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3432 - Emergencies




Each school in the district will conduct at least one safety-related drill per month, including summer months when school is in session with students. These drills will teach students the following three basic functional drill responses:


Students will receive instruction so that in the case of a hazardous vapor release that doesn’t allow time to evacuate the campus, they will be able to remain inside, and take the steps necessary to eliminate or minimize the health and safety hazard.


Students will receive instruction so that in the event of the breach of security of a school building or campus; staff, students and visitors will be able to take positions in secure enclosures.


Students will receive instruction so that in the event the school or district needs to be evacuated, due to threats such as fires or oil train spills, they will be able to leave the building in the shortest time possible and take the safest route possible to another school or facility.

The above safety-related drills will incorporate the use of the school mapping information system in at least one of the drills.

These safety-related drills may also incorporate an earthquake drill using the state-approved earthquake safety technique “drop, cover, and hold.”

The superintendent is directed to develop emergency evacuation procedures for each building.


The board recognizes the importance of protecting staff, students and facilities in the event of an earthquake. Facilities shall be designed and maintained in a manner that recognizes the potential danger from such an occurrence. Likewise, staff must be prepared to take necessary action to protect students and staff from harm.

The superintendent shall establish procedures should an earthquake occur while school is in session.

Bomb Threats

The superintendent shall establish procedures for action in the event that any threat is received toward the school by telephone, letter, orally or by other means.

Emergency School Closure

When weather conditions or other circumstances make it unsafe to operate schools, the superintendent shall determine whether schools should be started late, closed for the day or transportation provided only on emergency routes. Those decisions will be communicated through community media resources pursuant to a plan developed by the superintendent or designee.


The board recognizes that a pandemic outbreak is a serious threat that could affect students, staff and the community. The superintendent or a designee will serve as a liaison between the school district and local health officials. The district liaison, in consultation with local health officials, will ensure that a pandemic/epidemic plan exists in the district and establish procedures to provide for staff and student safety during such an emergency.

When an emergency within a school or its surrounding area necessitates evacuation and/or total or partial closure of the schools within the district, staff will be responsible for aiding in the safe evacuation of the students within the endangered school or its surrounding area.

The superintendent will establish procedures for the emergency closure of a building or department.


Legal References:

Board Policy 4310   District Relationships with Law Enforcement and other Government Agencies

RCW 28A.320.125  Safe school plans — Requirements — Duties of school districts, schools, and educational service districts — Reports — Drills — Rules

RCW 19.27.110       International fire code — Administration and enforcement by counties, other political subdivisions and municipal corporations

Adopted: July 16, 2002

Revised: November 20, 2018


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