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Safety and Security

Safety and Security at Seattle Public Schools

Seattle Public Schools will be physically and emotionally, safe and secure for all students, staff and visitors.

Seattle Public Schools has a no tolerance policy against firearms and dangerous weapons and Superintendent Procedure regarding weapons on its campuses and at District-sponsored activities.

The mission of the Safety and Security Department is to assist the District in maximizing academic achievement for all students through the maintenance of a safe and secure environment.

I. Prevention/Mitigation

Safety and Security Standards

The Safety and Security Department monitors trends related to school safety and security and coordinates the district response with community emergency responders. The department researches and recommends best practices related to school safety and security, develops necessary prevention programs, and assists schools and administrators in evaluating school safety data.

II. Preparedness


The Safety and Security Department provides information and training in security and safety issues. Training topics include first aid, verbal de-escalation and conflict management, critical incident management, child abuse and other safety courses. Additionally, written safety materials for staff, student and parents are also available.

III. Response

Alarm Office

The Safety and Security Department monitors and responds to schools 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. The alarm office monitors district alarms and systems, monitors and responds to suspicious activities and coordinates with community emergency responders during off hours.

School Security Specialists

Secondary schools are assigned school security specialist(s) that respond to critical incidents in schools, de-escalate and intervene in volatile situations, and investigate and file security incident reports.

Division Lead Specialists

Division Lead Specialists respond to requests for assistance. Depending on the situation, one or more units may be immediately dispatched. In case your school has no security due to illness or other reasons, Division Lead Specialists can assist during lunch periods and dismissal time, if available.

IV. Recovery

Critical Incident Debriefing

After critical incidents, the Safety and Security Department provides schools with resources to support the emotional needs of staff, students and parents/guardians.

Operational Critiques

Each critical incident is an opportunity to review performance and standards. The Safety and Security Department assists schools and administrators with reviewing performance and updating skills.