Public Affairs and Communications

The Public Affairs Department provides expertise in strategic communications, media relations, social media, crisis communication, and content creation. It is our goal to ensure families, staff, community members and the media receive accurate and timely information.

The team helps:

  • Share information about our schools and students through multiple forms of media and in many languages.
  • Build capacity for school and central staff to share information through newsletters, websites, social media, phone messages, and community gatherings.
  • Provide clear and timely crisis communications during inclement weather, natural disasters, or other emergencies.

Media Relations

Media relations: for those professional news organizations needing assistance, contact media relations.

Communications Tools

The district utilizes a tool called SchoolMessenger to contact families with important reminders and urgent information.

Urgent Communications

Seattle Public Schools prioritizes student safety. It is our goal to prevent emergencies from happening, therefore all lethal or potentially lethal statements, whether verbal or written (including electronic) are to be taken seriously and investigated. Because all emergencies, such as natural disasters can’t be prevented, we also want to be prepared to respond effectively.

Latest District News and Announcements

COVID Testing for Students
COVID Testing for Students
Students can take a test at their school or at a regional testing site.
Safe Travel Plans
As we approach mid-winter break, it is a good time to review health safety travel guidance. …
COVID Vaccines for Students
COVID Vaccines for Students
Seattle Public Schools is offering several vaccine clinics for students and staff in January.
Jump Start for New Kindergarten Students
Jump Start is for new SPS kindergartners to feel safe, supported and ready to learn.
Response to SEA
District officials are working with all labor partners to provide in-school learning while keeping our students and staff safe and healthy.   …
Superintendent Message to Community on Martin Luther King Jr. Day
“In honoring Dr. King we choose to look back at history to glean lessons from our past.”…