School Safety

The mission of Puyallup School District’s Emergency Planning is to develop and maintain a comprehensive plan to protect students and staff and to prepare for, respond to, and recover from all types of emergencies that might occur in the District.

A corollary purpose is to teach students for life:  not only how to respond appropriately to a specific emergency while at school, but also how to respond when at home.

The District has had requirements in place for written site-based emergency plans for over fifteen years. An emergency planning guide has been written to provide school principals and administrators with guidelines for revising and maintaining emergency plans for their site.  Local, state and federal guidelines as well as developing best practices provide our on-going guidance for the revision of plans that are already in place at each site.

Each site has its own characteristics, building layout, neighborhood, hazards, fire district, etc. This guideline is intended as an outline for preparing for, responding to and recovering from an event.

It is the District’s goal to work in concert with the emergency responders in our county.  Systems to manage an emergency event may include Rapid Responder (RR), School Threat System (STS), and/or emerging technology that supports real time communication with emergency responders.  

RCW 28A.320.125 states:
(1) The legislature considers it to be a matter of public safety for public schools and staff to have current safe school plans and procedures in place, fully consistent with federal law.

(2) Schools and school districts shall consider the guidance provided by the superintendent of public instruction, including the comprehensive school safety checklist and the model comprehensive safe school plans that include prevention, intervention, all hazard/crisis response, and post-crisis recovery, when developing their own individual comprehensive safe school plans.

(6) Schools shall conduct no less than one safety-related drill each month that school is in session. Schools shall complete no less than one drill using the school mapping information system, three drills for lockdowns, one drill for shelter-in-place, three drills for fire evacuation in accordance with the state fire code, and one other safety-related drill to be determined by the school. Schools should consider drills for earthquakes, tsunamis, or other high-risk local events.

This means 10 or more drills are to be practiced each and every school year, one per month, September through June.

              Fire – three (3) per year

              Lockdown – three (3) per year

              Earthquake – one (1) per year

              Shelter-in-Place – one (1) per year

              Mapping – one (1) per year

              Lahar – for valley schools, one (1) per year

              for North Hill and South Hill schools, one (1) drill of choice