Responding to emergency situations
Responding to emergency situations
Our hearts go out today to the families and educators at Marysville Pilchuck High School in Marysville, Washington. 

Please know that student safety is a top priority in the Puyallup School District. This is especially important to remember when visiting school buildings. Checking in at the office to sign in and obtain a visitor’s badge may be inconvenient, but it is a protocol which helps protect students and staff.

Our schools are well rehearsed through routine practice of emergency protocol.  Teams of adults at each site have developed plans for and hold drills on a variety of crises. As part of these emergency plans, trained staff members are ready to respond to emergencies in the schools. Depending on the type of emergency, decisions affecting schools will be made by district officials in collaboration with the Pierce County Sheriff and Puyallup Police Department. We are confident that our staff and students are prepared for an emergency situation.

With all of the media coverage of this morning’s incident in Marysville, it is likely that your child will learn of the school shooting and have emotion related to the news. With this in mind, we urge you to monitor your child’s behavior closely for the next several days. There is no one way people process grief. Sometimes there is anger, especially in older students, while for others there is a lot of sadness and even a lot of confusion.

Parents are encouraged to take time to provide children with an opportunity to talk about their feelings. Let them know that it is okay to feel angry, confused, or afraid; and that it is okay to cry. As they work through their feelings, it may be enough just to have you close by for the next few days.

In future local emergency situations, we encourage you to check our district website, our Facebook page, and our Twitter posts for updates. 

In addition, make sure that your family’s emergency contact information is current at your child’s school office.

Together with the help of our parents, community members, and local law enforcement, we will continue to make our schools a safe and effective learning environment.