School Safety & Security
Keeping Students and Schools Safe
The Federal Way Public Schools has emergency and safety plans in place because we believe every student deserves a learning environment that is safe, challenging and exciting. We are committed to making our campuses havens of hope and care.
These strategies help to ensure student and staff safety on our campuses:
- We have police officers in all of our high schools.
- We have campus security officers in all of our middle schools.
- We have mobile security officers who service both the elementary schools and provide district-wide support.
- We conduct intruder drills so our staff and students know what to do in the event of an emergency.
- We are working with community agencies to provide safe and fun activities for students.
- We acknowledge that the emotional and physical safety of students and staff is everyone’s responsibility.
- We will continue our efforts to foster a welcoming atmosphere and promote respect on our campus’s and in our neighborhoods.
Students are taught to identify others in distress and are encouraged to talk with an adult immediately if they have concerns for their own safety or the safety of others.
All Hazard Response Plan
The “All Hazard Plan” includes training resources, procedures and guidance relating to lockdown procedures, intruder response, bomb threats, and natural disasters.
Every school has an Emergency Plan that includes lockdown and intruder procedures and schools are required to schedule and conduct these drills.
District Risk Management and Security staffs participate in local, regional and Federal Emergency Management Administration training in school/community emergency planning and response operations. Local police, fire, public works, transportation, medical and social service organizations are also represented on this community-based committee.
As a participating agency, school district officials have participated in exercise simulations involving critical incident response needs such as natural and man-made emergencies and disasters.
School Resource Officers
The District contracts with the Federal Way Public Safety Department for fully commissioned police “School Resource Officers” (SRO’s) in all five high schools.
The District believes that, long term, “on-site” student and staff safety will be best served through a school and community policing partnership with police.
Federal Way Public Schools enforces a zero-tolerance policy for the possession of weapons on school property.
Students who possess firearms on school grounds or at school activities will be expelled for not less than one year.
We take all threats of violence very seriously and have demonstrated that they will not be tolerated.
Safety and Security Department
Education Services Center
33330 8th Ave. S.
Federal Way, WA 98003
Paul Vang, Director of Safety and Security
Parris Mamon, Lead Security Officer
Safe Schools Tip Line
Report a concern or an incident, anonymously - 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.
SAFE SCHOOLS TIP LINE:
Students, families, staff, and community members can report school-related safety concerns, or alert a school or the district about a potential threat using the anonymous tip line.
If you or someone else is in immediate danger, call 9-1-1.
Safe & Drug Free Schools
The Federal Way School District is a drug-free school district.
It is the policy of the Board of Education to recognize alcohol and other drug use/abuse as a societal problem and that substance abuse and drug dependency is a disease process that may be successfully treated.
The district supports abstinence from drugs, alcohol and mind-altering substances for all students in order that their development can reach full intellectual, emotional, social, and physical potential.