be the District's main number (925) 552-5500. Don't hang up. If you pick up the voicemail at a later date, listen to the entire message. Do not call the school or the District office. If it is an emergency notification, it will include instructions.

A school implements one of the following procedures in response to a safety issue or emergency:

Lockdown or Modified Lockdown

A school building may go into lockdown when there is a safety concern on campus or police activity in the community. A school is ordered into lockdown by either law enforcement or the school principal.


Depending on the type of threat, a school may go into a lockdown or modified lockdown. 
 

Lockdown: During a lockdown, students and staff remain in classrooms behind locked doors, staying quiet, low and out of sight. Windows and blinds are closed; lights are turned off.

Modified Lockdown: Students can move about inside the school but not outside. Exterior doors are locked. Only known persons are allowed to enter. Exterior windows and blinds are closed.

Evacuation

A school building evacuation may occur in the event of a safety threat in which it would be safer for students and staff to be out of the building. Students are guided to an emergency assembly area.

Shelter-in-Place

A school may use "shelter-in-place" in case of hazardous materials being released into the atmosphere. Classroom heating and air vents are turned off and covered. Windows are closed.

Off-Site Reunification

In the rare instance that students are transported to an off-site location due to an emergency, families will be notified of where and when to pick up your child. We will notify you using our emergency communication systems and the contact information you have previously provided to the school.

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Communication in an Emergency

In the event of an emergency, SRVUSD will communicate information with parents using:

  • Automated phone calls 
  • E-mail notifications
  • Text messages (if subscribed)
  • Announcements on the district website
  • Announcements on social media. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Text Notifications

You may subscribe to receive text notifications in the event of an emergency via our communication system, School Messenger. 

 

Text "SUBSCRIBE" to 68453.

You will then receive a confirmation text that you are opted-in.

 

Standard messaging rates apply.

Emergency Alerts from Local Agencies

The City of San Ramon and the Town of Danville both have emergency text messaging notification systems in place to provide information when it is needed most. To register for alerts, visit www.nixle.com to enroll or simply text your zip code to 888777.