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Friday October 31, 2014

Students, Parents, Staff and Community Members,

The October 21, 2014 tragedy at Marysville-Pilchuck High School, in Marysville WA is another reminder of the challenges we face in the world in which we live. As many of us watch the news reports and read social medial about this incident, it’s natural for each of us to struggle to understand how something like this could happen. It’s also natural at a time like this that we think about the safety of our own children.The safety of students in Zillah is our highest priority. We continually evaluate and look for ways to make improvements. Here are a few of the actions we are taking to improve the safety of our students and staff:

  • Our students and staff regularly practice lockdown and evacuation drills in preparation for emergencies.
  • Our staff has been trained by local law enforcement about what to do in the event of a school crisis.
  • We have close working relationships with local law enforcement and have provided all police and fire departments with details about each of our school buildings that would be useful should they need to respond to such an emergency.
  • We have close working relationship with school districts within the Yakima Valley to share ideas, resources and solutions to safety and security challenges.
  • We are making every effort to improve how we manage access to our buildings and schools.
  • We have made improvements in security camera systems, door locking systems, fencing at all schools.
  • We have made a multi-year commitment with the City of Zillah to employ a School Resource Officer.
  • We have added staff to provide greater supervision.

Open communication between home and school is also critical to the safety and well-being of our students and your children. Be observant and let us know if you see or hear something that makes you feel uncomfortable, nervous or frightened. Please contact us if you have a concern or question about school policies, your child’s safety or resources to help you in talking with your child about the tragedy in Marysville.

Kevin McKay


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