FAQ: Safety & Security
How often do schools conduct emergency drills?
Schools are required to complete one drill per month while school is in session per state law. They can conduct more if they wish, but one drill per month throughout the school year is the minimum. (RCW 28A.320.125)
What kind of emergency training is provided to staff?
The Safety and Security Department provides hazard specific training to all Bellevue School District staff. This training includes Incident Command System, earthquake readiness, Active Shooter, Disaster Medical, and Search and Rescue, to name a few.
What can I do at home to teach my child(ren) about emergencies?
Although children get training while at school, talking to your kids at home is a key factor in preparedness. Making sure that your family has a plan and practicing what to do in emergencies at home will translate into readiness at school. Being able to talk to your kids about the seriousness of emergencies and listening to whoever is in charge also plays a large role while organizing and practicing preparedness during drills at school. You may find this website helpful for tips on discussing school safety with your child(ren).
Are my children getting age/grade appropriate training?
The Safety and Security department is working closely with schools and the Social Emotional Learning Department to ensure that the information being provided to students during drills is age appropriate. Please talk to your children about school safety at home so that they are prepared for drills at school.
Where would I find my child in an emergency?
Depending on the nature of the emergency, your child may be released through the normal pickup procedures at their school, through modified pickup procedures at their school, or through a parent/child reunification process at an off-site location. Please do not “self-deploy” to the school during an emergency. Information will be released through the media and through district communication tools such as School Messenger to advise you of any special circumstances for release.
What is the procedure to collect my child during an emergency?
This would depend on the nature of the emergency. If modified pickup procedure or an off-site reunification is needed, it is required to show photo ID to sign out your child. Children will only be released to those who have been listed on the Emergency Release Form, which is filled out at the beginning of the school year.
May I pick up children who are not mine during an emergency?
You will not be allowed to pick up children who are not yours unless previous written consent is on file with the school which identifies you as an emergency contact for the children in question.
What is the difference between a lockdown and a lockout?
Lockout may be initiated when there is some kind of danger in the neighborhood, but not directed at the school. It is usually initiated by police, and is designed to keep the danger outside of the school. Typically it lasts only a few minutes, but in some instances may last longer. During a lockout, no one will be allowed in or out, so meetings at the school may need to be rescheduled. Lockouts are precautionary.
Lockdown is initiated when there is a threat to the campus or school. All threats are taken seriously. In the interest of student safety, lockdown may be initiated while the nature of the threat is evaluated. Do not come to the school during an emergency. Information will be released through the media and through district communication tools such as School Messenger to advise you of any special circumstances for release.
Can I schedule a training/presentation for my PTA/PTSA group?
The Safety and Security Department can help schedule trainings and presentations for PTA/PTSA groups with regards to public safety (Police, Fire, Red Cross, etc.)