August 2018 Safety Update

Already in place or actively underway in NKSD:

  • Safety Assessment for all sites – A comprehensive safety audit was completed in 2015. Results are being included in our analysis for capital projects that will be funded by the levy collection (which starts in 2019) and beyond. The NKSD leadership team and the NKSD Safety Committee are analyzing the assessment/audit results and crafting an implementation plan. 
    • This work is ongoing and will continue in the 2018-19 school year.
  • ALICE training – An introduction to the ALICE protocol/response for safety was provided last fall to all NKSD faculty. All staff (including para-educators, bus drivers, maintenance personnel, etc) will participate in an ALICE training module this spring. We already sent NKSD personnel to ALICE training last year, and we are sending a cadre of 18 staff to a "train the trainer" seminar in May. ALICE is a nationally recognized response for active threat situations in schools, and is being implemented by many school districts, including several districts in our area. 
    • Completed.  All faculty and staff were provided with the video training provided by ALICE and obtained their certificate of completion. 18 staff attended a regional "train the trainer" seminar in May 2018.  
    • Furthermore, all building faculty and staff (including custodians, food service personnel, and office personnel were provided with scenario based hands-on training in August 2018, with training held at every single NKSD school.
  • Social-emotional wellness – PBIS (a nationally recognized system of interventions for student behavior and social/emotional wellness) was implemented across the district over the past two years. NKSD is providing ongoing staff/faculty training on the importance of social emotional learning and wellness for students and adults in our school community, including trauma informed and ACEs (Adverse Childhood Experiences) informed instructional practices. Furthermore, our elementary schools are implementing the Second Step curriculum, which addresses a range of wellness and interpersonal relationship issues. 
    • All of these interventions are continuing in the 2018-19 school year.
  • AED installation – New, updated AEDs have been slated for installation on all sites and that installation will be complete by the close of the current school year. Secondary campuses already have multiple AEDs on site. 
    • Completed May 2018.
  • Additional social-emotional support for students – We partner with Kitsap Mental Health and our Olympic ESD to provide wrap-around support services for our students, as well as to obtain assistance with threat assessments when we have students in crisis. 
    • These partnerships and interventions are continuing in the 2018-19 school year.
  • Intentional, proactive coordination and partnership with first responders – We have annual meetings with all of our first responder partners to clarify processes, communications and protocols, as well as to find areas to partner for training and preparedness. We maintain open lines of communication with our law enforcement partners. 
    • Annual meeting held in April 2018.  Partnership with all local law enforcement with their participation with their participation in ALICE training in August 2018.  Ongoing dialogue with police, Sheriff's Office, fire/paramedics on response, partnership, and improvement in emergency services for all NKSD schools.
  • School mapping – All first responders have detailed maps of our buildings to help facilitate their entry in case of emergency, including locations of all points of ingress/egress. Detailed school maps are also annually updated in Rapid Responder. 
    • Updated maps have been provided.
  • Monthly drills - All campuses conduct monthly drills for safety and disaster preparedness. 
    • This has been in place and will continue moving forward, and will include ALICE drills as well.

Starting April 9th, 2018

  • Badge requirement - All NKSD employees will be required to wear their NKSD issued identification at all times on all campuses. This expectation had been in place, but it has now been strongly reinforced as an expectation and requirement for all employees. 
    • Completed with ongoing accountability and follow up. All staff are wearing badges with accountability for having a visual badge being required by supervisors.
  • Locking non-essential doors - Elementary schools will begin locking all non-essential exterior doors around their campuses, and greater vigilance will be focused on the main entries of school buildings. Updated visitor entry procedures will be communicated by each building principal prior to spring break and those procedures will be in place upon our return from spring break. Secondary schools will be locking all non-essential doors during school hours, and they will begin locking exterior doors 30 minutes after the school day ends (with an exception for areas hosting sports or after-school events). 
    • All elementary schools have identified doors to remain open during school hours with all other doors locked.  See below for progress on visitor entry systems.  Secondary schools are following their door-locking procedures for before and after school hours.
  • Visitor vigilance - Staff will have increased vigilance for all school visitors at all school sites during school hours and staff have been instructed to actively redirect any/all persons without appropriate badging to the front office. All schools have signage directing/requiring visitors to sign in at the front office. All visitors must have a badge demarking them as a registered visitor. If you are visiting a school and do not have identification showing your visitor status, you will be considered an intruder on campus. 
    • Completed and ongoing.  Visitor badge requirements have been enforced and will be enforced during the start of school this week (September 5 - 7).
  • Sheriff drop-ins - Kitsap County Sheriff's Office will begin random drop-ins at campuses, including walking around school hallways and common areas, and parking squad cars in prominent locations. This is part of a county wide initiative to increase visibility in schools by the Sheriff's office. 
    • Completed and ongoing in the autumn months.  Furthermore, we are working with the Kitsap County Sheriff's Office to provide a full time School Resource Officer (SRO) for Kingston area schools. This SRO will join our Poulsbo PD SRO, Officer Ziemann, to provide enhanced safety and support for NKSD schools.  We anticipate having a Kingston area SRO in place in 2019.
  • Visitor registration system - Two campuses will be selected to pilot an enhanced visitor registration system called Raptor, which provides on-the-spot background check information and produces a visitor's badge with a photo for all visitors. 
    • Completed.  See further information below about visitor registration in NKSD schools.

