Safety & Security
Our highly-trained safety and security staff monitor, protect and respond 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, 365 days a year. Our paramount duty is to create a safe learning environment where each child can thrive.
Safety and security staff support and assist in the training of all district staff to be prepared to respond to natural- or human-caused emergencies. We work with communications and school staff to inform families about emergencies as soon as we can with as much information as possible.
One of our district goals is to reduce out-of-school suspensions, but we will always remove a student from school when the safety of other students or staff is at risk. We are committed to creating a safe environment in every school. We put a high priority on building relationships with students. Our safety and security officers are proactive and help keep our district’s promise to know every student by name, strength, and need.
Please call 911 to report an emergency at one of our schools. Then, call our office at 206-631-7600.
To report a concern, suspicious activity, or possible hazard on district property, please call our office at 206-631-7600. We answer the phone 24 hours a day, 365 days per year.
Review our emergency procedures for information on our safety procedures and communication plans.
Here are a few things you can do to keep your child safe and make sure we can contact you in case of an emergency:
Stay Informed and Connected
- Make sure your students’ schools have your current telephone numbers and emergency contact information. Contact your school to update your information.
- Download the Highline App and select your school(s) in order to receive alerts and notifications.
- Monitor media, including the district website, Facebook and Twitter feeds, and radio and TV stations for announcements and school schedule changes.
- You can help keep students safe by NOT calling or coming to school during an emergency. We will notify you as soon as possible with information and instructions. School staff will always give their attention to keeping students safe first.
Safety Tips for Traveling TO and FROM School:
- Map out with your children a safe way for them to walk to school or to the bus stop, if you can't go with them. Avoid busy roads and intersections. Do a trial run with them to point out places they should avoid along the way, such as vacant lots, construction areas, and parks where there aren’t many people.
- Teach children to follow traffic signals and rules when walking or biking. Stress that they should cross the street at crosswalks or intersections with crossing guards when they can.
- Encourage children to walk to school or the bus stop with a sibling or friend, if possible, and to wait at bus stops with other children.
- Please follow the rules of the drop-off zone if you deliver your children to school in your car. Park in a parking lot or parking space if you must leave your car when dropping children off or picking them up. Don't leave your vehicle unattended in a drop-off/pick-up zone during busy, no-parking times when lots of traffic is arriving or departing. Make sure your children exit from the safe side of the car, not on the traffic side.
- Teach children not to talk to strangers, go anywhere with them, or accept gifts from them without your permission. Tell them that if they see a suspicious stranger hanging around or in their school they should tell an adult.
- Help children memorize their phone number and full address, including area code and zip code. Write down other important phone numbers such as your work and cell phone on a card for your children to carry with them.
Safety and security staff receive a number of trainings with local law enforcement and local jurisdictions to enhance our ability to respond quickly and effectively when there is a nature- or human-caused threat to student safety. Our training includes:
- Emergency planning and practice exercises in coordination with King County Department of Emergency Management.
- Building Search and Rescue—helps staff who are first on the scene of an emergency to respond effectively by practicing communication and access techniques in various scenarios.
- De-escalation training (one-on-one and large group)—trains staff to stop a bad situation from getting worse and buys time, allowing more help to arrive. This includes specialized training to de-escalate students with behavioral special needs.
- Law Enforcement Training Simulator—active shooter response training.
- Accident Prevention, CPR, and First Aid Training—for designated staff at each district school and site.
- Simulated Emergency Training—Our district officers train side-by-side with local law enforcement officers in our school buildings after school hours, simulating multiple emergency scenarios to increase inter-agency coordination.
- Washington School Safety Organization (WSSO)—staff stays current with response protocols and has access to problem solving through a school safety and security network.
- Restorative Justice—Our staff puts an emphasis on building relationships with students as a means of preventing unsafe behavior or incidents from occurring. This approach teaches responsibility and self discipline as part of a disciplinary process. It also teaches cultural respect and understanding.
More information about safety and emergency planning is available from the following resources:
Bullying and Harassment
- StopBullying.gov "What You Can Do" for parents, educators, students, and community (U.S. Department of Health and Human Services)
- Kid-Friendly Disaster Preparedness Planning Site (Ready.gov, Department of Homeland Security)