All Fresno Unified schools, offices, departments, Neighborhood Resource Centers, and buses are designated as a Safe Place. Safe Place is a national program which provides access to Immediate help and supportive resources for all young people in crisis through a network of sites sustained by qualified agencies, trained volunteers, and businesses. Fresno Unified schools displaying the distinctive “Safe Place” signs serve as access points for at-risk youth who are in need of assistance.
For increased safety of students, and staff, the Fresno Unified School District policy on open gates is that all gates will remain locked during school hours with the exception of one gate near the main office.
Lock Down / Fire Drills, and Earthquake Preparedness Drills – District Policy
In order to better prepare our staff/students Fresno Unified requires the following drills be practiced each school year:
Elementary and Middle Schools
- 1 fire drill per month
- 3 lock-down drills per year
- 4 earthquake preparedness drills per year
- 3 fire drills per year
- 3 lock-down drills per year
- 2 earthquake preparedness drills per year (Lockdown and Fire drill should be held during the following times: 1 before/after school, 1 during lunch and 1 during instruction period).
Emergency and Crisis Information
Rapid Alert: Emergency Text Notification System
What is Rapid Alert?
Rapid Alert is Fresno Unified’s new emergency text notification system. Rapid Alert will send a text message to the cell phones of parents or guardians in the event a safety issue or incident occurs on or near school sites. This system provides an additional tool for quickly notifying parents/guardians and staff, above and beyond the district’s current SchoolMessenger notification system. Because a text message only allows for 160 characters, messages will be brief, but will provide pertinent details and any necessary instructions.
What kind of safety issue will warrant a Rapid Alert?
The district has given that question a lot of thought and have determined the system will be used in the event there is a safety issue at a school site that is going to 1) disrupt the school day or 2) cause an early dismissal. So for example:
- A gas leak
- Water main break that requires early dismissal
- Foggy day schedule impacting classes or buses
- School cancellation (district-wide power or phone outage for example)
- Full-scale reunification causing early dismissal
- Lockdowns that impact arrival and dismissal
It is extremely important that parents/guardians are aware of this new communication tool. We can’t emphasize enough how vital itis that you include a cell phone number on the yellow emergency card and update the school sites when you change your emergencycontact information, especially your cell phone number. We want to encourage each parent/guardian to notify your child’s school whenyour cell phone number changes. Please be sure to notify your child’s school, provide the school with your new cell phone numberso you do not miss a Rapid Alert notification, in the event there is a safety issue at school.
In the event of a city-wide emergency while your child is in school, listen to these stations for updated information:
- English: AM-580, FM -89.3, FM -99.3
- Spanish: AM-790, FM-92.9, FM-101.9
- Hmong: AM-900
- English Channels: 24, 26, 30, & 47
- Spanish Channel: 21
- Hmong Channel: 32.6 (Hmong TV Network)
In the event of a crisis, emergency response teams are sent immediately to school site(s). Rapid Alerts, letters and/or SchoolMessenger telephone messages are sent to families regarding the emergency. School district staff are available to help with concerns.
School Resource Officers (SRO)
Each comprehensive high school as well as DeWolf, Cambridge and Phoenix Secondary have a SRO assigned. SROs are also assigned at selected middle schools. The SRO is a Police Officer employed through a contractual agreement with the Fresno Police Department to provide a police presence and assist in deterring crime on and around the campus. The SRO assists the site administration in keeping our schools safe. The SRO supervising sergeant is a member of the Fresno Unified Safety/Security Office team. Any complaints of the Fresno Police or SRO regarding a student, please contact the Fresno Unified Safety Office at 457-3729.