Student Safety and School Safety Plans

  • Each school is required to prepare a Safe School Plan and submit the plan for approval by March 1st of each school year.  The plan must be developed in cooperation with school staff (certificated and classified), parents, students, community members, and law enforcement.

    School Safety Plans use a color coded system to identify the level of threat and appropriate response by school staff.
    Dependent upon the circumstances, one of four codes will be called in the event of an emergency at a school site:


    Code Blue (Lockdown) -  If an emergency situation occurring in the vicinity of a school threatens student safety, the school may be placed under "lockdown."
     
    During a lockdown, a school will take several security measures:

    • All school doors and windows are locked
    • All students and staff remain in their classrooms or offices.
    • No one is permitted to leave and no one, including parents, is allowed on campus.

    Although such measures may seem extreme, they have proven effective in ensuring student safety. In fact, in an emergency, school is one of the safest places your child can be. Whenever a threat arises, schools are the focus of heightened attention from School Police and local authorities.

    Should a lockdown occur, parents are asked to remain calm while school and local authorities manage the situation. Parents should not come to the campus until notified by the school to do so. Parents cannot pick up their child during a lockdown nor come on campus. If it appears the lockdown will last for an extended period of time, or go beyond dismissal time, school staff will notify parents by phone or email. Students will not be allowed to leave until recommended by the appropriate authorities.

    Parents may be required to pick children up from school or another designated safe area, once it is determined that it is safe to do so. To further ensure student safety, parents may be required to present identification. The reunification location will be given to parents over the phone if possible, and will be publicized to the media. School officials will also work with the district's transportation department regarding bus transport.

    Code Yellow (School/Facility Alert) - If a situation is occurring in the vicinity of a school that may be at risk of threatening student safety, if the situation escalates, the school may be placed under a Code Yellow - Facility Alert.

    During a Facility Alert, a school will take several security measures:

    • As a precaution, all school doors and windows are locked until the Facility Alert is ended.
    • All students will remain in their classrooms, library or the office.
    • Instruction will continue.
    • No one is permitted to leave the classroom.


    Code Green (Evacuation) - Students will remain in the classroom until it is safe to leave the building.  Staff and students will follow guidelines for classroom evacuation.

    Parents may be required to pick children up from school or another designated safe area, once it is determined that it is safe to do so. To further ensure student safety, parents may be required to present identification. The reunification location will be given to parents over the phone if possible, and will be publicized to the media. School officials will also work with the district's transportation department regarding bus transport.

    Code Black (Energy Blackout) - If safe, classroom instruction will continue with accommodations for weather conditions.

  • The following Safe School Plans were approved by the Selma Unified School Board of Trustees on February 23, 2016.  Each plan was created by each sites School Site Council and involved school site administration, site certificated staff, site classified staff, parents and when possible students.  Plans were also reviewed by the Selma Police Department.