Chandler Unified School District has partnered with Gaggle to provide a simple way for students to easily and confidentially report threats of violence, bullying, peers in crisis and other imminent threats via the "Speak Up for Safety" tip line. Trained Gaggle safety representatives evaluate tips 24/7/365 and send notifications to designated school or district staff members. Students may report bullying, students in crisis, weapons brought to school, planned fights, threats of violence and other urgent situations. Call, text or email. Phone: 480-573-8808 Email: email@example.com
In the spring of 2018, the Chandler Police and Fire Departments developed a joint training exercise to simulate a response to an active shooter incident. During this time, planners determined the need to include school personnel in the planning and practice of this type of response. This need grew into the development and implementation of the School Emergency Response Team, or SERT for short.
SERT is comprised of police and fire personnel along with safety personnel from the Chandler Unified and Kyrene school districts. Developers and trainers possess the knowledge, training, and expertise in school safety, tactical operations, and life-saving measures. SERT training is designed to teach school staff members how to identify potential threats to their school, provide emergency life-saving first aid measures, and protect their students and themselves from attack.
In the beginning of 2019, numerous SERT training sessions were held over the span of several months in order to further our efforts in emergency preparedness.
My name is Tanya Smith and I am excited to be working as the incoming Director of Safety and Security for the Chandler Unified School District. I obtained my Bachelor's Degree in Criminology at the University of New Mexico. Shortly thereafter, I was hired at the Rio Rancho Police Department where I served the community as a law enforcement officer for 20 years until I ultimately retired as Deputy Chief of Operations. In the summer of 2016 our family relocated to Arizona.
School Safety is multi-faceted. It is comprised of places (buildings, buses), people (students, parents, teachers, staff and community members), and practices/policies. School safety requires a proactive, comprehensive and collaborative approach. I believe our most valuable asset are our people, and I look forward to working with my team as we strive to make our district environment safe as a whole while furthering the CUSD mission of providing a safe and secure environment for students, parents and staff.