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School Safety

Safety Plan Information

For information about safety and security at Seattle Public Schools, visit the district Safety and Security page.

At the beginning of an earthquake, students and staff who are in the buildings should drop, cover and hold. The safest places would be under a desk, table, or against an inner wall for protection from falling plaster, light fixtures or other heavy overhead objects. Students and adults should keep away from windows, file cabinets, and book shelves.

Reverse Evacuation
A Reverse Evacuation is defined as the process for moving students/staff indoors quickly. Some reasons for Reverse Evacuation include gunshots, drive by shooting or school is notified by law enforcement that an armed individual may be in the area.

Shelter-in-Place is the process of keeping students and staff safe from dangers within the community. Schools would Shelter-in-Place in events such as a hazardous material incident, radiation incident, snowstorm, vague threats, or violence in the community that is not directed at the school. ACADEMICS ARE ONGOING.

A Lockdown is the process of protecting students and staff from external and internal dangers. A Lockdown is used when there is an immediate threat of violence in or immediately around the school. In a lockdown, all students, staff and visitors go to the nearest room, lock the door, close the windows and provide maximum concealment by closing blinds, curtains, etc. There is no instruction happening during a lockdown.