School Safety and Action Steps

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    School Safety Improvements

    Action Steps in the Next 100 Days

    Increase school resources and training for prevention, response and intervention for problematic behavior. We will:

    • Double the number of Behavioral Specialists in FWPS from four to eight. Although each school will have access to Behavioral Specialists, they will be strategically housed in schools with the greatest need.
    • More than double the number of full-time Teacher Mentors with the goal of helping our new teachers master skills in classroom behavioral management and effective discipline implementation.
    • Add two Safety Officers to support security in schools, respond to hazardous situations, and have more eyes, ears, and hearts assigned to student behavior.
    • Continue to strengthen our relationship with our local law enforcement partners including the Federal Way Police Department, and build upon our phase I active shooter training held at each of our schools this past spring with phase II beginning in the fall of 2018.
    • Increase focus and training on our nationally recognized programs like Second Step and Positive Behavioral Intervention and Supports (PBIS) that support social emotional learning and teach appropriate learning behaviors.
    • At the start of the 2018–19 school year, each school administrator will work with their school teams to review, reinforce and implement effective site-based discipline plans.

    Increase our commitment to non-classroom time safety and civility. We will:

    • Continue our work in building trusting/caring relation-ships with our students and their families.
    • Review ways to increase monitoring and correction of any misbehavior in common areas like the playground, hallways, lunchroom, etc.
    • Install 300+ security camera upgrades during the summer to increase visibility and safety across the district. This is as a result of the 2017 bond package our voters supported that includes these safety enhancements as well as addressing outdated buildings with multiple entry points.

    Strengthen community engagement and partnerships. We will:

    • Host open forums meetings at every school in the fall of 2018 to outline the district’s and the schools’ specific plans for campus safety and hear from community members on specific areas of concerns and how we can improve.
    • Remind parents and guardians of the role they must play in establishing and supporting high expectations for behaviors for their children when they are in school.