In the absence of a clear, specific local threat to safety, schools will remain open and students will be engaged in learning. Remember that your public schools are the safest places for our children to be during the day.
The decision to close a school is the responsibility of local school boards and school administrators. The exception is a formal "state of emergency" declared by the Governor that includes a school directive.
Our families and public should know
All schools practice fire/evacuation, earthquake, shelter-in-place, and lock-down drills on a regular basis.
District administrators work and communicate with emergency management officials and local fire and police agencies in emergency preparedness/crisis response plans.
School maintenance and custodial staff members are trained in each building on the location of HVAC (heating, ventilation, and cooling systems) and building controls systems.
All principals have communication systems that include group communication phones. Secondary schools also have walkie-talkie radio systems. The District is connected to the NOAA emergency communication system.
Additional important links for Homeland Security and Comprehensive Safe School Planning may be found on the OSPI website at www.k12.wa.us