Seattle Public Schools

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Communications

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. Learn more about how to manage family communication preferences.

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

Naviance Offers Career and College Exploration for Students

Families that do not want their student to use Naviance can opt out by changing their preferences in the Source Aug. 26 – Sept. 27, 2024…
drawing of the corner of a three-story brick building with glass windows/doors on bottom floor. a paved area in front has people walking toward the door

Construction of New Alki Elementary to Begin 

Building Permit Received; Project Moves Forward The Seattle Department of Construction and Inspections (SDCI) has issued the building permit for construction of the new Alki Elementary school building. Seattle Public Schools (SPS) received the notification…
Collage of two 2024 Stim Bullit award winners and Dr. Jones. All smiling at camera..

Seattle Public Schools Shout Outs

We’re celebrating students and staff whose accomplishments go beyond the classroom.
Student selects book from a table of books during a reading event.

SPS Students Celebrate Reading

Students at multiple SPS schools finished out the school year with activities to celebrate reading.
Ballard High School Grads throw caps during graduation ceremony.

Congratulations Class of 2024

The Class of 2024 says goodbye to high school.

2024-25 Budget Development

Read Dr. Jones introduction to the 2024-25 Budget Book and view highlights for next school year’s budget.