Scotts Valley Unified School District

Emergency and School Safety

Scotts Valley Unified School District (SVUSD) prioritizes the safety and well-being of all students, staff, and school site community members. This includes investments in and commitments to campus security, safety-related technology, emergency supplies, and mental health resources.  

Stay Connected

  • In the event of an emergency, SVUSD has protocols to help communicate with parents and keep them updated  

    • Check your email, voicemail, and text

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  • Please keep your personal contact information and emergency contacts at the school sites up to date

How SVUSD Stays Prepared

The best time to prepare for an emergency is before it takes place.  SVUSD does that in multiple ways, including safety drills, partnerships, and training with Santa Cruz County Office of Education, Scotts Valley Fire, Sheriff, and Police Departments, and constantly updating health and crisis response protocols. Each school site has a comprehensive school safety plan updated annually and approved by our school board.  

Safety Drills

According to the California Education Code, each school site holds safety drills for emergency situations such as earthquakes, fire, or imminent danger on campus.  Drills are practiced throughout the school year and debriefed with staff and students to address any areas of improvement.  October is safety month and a time when we practice our incident commander system protocols district-wide and in partnership with local emergency services.  Drills are not always announced in advance so that the unexpectedness of a drill mimics real-life emergencies. 

Partnership with Emergency Services

SVUSD is grateful for the partnership with emergency service first responder teams and the Santa Cruz County Office of Education.  With these partnerships, we can annually train staff on how to respond to emergencies using the Incident Command System (ICS), which is a standardized approach to the command, control, and coordination of a crisis. 

Health and Well-being

Whether maintaining updated COVID protocols or ensuring mental health services, SVUSD prioritizes the health and well-being of staff and students.  Each school site has counselors, a school psychologist, and access to a school nurse and health aides.  Students TK-12th grade learn about well-being through social-emotional learning (SEL) both in the classroom and campus-wide.  Both the middle and high schools have peer-driven Hope Squads.    

Emergency Resources

How to Prepare for an Earthquake

How to prepare for an earthquake

Home Fire Safety

Home Fire Safety

California Department of Public Health

california department of public health

SEL with Families and Caregivers

SEL families and caregivers

Scotts Valley Police Department

Tip Line (Call/Text): (831)-212-5139

Scotts Valley Fire Department ERBA

(831) 438-0211

Scotts Valley Fire Department

(831) 438-0211

Handicapped Crises

Hotline: 1-800-426-4263

Poison Control

Hotline: 1-800-222-1222

Missing Children

Hotline: 1-800-222-3463

Youth Crisis

Hotline: 1-800-843-5200

Suicide and Crisis Lifeline


Animal Control