What can I do to be assured that I receive the most up-to-date information from my child’s school?

鶹ý Public Schools uses ParentSquare for emergency and other communications using the contact information (phone number(s) and email address) on file for all parents/guardians in Skyward, our student information system. If your contact information is correct in Skyward, you will receive emergency and other communications from your school. If you are not sure that your contact information is correct, please contact your school.

To set your notification preferences please login to in a browser or in the mobile app, which is available for both and devices.  Visit our ParentSquare webpage for more information.

Please note that if you turn off notifications from ParentSquare or do not set your preferences by activating your account, you may not receive important safety or security communication.

How will I be notified regarding safety at my child’s school?

While it’s difficult to describe all possible scenarios, the following can be used as a guide to gauge the district’s level of notification and systems used to communicate with families.

Impact level Notification response
Low impact
A small disturbance or misbehavior. School or district staff will communicate with families of students involved via ParentSquare, email or phone.
Moderate Impact
Secure School or district staff will communicate with families of students at impacted school via ParentSquare.

Depending on the circumstance, post message on school and district website and social media.

High Impact
Weather-related

Schools closed, delayed or snow bus routes (due to snow, flooding, power outages, etc.)

District staff will communicate with families of students via ParentSquare following our inclement weather protocols.

Post message on school and district website and social media; share via local media.

Lockdown

Shelter in place

Evacuation

Unexpected closure while school is in session.

School or district staff will communicate with families of students at impacted school via ParentSquare alert.

Depending on the impact and length of the scenario, a phone message could be sent to all families and students. Record message to main district line 360-676-6400.

Post message on school and district website and social media.

What is 鶹ý Public Schools currently doing to keep students and staff safe?

Physical Safety

  • Guests must report to main office, sign in, and wear badges; and staff members are instructed to report unfamiliar people to school office.
  • Entrances at several schools have been remodeled for enhanced visibility and control of access into the building.
  • All new buildings are designed with CPTED principles (Crime Prevention Through Environmental Design) and the safety and security supervisor sits on the planning committee for each new building design.
  • Each district site has a state-of-the-art emergency communication system, designed to expedite police response and improve situational awareness. The technology provides a direct line of communication with law enforcement personnel and dispatch and allows for real-time information exchange for better response in the event of an emergency.
  • A districtwide security site assessment was performed by a third-party security consultant to evaluate security and identify improvement priorities.
  • Planning for new safety features is ongoing as part of the 2022 bond. New safety measures include lockdown shades for classrooms; an interoperable radio communication system; PA/intercom improvements for portables and older buildings, electronic access control for select exterior doors; interior door lock systems; and security cameras for interior common spaces and exterior perimeter locations at schools.

School-community partnerships

  • We coordinate with the 鶹ý Police Department, Whatcom County Sheriff's Office and other local law enforcement agencies to provide law enforcement support when needed.
  • The district coordinates with all first responder agencies to ensure our procedures and plans for fire, earthquake, lockdowns and other situations are current and reflect best practices for student safety.
  • We bring in groups like the Red Cross to do preparedness education in our elementary and middle levels.
  • We work in close collaboration with the City of 鶹ý Public Works Department for safe route to school planning and improvements, along with grants for safe walking and biking to school.

Crisis plans and preparedness training

  • District emergency communications plans are updated annually for the start of the school year, as well as emergency communication systems.
  • In-person safety training is delivered at each district site to provide updates for response and prevention best practices.
  • Each school has pre-identified offsite emergency locations, and agreements with disaster agencies like The Red Cross are pre-established for regional disasters.
  • Our schools and district have systems for threat assessment, suicide prevention, incident reporting, and mobile crisis recovery teams.
  • Safety drills (such as earthquake, lockdown, fire) are performed at all schools for regulatory compliance per RCW 28A.320.125.

Proactive school systems

  • Our school provides school-wide behavioral expectations, caring school climate programs, positive interventions and supports, psychological and counseling services, and violence prevention programs such as bully-proofing, social skill development, and conflict mediation.
  • Over the past few years, we have added counselors to all 22 of our schools, and we have an additional grant-funded partnership to offer mental health support to any child in need.
  • We employ campus monitors at our high schools and some middle schools. Campus monitors help with supervision, maintain close connections with students and assist in daily safety efforts during the school day.
  • We employ a security staff and commissioned police officers for large sporting events and school sponsored activities like dances.

Participation by students, staff and parents

  • We encourage students to take responsibility for their part in maintaining safe school environments, including student participation in safety planning. Keep your contact information updated, have a family plan, and an out-of-area phone contact. In a large emergency, remember that texts may work but phone calls may not. We will use ParentSquare for communicating with families and secondary students. Please make sure you do not turn off ParentSquare alerts as you may  miss important safety communications.
  • We engage with students and parents about digital citizenship and best practices on social media. View our technology resources for families.
  • Anyone can use our anonymous reporting system to share concerns via web, email, phone, or text. /safe or 844-310-9560.
How often do schools practice emergency and safety protocols?

Every academic year, each school practices drills connected to the. Each school will perform three lockdown drills, one shelter in place drill (e.g. earthquake), three evacuation drills (e.g. fire), and one intercom and school response system drill.

What can I do at home to teach my child(ren) about emergencies?

Talking to your kids at home is a key factor in preparedness. Making sure that your family has a plan and practicing what to do in emergencies at home will translate into readiness at school. Being able to talk to your kids about the seriousness of emergencies and listening to whoever is in charge also plays a large role while organizing and practicing preparedness during drills at school. You may  for tips on discussing school safety with your child(ren).

Are my children getting age/grade appropriate training?

We work closely with school administration and the police to ensure that the information being provided to students during drills is age appropriate. Please talk to your children about school safety at home so that they are prepared for practicing safety protocols at school.

Where would I find my child in an emergency?

Depending on the nature of the emergency, your child may be released through the normal pick-up procedures at their school, through modified pick-up procedures at their school, or through a family reunification process at an off-site location. Please do not come to the school during an emergency, as this impedes first responders. Information will be shared  through district communication tools such as ParentSquare to share updates and next steps for families.

To set your notification preferences please login to  in a browser or in the mobile app, which is available for both Ի devices.  Visit our ParentSquare webpage for more information.

Keith Schacht
Director of Teaching and Learning

Russ Robinson
Safety and Security Supervisor

Trista Moreno
Administrative Assistant

360-676-2787