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West Valley school districts unite with police and fire departments for school safety


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  • Kenya Vasquez   |   Avondale Elementary School District

Avondale Firefighter

Three West Valley school districts have joined forces to ensure staff, students and families are well-educated on safety during the school year. 

Agua Fria Union High School District, Avondale Elementary School District and Litchfield Elementary School District have started a West Valley Safety Coalition which will help educate staff, students and community members on protocols, practices, drills and information to stay safe during a crisis situation.

The three districts invited their cities’ fire and police departments, superintendents, administrators, educators, safety training professionals and other neighboring school districts.

The first of its kind in the West Valley, superintendents of the three districts are collaborating with first responders and local and national resources to enhance protocols and raise awareness about safety measures in our communities.

“The goal of this initiative is to come together as a tri-district community to ensure our students, staff and families feel the most prepared and informed. I want our community to join forces with us – we need their support. The leaders have come together and we need families to join with us. We are all in this together,” says Agua Fria District’s superintendent, Mark Yslas.

The mission is to ensure the entire community around a school is informed on procedures and can collaborate with stakeholders to be prepared for unprecedented events. 

The committees intend to meet and communicate on an ongoing basis with staff and families, along with educating students throughout the year.

The leaders of all these entities held a podcast to share with their communities all about the coalition and bring awareness around the topic. To learn more about this new coalition, you can hear the latest AESD Scoop podcast episode here.