Safety & Security

Commitment
We are committed to empowering our staff and students to respond to a variety of incidents that could happen in our schools. We have emergency response 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 safe places for students to learn.

We believe that ensuring safety for all requires a multi-faceted approach. The physical security of our schools, training, student mental health, culture/climate, and emergency response are all critical to providing a safe environment.

Strategies Implemented to Help Ensure Safety
Prevention:
  • A full time School Resource Officer (SRO), stationed at the high school. Stephanie Druktenis is a commissioned officer with the Ellensburg Police Department.
  • Reserve Police Officers (EPD) are an added preventative effort to deter crime
  • We conduct a variety of different drills, in accordance with state law. Some of these include Emergency Lockdown, Shelter in Place, Evacuation, and Secure and Teach.
  • We acknowledge that the emotional and physical safety of students and staff is everyone’s responsibility
  • Staff Trainings SafeSchools Online
Protect and Mitigate:
  • Our SRO is on-site in our schools and ready to respond if needed
  • Reserve Police Officers (EPD) are periodically serving in all buildings and ready to respond when present
  • Staff and students are trained to Run/Hide/Fight when necessary
  • Our emergency response procedures are standardized so that all schools use the same terminology and consistent practices
  • We have an excellent partnership with local emergency response agencies

Respond & Recovery:
We have a comprehensive Family Reunification protocol should the need arise. Our counseling teams in each building are ready to assist students in crisis. Learn More.

OSPI School Safety Resource Library

Harassment, Intimidation & Bullying
Ellensburg School District is committed to a safe and civil educational environment for all students, employees, volunteers and patrons, free from harassment, intimidation, or bullying.

In accordance with Policy 3207 — Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying and Procedure 3207P, all reports of bullying, harassment, and/or intimidation will be taken seriously and investigated.

If a student feels that they have been subjected to harassment, intimidation, or bullying, the student should report the incident immediately to a staff member.

At any time, a student or their parent/guardian may submit a formal complaint regarding harassment, intimidation, or bullying. Formal complaints are submitted to the building principal.

Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying Incident Reporting Form

Harassment, intimidation or bullying can take many forms including, but not limited to, slurs, rumors, jokes, innuendoes, demeaning comments, drawings, cartoons, pranks, gestures, physical attacks, threats or other written, oral, physical or electronically transmitted messages or images.

Policy 3207 — Prohibition of Harassment, Intimidation and Bullying is not intended to prohibit expression of religious, philosophical, or political views, provided that the expression does not substantially disrupt the educational environment. Many behaviors that do not rise to the level of harassment, intimidation or bullying may still be prohibited by other district policies or building, classroom or program rules.

The District’s prohibition of harassment, intimidation, and bullying shall apply:
  • On school District property at any time;
  • Off school District property at any school activity, function, or event;
  • Off school District property if the actions of the student materially or substantially effect the education process and/or student attendance at school.

Harassment Intimidation & Bullying Compliance
Executive Director of Human Resources
1300 East Third Avenue
Ellensburg, WA 98926
(509) 925-8007
kim.snider@esd401.org

Also refer to the OSPI website.

 

Scott Botten

Dean of Students

Neil Musser

Assistant Principal, District Security Director