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These precautionary lockdowns are considered Code Yellow Lockdowns. Code Yellow Lockdowns are often brief, and instruction continues in the classroom. Classroom learning will still occur as usual, but students may not be able to change classes or leave campus until after the Code Yellow has been lifted.
 
 
 
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A Code Red Lockdown will be issued if a safety concern occurs directly on campus. Most Code Red Lockdowns are quickly resolved. Notification is sent to families if a Code Red Lockdown is issued, but the message may be sent after the lockdown has been resolved due to the short lockdown period. The School Site Safety Team's first priority is to ensure student and staff safety on campus. 
 
High Schools and Junior High Schools have the ability to notify students of Code Red Lockdowns if parents/guardians add their cell phone number during the data confirmation process via Aeries. This can be especially important during transition periods or incidents when students are arriving or leaving campus.  If you need help adding your student’s cell phone number, please contact your school office.  
 
 
Learn More About our Safety Protocols

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  • STUDENT/COMMUNITY REPORT – Students, parents and community members can submit safety concerns or report hazardous situations via phone, text or online. Dial or text 844-530-2002.
 
  • INCIDENT – Staff can report incidents via our Catapult EMS system. Incidents are immediately sent to the school's Site Safety Team and the CUSD Incident Response Team via text notification.
 
 
  • CODE YELLOW As a precaution, students and staff are asked to remain in their classrooms to keep the hallways empty. Classroom learning continues throughout the hold. The Chico Police Department often issues Code Yellows Lockdowns for events or incidents off campus.
 
  • CODE RED Code Red Lockdowns are initiated when there is a threat or hazard inside the school campus or facility. The Code Red Lockdown demands locking interior doors, moving occupants out of the line of sight of corridor windows, turning off lights to make the room seem unoccupied, and having occupants maintain silence. Teaching does not occur during a Code Red Lockdown. Students who cannot get behind a locked door are trained to hide*. 
 
* Secondary students are trained to self-evacuate or hide. If your secondary student contacts you to inform you that they safely self-evacuated, please get in touch with the report line via text or phone at 844-530-2002.
 
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  • Keeping clear access for emergency vehicles is essential - possibly a matter of life or death - and we depend upon your cooperation to help make this possible.
     
  • Please avoid calling your child's school during a crisis, since very likely the call cannot be answered. We need to keep the school phone lines open for emergency support contacts.
     
    In times of emergency, a variety of local media will be used to provide information. Communication will be sent to parent/guardians via ParentSquare, the emergency message line (530) 891-3123, our website and official District social media channels.
     
    It is important to maintain updated contact information in Aeries so messages can be sent directly to you in the event of an emergency.
 
 
Major Emergency Information

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Chico Unified School District maintains an active District Incident Response Team (DIRT). In a major emergency situation (flooding, fire, intruder, earthquake or another natural disaster) the DIRT Team will be mobilized, and an information resource will be provided on the Chico Unified website. Emergency preparations are in place, and if students need to be removed from campus due to safety concerns, a reunification site will be provided to parents with our district-wide communication system and our website. 
 
 
Ask Questions

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Safety discussions are an essential component of our educational system. We encourage parents with questions to schedule a meeting with their school Principal to discuss any safety concerns or protocols. Success comes from being prepared, and we welcome parent input and communication.