September 16 - September 20th is Safety Week at Grand Ridge. We have many procedures and drills in place to ensure that staff and students know what to do in case of an emergency. This week we will be discussing and/or practicing all of our drills: Fire Drill, Earthquake Drill, Lockdown Drill, Shelter in Place Drill and Run, Hide and Fight Drill. Please know that all staff are very sensitive to the angst this can cause in some of our students. Teachers do a wonderful job explaining the importance of why we practice these drills and are very calm in their conversations.
We are required to practice one drill a month for the entire school year. It has been great to hear from the middle school how impressed they are when our students arrive - they know exactly what to do in a drill
Please read below for more detailed information about safety throughout the day at Grand Ridge. Thank you for your support.
School safety is a number one priority at Grand Ridge. Please read below so you are informed and aware of our safety protocols.
Before/After School Safety
Our Paraprofessionals and Student Safety Patrols work hard to help us all stay safe as we are arriving each morning and when we leave each afternoon.
Here are some things you can do to help us keep everyone safe:
During School Safety
As a staff, we work to develop a culture of safety and responsibility. All staff will be wearing photo ID badges. Classrooms create class rules based on respect. School wide expectations are in place and enforced by all adults - Teachers, Paras, Volunteers, etc. We operate from the philosophy that every student is "ours" and as a community we work together to ensure everyone feels emotionally and physically safe.
Here are some things you can do to help us during the day:
Unfortunately, we cannot control everything. Sometimes unforeseen emergencies arise. Fortunately, we do take time to prepare for emergencies.
Here are some things you can do in case of an emergency:
Talk to your child before a situation arises. Assure him/her that the school has a plan.
To check out your child from school, the process differs from a "normal" school check out.
Our staff has worked in partnership with our local fire and police departments, as well as consultants from the City of Issaquah on how to develop systems that align with FEMA regulations. We have plans in place that allow us to keep our students safe and to work in conjunction with our first responders.