The safety and security of Mukilteo School District students and staff members is always a huge priority. It’s something that the school district is working on constantly. The school district’s efforts regarding safety and security fall into three broad categories:
Finding ways to ensure that buildings and grounds are as secure as they can be through the use of best-practice prevention and mitigation solutions.
Practicing emergency response to make sure students and staff members know what to do should an event happen.
Offering services to support the social and emotional needs of students and staff.
As the school district does these things, it solicits the advice and involvement of experts from law enforcement and fire departments, as well as other people familiar with the latest and best practices regarding safety and security, to develop solutions that are based on the knowledge that has been learned through past experiences.
Each school has a plan for responding to emergencies and for providing information to parents. Please remember that communicating can become very difficult during an emergency. Telephone service may be unavailable for outgoing or incoming calls to your child’s school. As a result, the school district will provide local radio and television stations with current information because they may offer the only reliable means of communication to parents and the public during an emergency.
Updates also will be made available as much as possible through regular communication processes outlined in the section on School Closure and Delays found on page 8. Those options include:
Information posted on the school district website.
Text and email notices through the parent notification system.
Messages through the Email News service.
The Emergency Information Line at 425-356-1299.
Flash Alert and other text messaging services offered by local TV and radio stations.
School staff members may need to contact you in the event of an emergency. The school needs the emergency contact information (address and daytime phone number) of each parent or guardian, as well as the phone numbers of two alternate emergency contacts. Be sure that your child’s records are kept current. If any contact information changes, please notify your child’s school.
All schools have regular, age-appropriate drills to practice the response to a variety of emergencies, such as what to do in the event of an earthquake or fire, or in conducting a lockdown when there is a potential threat outside of a school. The school district also is implementing response protocols that would be utilized if there is a violent intruder in a school. If appropriate, students are taught to follow the directions of their teacher or an administrator to find an escape route and simply run away from a threat. Or, if escaping from the threat is not an option, students might hide in a place where the intruder won’t find them.
A lockdown is used to protect students if there is a situation outside the school building or classroom that might threaten student safety. During a lockdown, students will be kept in their classrooms until the situation has been resolved. For the safety of all involved, you should not go to the school or attempt to remove your child from school while a building is in a lockdown situation.
Shelter-in-place is an emergency response tool to protect students in the event of potential exposure to a hazardous contaminant in the atmosphere. If an airborne contaminant poses a threat to students during the school day, students and staff will remain indoors and the heating and ventilation system will be shut off, which creates a neutral atmosphere pressure in the building that forms a protective barrier against the contaminant. During a shelter-in-place incident, people will not be allowed in or out of the school building until the all-clear signal is given.
If weather or an emergency situation occurs that requires students to be picked up at a different time of day or at a different location than usual, a process will be established so that parents or guardians can take their child home. We ask that parents or guardians please bring photo identification (such as a driver’s license) to ensure student safety.
Safety is one of the school district’s top priorities. To help safeguard the school community, a tip reporting service allows students, staff, parents, and members of the community to submit safety concerns by telephone, text, email or the Internet. Called SafeSchools Alert, the system can be used to report tips on bullying, harassment, drugs, vandalism, or any other kind of safety issue. Those calling to report an emergency will be advised to call 9-1-1, instead. A person with a concern can submit a tip in any of four ways:
For purposes of promoting and maintaining a safe environment, protection of district property, and deterrence and prevention of criminal activity and conduct violations, the Mukilteo School District utilizes more than 500 video cameras on its school grounds and additional cameras in district-provided school buses. Students, parents, staff, volunteers, and visitors may be videotaped while on school grounds or in district-provided school buses. Further information on the use of video cameras can be found in Board Policy 9321.
Mukilteo School District does not discriminate in any programs or activities on the basis of sex, race, creed, religion, color, national origin, age, veteran or military status, sexual orientation, gender expression or identity, disability, or the use of trained dog guide or service animal and provides equal access to the Boy Scouts and other designated youth groups. The following employees have been designated to handle questions and complaints of alleged discrimination: Civil Rights Coordinator and Title IX Coordinator Bruce Hobert (425-356-1319), firstname.lastname@example.org, Section 504 Coordinator Lisa Pitsch (425-356-1277), email@example.com, and the ADA/Access Coordinator Karen Mooseker (425-356-1330), firstname.lastname@example.org. Address: 9401 Sharon Drive in Everett, WA. Inquiries regarding ADA/Access issues at Sno-Isle TECH Skills Center should be directed to Mike Gallagher, Interim Director (425-348-2220) email@example.com. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.