Campus Visitors and Security
Visitors to campus must check in with the front office and receive a visitor badge upon arrival. Upon leaving campus all visitors must check out through the front office.
Security of students is a priority at Pinnacle High School. At various points around campus security personnel are available to assist students with any issues that arise while on campus. Campus gates for student entry/exit are locked from 7:30am-2:10pm. Any late students must enter through the Attendance office.
To ensure school safety, we must be able to easily identify all individuals on our campus. All district high school students are required to wear their school identification badge on a lanyard, and be visible at all times while on campus. The identification badge must be displayed on the outermost garment between the neckline and waistline, and visible at all times. Students must carry their identification badges in their possession while attending extracurricular activities or other school events outside of the school day. Student identification badges and a breakaway style lanyard are provided to students at walk-thru. Disciplinary action will be issued to students who do not properly display their school identification badge. Badges are non-transferrable, and using another student's badge or "sharing" a badge is a serious security violation.
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.
Pinnacle High School is committed to providing all students and staff with a safe school environment in which all members of the school community are treated with respect. Accordingly, students have the right to be free from any form of harassment or bullying.
Bullying involves repeated acts, over time that involves a real or perceived imbalance of power. Bullying can be physical in form (e.g., pushing, hitting, kicking, spitting, stealing); verbal (e.g., making threats, taunting, teasing, name-calling); or psychological (e.g., social exclusion, spreading rumors, manipulation social relationships). Bullying is an unacceptable behavior and is subject to disciplinary action. Students should talk to a trusted adult if they are being bullied or are witnesses of another student being bullied. Students and parents are encouraged to confidentially report instances of bullying or harassment to the grade level administrator.
Hazing is any intentional, knowing, or reckless act committed by a student(s), against another student(s), which contributes to or causes a substantial risk of potential physical injury, mental harm or degradation in connection with an initiation, affiliation or maintenance of membership in any organization. Sports and clubs do not promote or condone hazing or bullying activities for initiation or any other purpose. Participating in this behavior will result in disciplinary action and possible removal from the sport or club.
When You Need Help
All students are encouraged to talk to their teachers, especially if there is a concern specific to a particular teacher’s class. All students have an assigned guidance counselor with whom they can schedule an appointment. Any student who is experiencing a problem, and has not been able to get help from another person, can see the grade level administrator.
Administrators can aide students in resolving conflicts by arranging peer mediation. Peer mediators help students talk through problems and arrive at solutions. Participation is voluntary and is considered preventative.
Reporting a Concern
To report a concern, please see any staff member on campus. You may also go to Pinnacle’s website and download a concern form, which can be found under the, “Student Resources” tab. Once you have completed the form turn it in to a teacher, counselor, administrative assistant or administrator. You can also report concerns through Anonymoustips.com.
- 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