Safety

Automated External Defibrillators (AEDs)

Each Edmonds School District site is equiped with an Automated External Defibrillator (AED). Sudden cardiac arrest (SCA) is one of the leading causes of death among adults in North America. When SCA occurs, most victims have an abnormal heart rhythm called ventricular fibrillation (VF). Unless a shock is delivered to the heart to restore its regular rhythm, brain death can occur within minutes. An AED is a small, portable computerized device that diagnoses and treats VF. Survival rates are highest when immediate CPR is provided and defibrillation occurs within three to five minutes. Many staff are trained to use these devices throughout the District.

Crossing Guards

The Edmonds School District Safety Department in coordination with the Transportation Department and school sites determines the locations of the crossing guards throughout the district for the elementary school sites. The decision to place an adult crossing guard is based on a variety of factors that include: volume and speed of traffic, number of students who use the walk route, and agreements with the local jurisdictions. Paraeducators from your child’s school are assigned the responsibility of providing these crossing guard duties, and the locations for crossing guards are identified on each school's map of suggested routes to school.

Emergency Preparedness

The Edmonds School District has developed plans and procedures to prepare for and respond to many different types of emergencies that we may face as a community and within our schools. Our principals are trained in Incident Command Systems (ICS) in order to ensure that the schools and emergency responders can quickly and effectively address any emergency, whether man-made or natural, to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Each school site has a variety of supplies, some district provided, some building provided, in order to ensure that our students and staff can be prepared for three days in the event we must continue to care for your children for an extended period of time. Our emergency responders in the community have toured our schools and occasionally participate in drills at your child’s school site. 

Washington State law RCW 28A.320.125 requires that schools practice 6 fire drills, 1 lockdown drill, 1 shelter-in-place drill, and 1 drill using the Critical Incident Planning and Mapping System. Schools should also consider drills for other high hazard events such as earthquakes.

For the safety of your children please fill out and return the P-139 Student Emergency Release Authorization Form to your child’s school. This form allows us to ensure that in the event of an emergency your child(ren) are only released to those people you authorize to take your child(ren). All persons picking up children during an emergency will be asked to show photo identification.

 Indoor Air Quality

Clean classrooms not only look nice, but they provide a healthy learning environment. Cleaning is performed to remove many allergens, irritants, and toxins. School district staff can control dust and assist with cleaning by:

  • Using walk-off mats or wiping feet at doorways (mats should provide “four good steps”).
  • Damp mopping tiled or hard surface floors.
  • Keeping rooms clutter free.
  • Wet wiping horizontal surfaces such as desk and countertops.
  • Storing materials in easy-to-clean plastic containers (cardboard contributes to the problem).
  • Not keeping animals in the classrooms. They should be temporary visitors and then only as part of the curriculum.
  • Removing plush and fleecy furniture which can harbor allergens and dust mites.
  • Not placing rugs over carpet. Rubber backed rugs over carpet contributes to mold growth by trapping moisture in the carpet. Rugs that breathe may be used, but they must be removed to allow for carpet cleaning.
  • Removing items from the classroom that have not been used in a year.
  • Have students clean out desks on a routine basis.
  • Have students place the chairs on their desks at the end of the day.
  • Plants should be in glazed ceramic or plastic containers to limit mold growth.
  • Mobiles and wall displays should be rotated on a routine basis as these too will collect dust.
  • Only use district-provided cleaners and art supplies in the classrooms. Products like bug spray and spray paint contain toxic materials and can contribute to an unhealthy environment.

These simple practices can improve the air quality in the classroom and contribute to students’ health and success by reducing illness and improving attentiveness.

Playground Safety

The Edmonds School District operates and maintains the playgrounds at all of the elementary school sites. Annual inspections are conducted by the District Safety Specialist, Certified Playground Safety Inspector (CPSI) through the National Parks and Recreation (NPR) certification program. Repairs to the playgrounds are made by district staff and/or equipment manufacturer also certified for inspections and repairs through the NPR. To report damaged equipment or other hazards in the playground, please call 425-431-7032.

Upgrades and replacement of playground equipment can be done through the Capital Partnership Program. This program is a funds-matching program between the District and the School.

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