Madrona Elementary School
20301 32nd Avenue South SeaTac, WA 98198

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Communicating During a Safety Incident

Communicating During a Safety Incident

The safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority. In light of recent events and an increased social climate of concern for safety, we want to share how we as a district communicate during and after safety incidents.

We recognize these incidents can be unsettling and even traumatic. We hope that by sharing our practices, you will understand better how we communicate with families.

Please see below for how we communicate about lockdowns, police activity and safety threats. 

Not getting communication? Update your information by logging into ParentVUE through an internet browser, or call your school office.  

For more information on safety protocols, visit our Safety and Security webpages

Family Communication Protocols 

Lockdown 

Lockdowns could be modified or full, due to police activity in the area. When there is no impact to release time, families will receive the following: 

  • Family email
  • Family text message

Timing: Send by 4:30 p.m.


An Incident that Results in a Dismissal Impact or Bus Change

This could be due to a lockdown, safety concerns, bus delays, or facility issues. Whenever there is an incident that results in a delay in dismissal, families will receive the following: 

  • Email
  • Text message
  • Robo call
  • Post a pop-up notice on the school and district website. 

Timing: Send ASAP and prior to dismissal


Threat or Safety Concerns

This could include rumors on social media or reports of a weapon on campus. When there is no impact to release time, families will receive the following: 

  • Email
  • Text message

Timing: Send by 4:30 p.m.


Active or Confirmed Threat to Safety 

In the incident of an active shooter or another major incident like a fire, families will receive the following: 

  • Email
  • Text message
  • Robo call
  • Post a pop-up notice on the school and district website. 

Timing: Send ASAP and Ongoing 


Safety FYI - Current or Potential Risk

Safety FYI messages cover a current or potential risk to students. Examples include stalking, lewd behavior or a nearby robbery. Families will receive the following: 

  • Email
  • Text message

Timing: Situation Dependent