Vista Verde Emergency Preparedness
Each school in the district has an Emergency Response Plan that is reviewed and updated annually by the school Emergency Response Team.
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The safety and security of our students is our highest priority. Our school and the school district regularly plan and practice to ensure we are prepared for emergencies.
School Resource Officers
SRO (School Resource Officer)
Vista Verde is fortunate to have a uniformed School Resource Officer on campus daily. The officer’s main function at school is to provide a minimum of 180 hours of law related education to our students. Topics include: drug awareness and prevention, internet safety, dating violence, bullying, and juvenile law. The SRO processes crimes committed on school grounds and acts as a liaison between the Phoenix Police Department and the community.
Vista Verde’s campus is closed during the school day. All visitors must report through the front office. The lobby area is closed and secured and entrants must past through a security door to gain entrance on to the campus. VVMS employs 3 full-time duty aides to assist administration in campus security. Vista Verde also has the privilege of having a School Resource Officer from the Phoenix Police Department on campus daily.
The safety and security of all PVSchools students and staff is our highest priority. All district staff receive training in a variety of emergency scenarios.
In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), 15-341 (A) (31), PVSchools' emergency response plans have been developed by school and district teams to ensure that all schools meet emergency response preparedness guidelines established by the Arizona Department of Education, and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management.
PVSchools uses mass messaging to contact families with information about school related items as well as emergency situations. This messaging includes email, phone calls, and SMS text messaging.
If you are a parent or guardian, sign up to receive high-priority and emergency messages to include text messages.
- Make sure your mobile number is on file with your school via your student's emergency card. Student emergency cards are typically filled out online; however, upon request, the cards can be sent home at the beginning of each school year. If you have phone numbers (either home or mobile) that change during the year, reach out to your school and provide updated phone number information.
- Once your mobile number is entered into the student information system or anytime your mobile number is updated in the student information system, you will receive an automated text message from our emergency broadcast system asking you to opt-in to the text messaging feature. Please note that you can opt-out at any time, by simply texting the word STOP to 67587.
- If your mobile number is already on file with the district, you can opt-in at any time by texting the word YES to 67587.
- Please note, you must opt in each mobile number for your household in order to receive emergency broadcast alerts from your school or the district.
Due to FCC regulations, any time you change or add a mobile number, you will automatically get a new opt-in message from the district.
Please note: The district’s mass messaging system, does not charge any text message fees; however, wireless carriers typically do. Please contact your wireless carrier for more information about text messaging fees.
- American Red Cross: Disaster Preparedness
- Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
- National Association of School Psychologists: Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis
- National Association of School Psychologists: Coping with Crisis – Tips for Parents and Educators
- Department of Homeland Security: Active Shooter Information
- FEMA: Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed for Emergencies