Grand Ridge Elementary E-news

September 13, 2019

Safety Week

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.

Safety First

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:

  • Be mindful of your drop-off, or your students' arrival time, in the morning. Adult supervision on campus starts at 8:50. We ask that students not arrive on campus before that time.
  • Use your cell phone when you are parked....not while driving. Did you know that the fine for talking on a cell phone in a school zone doubles?
  • Use your blinkers...the Paraprofessionals and Student Safety Patrols will have a better idea of your intentions.
  • Drivers making a left turn out of the GR driveway must yield to oncoming traffic.
  • The speed limit in a school zone is 20mph, 7am to 4pm.
  • Do not jaywalk. Use the crosswalk. Use the crosswalk flag.
  • Do not block a crosswalk with your car. Don't start to go through if you can't get all the way across.
  • Keep our bus lane (off Park Drive near Grand Central) free for school busses and daycare busses.

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:

  • Sign in at the office no matter how long you plan to stay.
  • Wear your badge/sticker in a place for all to see.
  • Compliment students who are making GRAND choices and following expectations. Remind those who are not.
  • Sign out when you leave.

Unforeseen Emergencies

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.

  • Make a plan with your family for emergencies.
  • Keep your phone numbers and emergency contacts updated at school. Each year during online Enrollment Verification Process (EVP) we ask for this information. If it changes, please let us know.
  • IF an emergency were to occur, please know staff will see to the safety of your child.

To check out your child from school, the process differs from a "normal" school check out.

  • Come to school with your identification.
  • Parents will be directed to the "Reunification Check-In" area.
  • While in line, parents will be asked to fill out a reunification card.
  • During check in, identification is confirmed and a runner will take a copy of the card to the student assembly area (whether that be the classroom or the evacuation area) to recover the student or students.

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.