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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Highline Public Schools
15675 Ambaum Blvd. SW Burien, WA 98166

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Supporting Your Child After a Tragedy

Supporting Your Child After a Tragedy

In the wake of the tragic fatal school shooting in Texas, students may be experiencing trauma and fear about their safety at school.

The safety of our students and staff is our number one priority. We take measures to keep our schools safe, including:

  • Our schools practice lockdown drills on a regular basis
  • We take all threats seriously, investigate and take appropriate precautions.
  • Our new external door locking system can be immediately activated from our Safety & Security office.

For a full list of safety measures, please see our Safety & Security web page under Training and Prevention. For specific safety measures practiced by your school, please contact your principal. 

We have provided resources for our staff to support students following the incident in Texas. If your student needs extra support, please contact your principal or school counselor.  

Here are some ways you can support your child at home:

  • Try to keep routines as normal as possible.  Kids gain security from the predictability of the routine, including sending them to school.
  • Limit exposure to television and the news
  • Be honest with kids and share with them as much information as they are developmentally able to handle
  • Listen to kids’ fears and concerns
  • Reassure kids that the world is a good place to be, but there are people who do bad things
  • Parents and adults need to first acknowledge and assess their own response to crisis and stress

Here are some additional resources that may be helpful:  

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