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Emergency Preparedness & Safety

As outlined in the Pleasanton Unified School District’s strategic plan, we want every student and staff member to feel safe, supported and to enjoy positive connections while at school. PUSD is a strong partner in the community's efforts to create and maintain a safe and healthy community for all.

The District has built and maintained strong partnerships with the City of Pleasanton, the Pleasanton Police Department and the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department. Our schools work collaboratively with all emergency responders in the event of a crisis or emergency. There are many components to creating and maintaining safe schools and we appreciate our parent, student and community support.

Each school site has an emergency plan with specified roles and responsibilities for handling various types of emergencies.

Specific safety procedures will be followed, depending on the type of each emergency. Below is information about what procedures we use in each type of emergency. Every situation is unique, so school staff may adjust their response to address student safety first.

The Pleasanton Unified School District has strong partnerships with the City of Pleasanton including the Pleasanton Police and Fire Departments. We work cooperatively with them in the event of an emergency.

Important information for families to know if there is a disaster during school hours

  • In the event of an emergency do not call the school or district office, as our first priority is to assist students and staff to safety, and possibly have evacuated. The District's emergency communication system, ParentSquare, will communicate to parents/guardians and staff.
  • It is important to remember that each emergency presents a unique set of variables, which will be evaluated prior to a decision to use the District's emergency communication system. Those variables include the nature of the emergency, time of emergency, estimated duration of the emergency, direction given by law enforcement and emergency services agencies, and impact on immediate safety of students and staff. The District's highest priority is to first evaluate and respond to the emergency and ensure the immediate safety of students; and then to notify parents/guardians if the individual emergency dictates.
  • The accuracy of the District's Emergency Communication System (ParentSquare) is dependent on making sure all information is up-to-date in the school district's database (ParentVUE). Any adjustments in your contact information can be made by contacting your local school. It is important to keep your contact information up-to-date at all times, even changes in email addresses.
  • The caller ID will be the District's main number (925) 462-5500. Please don't hang up. If you pick up the voicemail at a later date, listen to the entire message. Do not call the school or the District office. If it is an emergency notification, it will include instructions.
A school implements one of the following procedures in response to safety issues or emergency:

Off-Site Reunification

In the rare instance that students are transported or move to an off-site location due to an emergency, families will be notified of where and when to pick up their child/children. PUSD will notify parents of the pick up location by using our emergency communication systems through the contact information parents provided in the annual registration process.

School Site Emergency Container

Each school site has an "Emergency Container" on their campus. Basic supplies for search and rescue, as well as water and first aide supplies are stored in the container in case there is a true emergency. Staff are prepared to stay with students, in the event of an emergency, until they are picked up/released to parents/guardians or adults listed on their child's emergency card. It is extremely important that emergency contact information be updated each school year, or throughout the year, if a change is needed. Please talk with your child in advance about who is on their emergency card and what the plan would be, if there was an emergency.

Communication in an Emergency 

In the event of an emergency, PUSD will communicate information with parents using: 

  • Automated phone calls
  • Email notifications
  • Text messages 
  • Announcements on the district website 
  • Announcements on social media. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook.

Comprehensive School Safety Plans

Each year, all school sites develop and update their comprehensive school safety plan. This plan is discussed, reviewed and approved by the school site council. These plans are detailed and describe the schools response to various events. If you are interested in being part of the school site council or learning more about your school's site plan, please contact your school site administration.

District Safety Committee

PUSD also has a District Safety Committee. The committee meets monthly and includes a variety of stakeholders, including parents and students. If you are interested in being a part of this monthly committee, please contact Amos Nugent. The committee reviews district safety protocols, procedures, supplies and requests from school sites.

Emergency Alerts from Local Agencies

The City of Pleasanton has an emergency text messaging notification system in place to provide information when it is needed most. To register for alerts, visit the Nixle website or simply text your zip code(s) to 888777.