Emergency Preparedness

The safety and security of all PVSchools students and staff is our highest priority. All district staff members 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.

Parents are encouraged to review the resources provided on this page.

Lockdown, Off-Site Relocation and Parent-Student Reunification

Video description: Information for parents regarding school lockdowns and parent-student reunification procedures (5-minute video)

SMS Text Messaging for School Emergency and High-Priority Broadcasts

PVSchools offers a SMS (short message service) text messaging alert service for school/district emergency and high-priority broadcast messages.

If you are a parent or guardian and haven’t already signed up to receive high-priority and emergency text messages, just follow the quick steps outlined here to get started:

  • If you are new to the district, please make sure you have your mobile number on file with your school via your student's emergency card. Student emergency cards are sent home at the beginning of each school year. If you have phone numbers (either home or mobile) that change during the year, you are strongly encouraged to 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 (SchoolMessenger) asking you to opt in to the SMS text messaging feature. FCC regulations require an opt-in process. Please note that you can opt out at any time, by simply texting the word NO to 68453.
  • If your mobile number is already on file with the district, you can opt-in at any time by texting the word YES to 68453.
  • If there are multiple mobile numbers you want to have on file to receive emergency text messages, 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 for each of the new numbers, unless you choose to opt in by yourself. 

Please note: SchoolMessenger, the district’s emergency communication system, does not charge any text message fees; however, wireless carriers typically do. Please contact your wireless carrier directly for more information about their text messaging fees. (Visit SchoolMessenger's website.)