By the close of 2018:

  • Enhanced preparedness training – all staff will be re-trained on responses to various emergencies (including active shooter and natural emergencies) prior to the first day of school for the 2018-2019 school year. All schools will conduct practice ALICE response trainings during the school day in the fall months. 
    • Completed, see above.  All faculty and staff have been provided with hands on training with scenarios in every NKSD school. 
    • Student drills focused on ALICE response will begin in late September 2018 and will run throughout the year.  All training will be delivered in an age-and-developmentally appropriate manner.  Further information will be provided to families by principals closer to time.
  • Updated and improved guidance for faculty/staff – All areas of all campuses will have an updated "how to" quick guide posted in the room that references our NKSD procedures for all emergency situations. 
    • This is being revised now, it will be reviewed by the NKSD safety committee in October, and is on track for completion by close of 2018.
  • Social Work / Interventionists at all secondary schools – Starting in the fall, specially trained faculty will be on site at all secondary schools to focus on social emotional wellness of at-risk students. 
    • These positions have been hired/filled for 2018-19.
  • Supplies – All NKSD sites will be appropriately supplied with emergency materials for natural disasters (supply backpacks for all classrooms, CONEX boxes with food/water for all sites, flashlights, etc). Supplemental devices to secure classroom doors against intrusion will also be put in place.
    • Supplies are in the process of being ordered and we have coordinated with all BNKSD sites for secure storage for these materials.  On track for completion by close of 2018.
  • Raptor visitor registration – All NKSD sites will be outfitted with an electronic identity checking system. This system will require visitors to present valid ID and engage in a brief on-the-spot background check before being issued a mandatory visitor badge with photo ID. 
    • We have been piloting Raptor at four schools, and we will pilot another vendor as well at another three schools, with a final decision made in October. All sites will have a visitor registration system installed by winter break and all sites will use the systems no later than January 2019.
  • Elementary school ingress/egress changes – Elementary school doors, including front doors, will be locked during the academic day for student safety. A doorbell/video system will be installed at all elementary schools. Specific procedures for parent/visitor entry in light of these changes will be shared by each school prior to their system being installed. 
    • This is in progress and currently on track.  Some campuses are further along than others due to physical layout and tech-readiness.  Four of six schools are very close, with the remaining two presenting some challenges.  We still estimate completion by close of 2018 for all six elementary schools.  Communications about changes to ingress/egress procedures will be communicated by principals as they go online.

Longer term solutions coming as part of the recently passed Capital Levy (collection begins in 2019):

  • Keyless electronic door access system district wide - An electronic keyless system enhances security in a variety of ways, including the ability to deprogram access for a card or fob if/when it is lost. Doors can be pre-programmed to lock and unlock. These systems also provide "one touch" lockdown and unlock capability in event of emergencies. 
    • We are ahead of schedule on this in that all elementary schools will have some manner of electronic door access this autumn for exterior doors.  Elementary school installation for all doors will happen in 2019.  Secondary campus electronic access system planning will begin in October with installations to begin in summer 2019.
  • Construction of secure entrances for elementary schools – We will begin work to install "secure lobbies" at all elementary schools starting this summer. Gordon and Vinland will be secured first, with the other four elementary schools being addressed as soon as possible. 
    • Gordon Elementary and Vinland Elementary entrances have been modified with an office entry pathway during school hours, providing a secure entrance during school hours. 
    • We are developing a works list for remaining elementary campuses to re-route entries through offices, as well as ensuring that long range modernization plans include secure entry lobbies for all facilities.
  • Increased/improved video monitoring - with enhancements to our fiberoptic network, we will be able to migrate to state-of-the-art HD video monitoring at our secondary campuses, including interior hallway video, as well as greater coverage for exterior monitoring. In talking with first responders, these new systems are also able to be accessed by them for real-time emergency management when/if needed. 
    • Vendors have been contacted and initial conversations about pricing, scope of work, and timeline have begun.  Because the district has multiple systems in use currently, this project will require significant time to complete, as anticipated.
  • Improved lighting for campuses across the district.  
    • This has not begun yet; will be contingent on available Capital Levy dollars.
  • Investigate enclosures for secondary campuses that enhance protection and reliability while maintaining aesthetic appeal. While school modernization and major construction would need additional funding beyond what the Capital Levy will provide, we will investigate ways to provide enhanced security whenever possible with our current project list. 
    • This has not begun yet, will be contingent on available Capital Levy dollars.