Safety & Rules
- School & District Rules
- School Emergencies
- Bullying Prevention
- Submit a Safety Concern
- Picking up Students After an Emergency
PASADENA AVENUE RULES AND INFORMATION
At Pasadena Avenue Elementary, the safety of our students, staff and community is the top priority. To help ensure the safety of everyone on our campus and create an academically focused environment we would like to highlight the following policies:
Morning Drop Off and Afternoon Pickup
It is important to follow drop-off and pick-up procedures each and every day. Help keep our student safe.
- No u-turns in the intersection
- No stopping in the middle of the street to let students out of the car
- No speeding
- Take your time by arriving early enough so that you are not rushed to drop off or pick-up your student.
Cell Phones on Campus
Current state law allows students to bring cell phones to school, with parental permission, for use during an emergency. District policy permits the use of Cell phones for emergencies only and their presence on school grounds will be allowed as long as students follow these guidelines:
- Cell phones are to be turned off while on school grounds except for extreme emergencies. Extreme emergencies refer to life threatening situations where the school does not have other communication options available.
- Cell phones are to be kept out of sight at all times while on the school campus. This includes before and after school. If a student fails to abide by these rules, he/she will lose the right to have a phone during school hours. If the parent states that a phone is required for after school reasons, the phone will be left in the office during school hours.
- Cell phones are not to be used to call parents, friends, or relatives while on campus or in place of school phones except for extreme emergencies.
- The school is not responsible for cell phones brought to school and will not be liable for damaged, destroyed or lost cell phones.
In addition to new rules of not selling food on campus, or taking students out to lunch, there are also new rules in regards to what foods can be brought into the classrooms from parents. We can only serve foods that are purchased at a store or prepared at an establishment with health standards certification. No more homemade items can be served to kids. Please help us in providing safe, healthy foods for our students. You can also view the District policy in full.
Photo and Video Policy
Photos and video footage of students add significantly to the communication value of district and school publications, television productions, and websites. It is the district's desire to share the achievements and recognition earned by students with the broader community. This effort can be aided by the use of photos or video footage showing students involved in the classroom and school-related activities.
Photos & Video
Unless notified in writing of an objection by a parent, legal guardian, or student of age 18, photographs and video footage of students and/or names may be posted in district-produced materials including printed publications, television productions, and websites.
If parents do not wish photographs or videos of their students to be used in these materials, they should complete a Photo/Video Opt-Out form available at school offices or via the link below. Please be aware that opt-out requests are valid for the current school year and must be renewed at the start of the next school year.
Photo Opt-Out 2022-2023 English
Photo Opt-Out 2022-2023 Spanish
Photo Opt-Out 2022-2023 Russian
Photo Opt-Out 2022-2023 Ukrainian
Photo Opt-Out 2022-2023 Arabic
Photo-Opt Out 2022-2023 Persian
If an opt-out form is filed, district and school staff members will ALSO request news media not interview your student or film/photograph your student. While local news media typically honor such requests, the district does not have legal authority to prevent your student from talking with media or restricting who media outlets film or photograph. You are encouraged to have a discussion with your student about your wishes should members of the news media request to interview them.
If photos or videos of students or staff are going to be created, maintained or displayed by a third party where the district or school will not have direct control of the materials, then a written release form is required. Contact the Community Relations Office at (916) 979-8281 to discuss options.
Photos & Video - Special Education Students and Homeless Students
School and district staff will always seek parent/guardian permission before using a photo that identifies a student receiving special education or homeless services. Permission forms for these situations can also be obtained from school offices or via the link below.
Parent Consent for Special Education 2022-2023 English
Parent Consent for Special Education 2022-2023 Spanish
Parent Consent for Special Education 2022-2023 Russian
Parent Consent for Special Education 2022-2023 Arabic
Parent Consent for Special Education 2022-2023 Persian
Please contact your school office or the Community Relations Office at (916) 979-8281 if you have any questions about this policy.
Our goal is to inform parents that a shelter-in-place or lockdown is underway as soon as it is safe to do so. Staff members will first ensure the safety of your student and others on campus then turn their attention to providing you with timely updates. Please know that we also work to ensure all information shared is accurate which sometimes requires delays while details are verified with law enforcement or other sources. How we’ll share information with you in an emergency:
Mass Notification & Websites
- An automated mass notification alerting you that a shelter-in-place or lockdown is underway will be sent via phone call, email, text message and push notification to the district's mobile app. Because staff are focused on your student’s safety and accurately determining the specifics of the situation, this initial message may simply inform you that a safety situation is underway but may not provide many if any details about the cause. Emergency mass notifications are sent with a high priority for rapid distribution and they’re sent to all phone numbers and email addresses we have on file for a student’s parents or guardians.
