The safety and security of students and staff is always a priority. It’s always a work in progress. 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 using 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 based on data and experience
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. Sometimes district texting and social media may offer the best means of communication during an emergency.
Updates also will be available as much as possible through regular communication processes including:
Phone, text and email notices
Flash Alert and other notifications offered by local media
School staff may need to contact you in an emergency. The school needs the emergency contact information (address and daytime phone number) of each guardian, as well as phone numbers of two emergency contacts. Be sure your child’s records are 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 has also implemented response protocols that would be used if there is an 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 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 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 occurs that requires students to be picked up at a different time or location than usual, a process will be communicated 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) for pick-up to ensure student safety.
SAFETY TIP LINE
To help safeguard the school community, a tip reporting service allows students, staff, parents, and members of the community to submit safety concerns. 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 district uses 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, located on the district website.
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 Dan Dizon (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 Wes Allen, Director (425-348-2220) email@example.com. Address: 9001 Airport Road in Everett, WA 98204.