In the event of a major incident at your child’s school we may have to initiate the reunification process. If this is the case, you will receive notice of the event from our district “SchoolMessenger” system. More information on SchoolMessenger.
We want to reunite students with parents as soon as possible during an emergency situation. We will work with our police and fire agencies to determine when it is safe to reunite students and parents. These situations often take time and planning to ensure you and your child are reunited safely.
Desert Sands Unified School District reunification plan includes response instructions, emergency information and guidelines to protect the safety and well-being of students and staff during localized emergencies and across a wide array of potential disasters. The DSUSD Parental/Student Reunification Plan is implemented at the time of a disaster or emergency at the direction of the Superintendent or his/her designee. School site emergency plans are activated by school principals under the direction of the Superintendent or designee. In the absence of orders from the Superintendent, each school principal is authorized and directed to implement their reunification plan.
Reunification Double Gate System
DSUSD uses a “double-gate system” for reunification. Student/Parent Reunification Team members will be located in three areas. The first area is a safe and secure area called the “holding area,” where students wait to be released to their parents. The second area will include both the “reporting point” and the “student release point.” Parents will check in at the reporting point and move to the student release point to wait for their child. These will be two distinctly separate areas, but they may be located in close proximity to each other.
Students Who Can Not Be Picked Up
At the end of the day, teachers will call all parents/guardians who have not picked up their children. If the parent cannot be reached, a decision will be made by the principal after consultation with the superintendent as to whether to transport the children to a centralized location within the school district to await parental contact and pick up. Law enforcement may be requested for assistance with parental outreach at this point.