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: for those professional news organizations needing assistance, contact media relations.
The district utilizes a tool called SchoolMessenger to contact families with important reminders and urgent information. Learn more about how to manage family communication preferences.
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.