October 22, 2018
What are we doing to keep our students safe?
This is the most important question for our school community! Today I want to give you an update in light of all the violence we have seen across the country.
First, we have adopted the ALICE model to protect against active shooters. You can see more information at www.alicetraining.com. We like this model as it provides our staff with tools and strategies designed to protect students and all other people who may be at the school, from human-caused violence. Staff have been training for months. On October 2, 2018 we conducted practice drills at both Chimacum Creek Primary School and on the main campus. This practice was conducted in coordination with three local deputy sheriffs. Second, we have installed video surveillance on both campuses to provide a video recording of events and activities which take place in public spaces. Third, we continue to practice drills designed to respond to a variety of natural disasters such as earthquakes. Fourth, we are teaming up regionally with First Responders and regional experts to help us plan for different scenarios and to gather resources. Fifth, we have posted on our website Safety Reporting, which is an avenue for reporting bullying and safety issues. Anyone can contact the district 24/7 if a safety concern arises. We respond to these reports immediately. Sixth, we employ several excellent counselors who can help families work through issues that may impact learning and mental health. Our highly qualified staff meet student needs every day.
Finally, we can’t do this alone. We have excellent volunteers for fundraising, emergency kits, reviewing our Emergency Operations Plan, and assessing our buildings. The capital levy you passed last August will help with improving more building systems. I regularly report on Emergency Preparedness to the school board.
If you would like more information about the District’s efforts in Emergency Planning, please don’t hesitate to give me a call at (360) 302-5896 or email email@example.com.