Blue Ridge Safe School Commitment
Walla Walla Public Schools meets the requirements of SAFE SCHOOLS RCW 28A.320.125. Each school has a comprehensive safe schools plan. Each building principal is certified on the use of the Washington "incident command system." Each school provides for permitting the facility to be used as "a community asset" in the event of a communitywide emergency that is not related to school operations.
The school district annually reviews the safe school plan, and a number of other related matters; including inventory, hazardous materials, updating school mapping, identifying all staff trained on the nation's incident management system or incident command systems, evacuation procedures, and notification of staff on emergency procedures. The district files annual reports on these reviews with the Washington Association of Sheriffs and Police Chiefs.
Each school completes monthly safety drills, including a drill for lockdowns, shelter-in-place, and six fire drills. Schools also consider drills for earthquakes, tsunamis, or other high risk events. All drills are documented.
All guests and visitors to Blue Ridge must check in at the office, obtain a visitor's badge - which must be worn in a visible manner, and then check out at the office and return their visitor's badge upon leaving the building.
Safety is of the utmost importance to us. It is the responsibility of all of us to make sure that our children and visitors are safe. In the event of a disaster, we will make every attempt to keep your child at school. We may send home safety information or ask you to participate in training or surveys. Your eyes and ears help us! Please cooperate and model appropriate behaviors so that the children know that this is a top priority.
SAFEST ROUTE HOME
The enclosed map identifies a variety of suggested routes for students who walk to and from school. These route suggestions reflect considerations of traffic patterns, existing traffic controls, and other crossing protection aids such as school patrols. Please take a moment to acquaint your child with the appropriate route to school.
Additionally, a review of the following safety tips will help ensure your child's safety
- Where no walking area exists, walk on the left side of the roadway facing oncoming traffic to and from school.
- Before crossing any street, stop and look both ways for oncoming traffic. Where available, cross at marked crosswalks, and walk, do not run, while in the crosswalk area.
- Obey the instructions of your school patrol, and cross only after receiving direction from him/her.
- When crossing at a traffic signal, be sure to press the pedestrian walk button if available, and wait for signal indication and traffic to stop before entering the street. Flashing "Don't Walk" means do not begin to walk; however, if you are already crossing the street, you may continue walking. After the "Walk" signal, there is adequate time to allow the average pedestrian to continue walking across the street before oncoming
traffic receives a green light.
- Cross at safe corners, even if you must walk farther.
- Watch for turning cars.
- Do not walk between parked cars.
- Refuse to ride with strangers.
- Go directly from home to school or from school to home by the recommended route.
SKATEBOARDS, HEELY'S, ROLLER BLADES AND PERSONAL ITEMS
Skateboards, Heely's and roller blades are not allowed. Personal items (toys, trading cards, soccer balls, expensive valuables should be left at home. The school is not responsible for lost or stolen items.
Students, staff, and parents can now submit safety concerns to district administration through the following Tip Line number:
Safe Schools Tip Line: 855-976-8772
Easily report tips on bullying, harassment, drug use, vandalism or any safety issue concern.
Every tip received about Walla Walla Public Schools is immediately logged in the system and the administration is notified so that they can investigate and take appropriate action. Tips may also be submitted anonymously.