Student Drop-off and Dismissal Procedures

Desert Trails Campus Visits

If you would like to visit the staff or students of Desert Trails or take a tour, please make sure you always come in through the front office.  When you walk in, you will be asked to sign in and put a visitor sticker on. A picture I.D. may be required. If you are visiting a classroom, you will also have to be let into the hallways.  Our district has been very diligent on making every school as safe as possible. 

To maximize your time on our campus, we suggest making prior arrangements with the classroom teacher. This will aid in your being able to accomplish the purpose of your visit. Visitors include anyone who is not a Desert Trails staff member, (i.e. parents, grandparents, legal guardians, relatives, friends, vendors, other district staff, etc.). This is for the protection of your children and is required by state law. 

While visiting our school please follow our dress code and turn off all cellphones. An adult must accompany young children visiting our campus during their visit to ensure their safety.

In order to provide an uninterrupted learning experience we ask that all forgotten items from home be left at the office.

Safety: Emergency Preparedness

The safety and security of Desert Trails’ students is our highest priority. Our school and the school district regularly plan and practice to ensure we are prepared for emergencies.

What Happens During an Emergency

During an emergency, school administrators will secure the campus in what is called a lockdown. Classroom doors are locked, gates to the campus are closed and locked, and no one is permitted to enter or exit the campus until school administrators give the all-clear signal. If there is immediate danger, teachers will stop lessons, close window blinds, turn off lights and direct students to the most secure area of the classroom or building. School personnel work closely with public safety officials during emergencies.

Students May Be Kept On Campus

In the event of a chemical spill or other immediate danger to health and safety, public safety officials may direct the school to keep students on campus, even after school hours, until the all-clear signal is given.

If such an emergency occurs, students will be released only to an adult who has been identified as a parent, guardian or emergency contact on your student’s Emergency Card. It is important that you complete this card at the beginning of every school year and update it as needed.

The school district is prepared to provide food, water and the medications listed on your child’s School Year Medication Record to your child if we are directed to hold students on campus.

Students May Be Relocated Off Campus

An emergency situation may require students to be relocated to a location different from their home school. The five district high schools serve as relocation sites for all schools. Updated information by telephone dialer, email and text messaging will apprise parents of the relocation site.

What to Do If Your Child Is Kept on Campus During an Emergency

  1. To keep phone lines free for emergency use, do not call the school. Information will be provided on the website, by telephone dialers, email or possibly text message, and through the news media. This will include information on when and where to pick up your student.

  2. If you speak with your student on a cell phone remind them of the importance of following the directions of their teachers and public safety officials.

We strongly encourage you to check and update your student’s Emergency Card and School Year Medication Record with a list of authorized contacts, health conditions and medications needed.

Please contact us if you have any questions or concerns about our emergency plans or procedures.

Visit the PVUSD Emergency Response Planning Website