- An initial alert followed by updates of information will be posted to the school and district websites. This is the best place to look for official updates as we will update information as it becomes available. Posts are made to the district’s Facebook and Twitter accounts. This helps other members of the community receive information about the incident.
- During an extended shelter-in-place or lockdown you may also receive updates via our mass notification system to share the current status of the school or additional information. This same information is made available on the website.
- After a shelter-in-place or lockdown, you will receive a final update via the mass notification system and a posting to the website sharing a summary of what was involved in the incident, what was done in response, and steps going forward.
The district actively works with news media during emergency situations to help share accurate and helpful information. Please watch for OFFICIAL information from the district or first-responders on news media.
During and after an emergency, school phone lines may become overloaded. Please refrain from calling a school during or right after an emergency if at all possible. If it is urgent that you get a message to the school for the safety of your student during an emergency, please contact the district office at (916) 971-7700.
Last Modified on September 9, 2019
Securing a Campus
During an emergency situation a school campus may be placed in one of two modes: Lockdown or Shelter-in-Place. Often, the determination is made in coordination with law enforcement officials based on the threat level presented to the safety of those on campus. To help protect the safety of students and staff, no one is allowed to enter or leave a school campus when placed in lockdown or shelter-in-place. This includes parents, visitors, and news media. Parents and guardians will be alerted to the situation by school staff using our automated notification system as soon as it is safe to do so. Updates will be made as they are available and information will be posted to the school and district website. Parents and guardians who do attempt to come on campus may be putting themselves and others in danger. Anyone attempting to gain access to a campus will be refused entrance and asked to wait off-campus.
What is a Lockdown? (highest level of alert)
Used in imminent danger, situations such as when there is a potentially dangerous stranger with or without a weapon on campus, violent criminal activity or a dangerous incident on the immediate perimeter of the school, etc. Lockdown orders will be made in plain language so all persons on campus understand the lockdown is not a drill. During a lockdown, students and adults are brought inside classrooms and other designated areas. Doors and windows are closed and locked immediately, curtains or other window coverings, if available, are pulled closed; all lights are turned off. Students, staff and visitors are to stay out of sight of windows and doors and shall remain silent (this includes no talking or cell phone use). They may take cover behind barriers such as bookcases, partitions or desks.
What is Shelter-in-Place? (raised alert level)
Used in potentially violent situations, such as a police helicopter in neighborhood, police activity in the neighborhood; reports of a potentially dangerous situation near the campus; severe weather, etc. Doors and windows are closed and locked immediately, curtains or other window coverings, if available, are pulled closed. Students and staff may not move about on campus, except with an authorized safety escort. Class instruction may continue. Shelter-in-place orders will be made in plain language so all persons on campus understand that the shelter-in-place is not a drill.
Last Modified on July 12, 2019
PICKING UP STUDENTS AFTER AN EMERGENCY
To ensure students remain safe, schools will implement restricted pick-up procedures after an emergency situation. Please keep in mind, that no one except authorized district staff and first responders will be allowed to enter or leave a school campus during a lockdown or shelter-in-place. Also, only those listed on a student's emergency card will be allowed to pick a student up.
Is Picking Up a Student Required?
The vast majority of emergency situations are precautionary in nature. In most cases we will not require students to be picked up before their normal dismissal time. If pick-up is mandatory we will notify families. If there is a safety concern requiring students leave campus immediately we will evacuate students via foot or via bus depending on the situation.
When should parents go to campus?
To ensure the safety of students and staff, parents or family members who go to a campus while it is in lockdown or shelter-in-place will not be allowed on campus. If you do go to the campus before the lockdown is lifted you will be stopped and asked to wait in a specified area off campus. Parents and guardians who do attempt to come on campus may be putting themselves and others in danger. Anyone attempting to gain access to a campus will be refused entrance and asked to wait off-campus.
Families will be notified that the situation has been resolved via our automated notification system as soon as it is safe to do so. Updates will be made as they are available and information will be posted to the school and district website. Once families are allowed on campus, you will be directed to a specific pick-up area.
What Should You Bring to the Pickup Area?
Again, restricted pick-up procedures will be in effect after an emergency situation. To help reduce confusion and avoid delays, families should come to the pickup area with:
- Photo Identification - This requirement applies to all families. If you do not have a photo ID, your student may not be released or it may cause significant delays.
- Your Mobile Phone - Emergency situations sometimes require changes to reunification plans. By having your phone with you, you will receive any updates sent via our automated notification system if you have provided us with your mobile phone number.
- Patience - In most situations, there will be a large number of families who choose to pickup their student after an emergency situation. This may result in an extended wait time as we verify ID's and call students to the reunification area.