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    District Response to Encampments of Individuals Experiencing Homelessness
    Posted on 04/13/2021

    Seattle Public Schools is committed to maintaining the well-being and safety of our students, families, and staff. We acknowledge community concerns about encampments of individuals experiencing homelessness near Meany Middle School and Broadview-Thomson K-8. We also acknowledge community requests to support compassionate solutions.

    School Board leadership and staff have taken immediate steps to support our school communities and students as many of them return to in-person learning on April 19.

    These steps include working with the City of Seattle to ensure compassionate rehousing of people living on adjacent city property, improving signage to prohibit camping on district property, and creating buffers on school grounds. Most importantly, we are working with school principals, the schools' Parent Teacher Associations, outreach organizations, and the city to address this issue with the sensitivity that defines Seattle.

    Homelessness has been a crisis in our city for years, and it has only been exacerbated by COVID-19. We support the city's efforts to find long-term solutions for community members who are experiencing homelessness. We take this issue seriously and are actively working with the city to compassionately address encampments of unhoused people near our schools, while keeping the safety of our students and staff at the forefront.