Our staff at Shea Middle strives to keep our students and community as safe as possible. We’ve implemented various plans and strategies in order to prepare for any emergencies or safety concerns at our campus.
Emergency Response Plan
The safety and security of all students and staff is our highest priority. All district staff members undergo required training in a variety of emergency scenarios.
Our emergency response plans have been developed by school and district teams to ensure that all schools meet and exceed emergency response preparedness guidelines established by the U.S. and Arizona Departments of Education and the Maricopa County Department of Emergency Management.
Shea Middle School uses the behavior programs put forth by PVSchools including PBIS (Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports), Make Your Day, and Not My Kid. In addition, there are several structures in place for bullying including partnering with the Anonymous Tips website.
We are also teaching the students about our Shea values of:
- Self-Control - managing your actions, feelings and emotions
- Take Responsibility - accepting the positive and negative consequences of your actions
- Integrity - knowing and doing the right thing
- Nice - being pleasant and helpful to others
- Grit - sticking to your goals even when it’s difficult
Through lessons, reflections and Shea STING cards (where we catch students showing the values and reward them with a weekly drawing), we reinforce these values to help encourage students to become better citizens at Shea and in the community.
School Resource Officer
We are excited to welcome Officer Tom, our new School Resource Officer. He is on campus Tuesday through Friday, building positive relationships with students and providing law-related education in the classroom. Here is a little more about Officer Tom:
I am Officer Tom, the new school resource officer here at Shea Middle School. I wanted to just tell you a little bit about myself. I have pretty much lived here my whole life. I went to Vista Verde Middle School and Paradise Valley High School. I joined the United States Marine Corps when I was still 17 (my mom had to sign a waiver for me). I was in the Marines for six years stationed in Cherry Point, North Carolina. I deployed all over the United States and once to the country of Jordan, just outside of Iraq, three months after 9/11. I was supposed to go back to the Middle East but suffered a bad motorcycle accident, which broke both my arms, both my hips and gave me a cerebral hemorrhage. I pretty much had to learn to walk again. So DO NOT ride motorcycles; they are dangerous. My helmet saved my life.
After getting out of the Marines, I moved back here to Phoenix, which has always been my home. Since I had to rehabilitate from my injuries, I became a 911 operator for the city first. When I was physically able, I applied and have been a police officer ever since. I have done this job for a little over 12.5 years and I have enjoyed it the entire time. I have worked for four of the city’s precincts, including Squaw Peak, Maryvale, Cactus Park and Desert Horizon. I look forward to sharing this new adventure of school resource officer with all of you. Let’s have a great year together!
The safety and security of all PVSchools students and staff is our highest priority. All district staff receive training in a variety of emergency scenarios.
In accordance with Arizona Revised Statutes (ARS), 15-341 (A) (31), PVSchools' emergency response plans have been developed by school and district teams to ensure that all schools meet emergency response preparedness guidelines established by the Arizona Department of Education, and the Arizona Division of Emergency Management.
PVSchools uses mass messaging to contact families with information about school related items as well as emergency situations. This messaging includes email, phone calls, and SMS text messaging.
If you are a parent or guardian, sign up to receive high-priority and emergency messages to include text messages.
- Make sure your mobile number is on file with your school via your student's emergency card. Student emergency cards are typically filled out online; however, upon request, the cards can be sent home at the beginning of each school year. If you have phone numbers (either home or mobile) that change during the year, reach out to your school and provide updated phone number information.
- Once your mobile number is entered into the student information system or anytime your mobile number is updated in the student information system, you will receive an automated text message from our emergency broadcast system asking you to opt-in to the text messaging feature. Please note that you can opt-out at any time, by simply texting the word STOP to 67587.
- If your mobile number is already on file with the district, you can opt-in at any time by texting the word YES to 67587.
- Please note, you must opt in each mobile number for your household in order to receive emergency broadcast alerts from your school or the district.
Due to FCC regulations, any time you change or add a mobile number, you will automatically get a new opt-in message from the district.
Please note: The district’s mass messaging system, does not charge any text message fees; however, wireless carriers typically do. Please contact your wireless carrier for more information about text messaging fees.
- American Red Cross: Disaster Preparedness
- Arizona Internet Crimes Against Children Task Force
- National Association of School Psychologists: Promoting Compassion and Acceptance in Crisis
- National Association of School Psychologists: Coping with Crisis – Tips for Parents and Educators
- Department of Homeland Security: Active Shooter Information
- FEMA: Prepare, Plan and Stay Informed for Emergencies