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Palouse School Safety Information Update

PALOUSE SCHOOL SAFETY and LOCKDOWN PROCEDURES

We have procedures in place for the protection of your children while at school.  We have established protocols and practice for fire, earth quake, evacuation and human threat (lockdown). We are currently updating procedures and training by participating in the new state threat assessment program as implemented by the Washington legislature. Please understand that your children, are our children when under school care and we will do all that is humanly possible to keep them safe.

As we have learned from other schools, there are some very important items that we desperately need your full support with so that our efforts to protect children are not diminished.  It may sound like a simple request, but it is vitally important that you let the school protect your children.  We cannot stress enough that you should not contact (call, text, email etc.) the school if you hear there is an issue and we beg you, please do not to come to or anywhere near the school!   

How will this help protect children? (see also attached page)

We need to be concentrating 110% on the safety of children, not answering the phone, text or dealing with people wanting to find out what is going on.

We need phone lines and our time free to implement our established safety protections and communicate with law enforcement.  Extra people, phone calls etc. are a major distraction and take up precious seconds of our time that should be focused on protecting children.

People need to stay away from the school/town so that law enforcement/rescue can get to the school without interference, neither should you be contacting law enforcement as the school needs direct and instant communication.  If emergency rescue is answering your calls, then they are not answering our calls or working with us to protect children in a timely fashion.

Along these same lines we beg you, please do not get on social media (face book, twitter etc.)

and start passing around information.  Any information shared should come directly from the school first hand so that it is accurate and timely.  Information from other sources is 2nd hand at best and through the eyes of someone other those here trying to protect our children.

The school will contact parents and the public when we can, but please be patient as OUR # 1 PRIORITY IS TO PROTECT CHILDREN, not sending out emails!

Thank you for your help in protecting our children should we ever be placed in this situation!

Calvin L. Johnson, Supt.

Palouse School Dist. # 301

Sch 509-878-1921

Cell 406-781-0738

cjohnson@garpal.net


WHAT IS A LOCKDOWN?

An emergency impacting a school campus that prevents the safe evacuation of a school building and requires steps to shelter students and staff from danger. Lockdown procedures may also be used to ensure the safety of students when an incident occurs in the vicinity of a school.

WHAT HAPPENS DURING A LOCKDOWN?

All students remain in classrooms or other secure locations away from potential danger • Teachers and staff account for students and ensure that no one leaves the safe area • School personnel secure building entrances to prevent unauthorized individuals from entering • For the safety of all, no one is allowed to enter or exit the school or move from room to room until the lockdown is lifted.

WHAT IF MY CHILD CONTACTS ME DURING THE LOCKDOWN?

If you receive a call or text from your child during a lockdown, urge your child to remain calm and follow instructions from an adult. Please do not go to the school office to pick up your child as you will not be allowed to enter. Remember, no one is allowed to enter or leave a campus during a lockdown. Use of cellular devices by students is discouraged since heavy usage can overwhelm rural cell towers leaving emergency responders without service.

WHAT IS A LOCKOUT?

Lockouts are used to secure the school or building from a potential threat taking place outside, such as law enforcement activity in the neighborhood. During a lockout, access to the building is restricted, but there may be normal movement allowed within the secured building.

HOW IS A LOCKOUT DIFFERENT FROM A LOCKDOWN?

District personnel, law enforcement, and first responders are permitted to enter or leave the building during a lockout. Other citizens and students are not allowed to enter or leave the secured building. Once law enforcement and district personnel have determined that the threat has passed, the school will resume normal procedures.

HOW LONG DOES A LOCKDOWN OR LOCKOUT USUALLY LAST?

A majority of the lockdowns and lockouts are precautionary in nature and many last less than 10 minutes. Each situation is unique, so there isn’t a pre-established time limit.

HOW WILL I KNOW MY CHILD’S SCHOOL WAS ON A LOCKDOWN OR LOCKOUT?

If your child’s school experienced a lockdown or lockout during the school day, you will receive a message (voice or email) from the district. In certain situations, you may also receive a parent letter informing you of the lockdown.