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.
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.
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 3 different types of functional drills to include lockdown, evacuation and shelter in place. Schools should also consider drills for other high hazard events such as earthquakes.
For the safety of your children please ensure that your emergency release and contact information is kept up to date in the Skyward database. This 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.
Emergency Procedures Poster for Classrooms
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.
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.
One of the most successful methods of ensuring the safety of our children from external events is to have a secure campus with appropriate access control and visitor identification systems. The District is in the process of installing electronic access control systems at our schools. This system will make the schools more secure throughout the day and will help control and identify external visitors to our campuses.
Each school access control system is being designed in order to accommodate the best movement of students and visitors given the physical design of each campus, as well as the age of the students. Where possible, once school is in session, all visitors will be directed to enter through or near the main office while other access points will be secured and locked. Software will control those additional access points throughout the day to ensure smooth and safe movement of our students between facilities.
What should I know about emergency preparedness and my student?
Emergency preparedness starts at home. Washington State has the potential for several large-scale emergency events. Often, parents work in areas where the risk is different than the ones your students face at their school. Regional emergencies like a tsunami, earthquake, storm, flood and fire can create tremendous loads on telephone and emergency providers and phone systems may not work. Cellular phone calls may be overloaded and unavailable. Text and messaging services use different lines and may be more readily available.Here are some steps you should take and have in place:
- Families should create emergency communication plans. These often work best if someone outside of the area is used as the contact point.
- Families should ensure that emergency contacts are up-to-date in Skyward Family Access so those individuals have authorization to pick up students when parents are unable to get to the school.
The Edmonds School District strives to be prepared for a variety of emergencies through emergency drilling and exercises as well as storing emergency supplies and equipment. Schools have back up battery or generator systems to keep essential power supplies on long enough to communicate about the emergency and to activate its response procedures.
What should I do if there is an emergency at my student’s school?
It is important to remember that our schools have close working relationships with local police, fire and emergency responders and emergency vehicles may be seen at our schools throughout the day for inspections, drills and other interactive relationships. The mere presence of emergency vehicles does not constitute an emergency.
In the event of a real emergency, the District will utilize the emergency communication system within School Messenger. This system can communicate with parents across the District within minutes. Please ensure that your email and phone contact information is up to date in Skyward Family Access so you receive important, time-sensitive announcements.
These text and email announcements will provide as much information as we can about the nature of the emergency, what you should do and how the emergency does or does not impact your student. Please follow the instructions provided in these emergency notifications. Following an emergency, we will provide additional communication and support.
What is a lockdown and what should I do if I am notified my student’s school is in lockdown?
A lockdown is a method of securing the school campus when there is an unidentified intruder, emergency or event in the immediate area where the school campus may be at risk. Most lockdowns occur as a result of police or emergency activity in neighborhoods around the school and are used to ensure that the activity cannot cross into the school campus.
If you are notified that a school is in lockdown please do not go to the school. The doors will be secured and cannot be opened until the area has been declared safe, and visitors may interfere with emergency response and how quickly the campus can be restored to normal operations. Instructions for parents will be provided through the District’s emergency notification system. If your child needs to be picked up from school, this system, public media and news outlets will provide the details and locations for reunification.
What is A.L.I.C.E.?
To help improve District Staff's response we have enhanced our lockdown procedures, specifically in response to the possibility of a violent intruder situation. The Edmonds School District has adopted the ALICE Institute program, whose foundation is the Federal “Run, Hide, Fight” model.
A.L.I.C.E. stands for: Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate. The basis of this new response plan is to provide staff and students more options. The five steps of A.L.I.C.E. are not linear. They can be used by staff and students in any order, as the situation develops. The number one goal of A.L.I.C.E. is to keep students and staff safe and away from harm.
We do not train elementary-aged students to counter. The key emphasis is on listening to their teacher and following instructions in an emergency.
Through this change, we are empowering our staff and students with more safety options by ensuring that they are educated and prepared. Past tragedies have demonstrated that simply having students lockdown and attempt to hide is not always the most appropriate response.
Below is a sample of what we teach students. It does not include all of the content that we teach due to safety reasons and emergency planning protection under state law.
A.L.I.C.E. slides for grades K-4
What if a violent intruder event occurs?
If a violent intruder incident occurs, the school will reach out to you. Individual students will be allowed to use cell phones, smart watches, or school phones to call, text or send family members a private message about their individual status as soon as it is safe to do so. Please do not engage them in lengthy conversations as this may hinder their safety. We will ask them to keep you informed as we also communicate with you through our emergency notification system. During an intruder event, some students may evacuate campus and make arrangements with you to pick them up outside of the campus. Do not pick up students at the school campus unless directed to do so by the school district. Outside visitors to the campus during an intruder event can place everyone at risk. Reunification sites will be announced and students who evacuate individually have been notified to stay off campus until properly notified.
If a reunification site has been established what should I do?
Reunification sites are utilized anytime a school has to be evacuated and it is determined that it is not safe to return to the school. Students will be bussed or transported to the reunification site. Parents should only respond to the reunification site, do not try to pick up your child at the school campus. Depending on the reason for the evacuation, emergency personnel may be seen at the site. For your security and safety, the reunification process is very regulated. Students will only be released to parents and guardians authorized in Skyward Family Access to pick up their child. Please ensure that you have ID during an emergency and have updated your Skyward Family Access information with proper contact information for you and any friend(s) or family member(s) that may be responsible for picking up your student. Do not send relatives or friends to pick up your student unless they are listed as an emergency contact.
Please be patient, the reunification process could take several hours. However, be assured that reuniting your family is of the utmost importance to Edmonds School District staff and we will work as quickly and efficiently as possible.
What does the District do to prepare my child for an emergency?
The Edmonds School District is regulated by state law to conduct a number of emergency drills. Drills occur at least once a month and include various evacuations, earthquake response, security lockdowns, violent intruder response, and shelter in place procedures. Schools also have personnel trained in first aid, AED, search and rescue, counseling and psychology in the event of an actual emergency.