We are greatly saddened by the tragic school shooting that occurred in Marysville earlier today. Our thoughts and prayers go out to the students, families and staff of Marysville-Pilchuck High School due to this horrible tragedy and senseless loss of life.
We want to assure you that we take the safety of our students and staff very seriously. In fact, it is our #1 priority.
Every school in our district has procedures for responding to a wide range of possible emergencies, and every school conducts drills and exercises on a regular basis to remain prepared.
Such situations can be alarming and upsetting to students who hear about this tragic event. Counselors are available to speak with students about their feelings and concerns. Teachers and school staff are available to provide adequate support and will be carefully watching for signs of students who may be in need of additional support.
Here are a few suggestions for helping to make students feel safe outside of school:
- Turn off or monitor the television and radio. Endless news programs are likely to heighten anxiety, and young children cannot distinguish between images on television and their personal reality.
- Maintain a normal routine.
- Stick to facts.Answer questions factually.
- Remember to filter what you say to a child. Avoid graphic details.
- Remain calm and reassuring.Children take their cues from their parents and adults.
- Be optimistic.
- Be a good listener and observer. Pay attention to changes in behavior.
- Take care of yourself.You are better able to help your children if you are coping well.If you are anxious or upset, your children are more likely to be so as well.
If you have any questions about how our schools stay prepared to respond to possible emergencies, please contact Mr. Willie Painter, Public Information Officer at (253) 298-3087 or email@example.com.