DVUSD performs safety upgrades at multiple campuses in time for new school year
NORTH VALLEY – Multiple Deer Valley Unified School District schools received safety upgrades this summer.
Using funding from the 2013 bond election, DVUSD is implementing a multi-year phased safety plan that includes strengthening safety features in school buildings, increasing communication capacity, and providing improved methods of campus visibility.
With school beginning this week, parents and visitors to campuses will immediately notice one of the newest security upgrades. Safety “Buzz” doors have been installed in 30 DVUSD schools during the summer months. These doors allow office staff to better secure access to the school campus. As in the past, office staff will greet parents and visitors and ask them to sign in at the front desk. Once the visitor is checked in and receives a visitor badge, office staff will unlock the security “buzz” door and allow visitors into the school. Additionally, some school offices have be redesigned to better control visitor entry points and access to school campus. Future safety improvements include upgrades to school communication systems and installing security cameras to increase visibility to the campus.
DVUSD is also working to further partner with local law enforcement to ensure student safety. All DUVSD schools are joining efforts with the Phoenix Police Homeland Security Unit to complete extensive campus infrastructure reports and conduct safety walks. The data collected from the safety walks will assist the district in assessing and prioritizing security needs.