School Safety Message

Dear Quincy School District Staff,

In the aftermath of the most recent shooting at Majority Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida, I am still struggling to find words that describe my feelings about the tragedy. I have gone through a range of emotions from disbelief to sorrow, rage and quiet introspection. As someone who has spent his whole life in the service of helping students, I find myself in a state of disbelief that we are unable as a society to ensure that our youth are safe in public places such as movie theaters, malls and schools.

These are difficult times that challenge us to know how to support students and families when events like the Florida shooting happen. I have included two resources to help you talk to your students about Trauma. I attached a one-page document that provides guidance for you to have conversations about trauma. The second resource is a more elaborate resource for classroom teachers and counselors. Click Here for a resource from the NY Times for teachers and counselors to help plan conversations about the shooting in Florida.

Even though there is no way to guarantee that every student is 100% safe all the time, I can assure you that the Quincy School district continues to do everything possible to make school a safe and healthy place. The Quincy School District partners with the Quincy Police to staff a full-time armed school resource officer whose job is to be in schools every day. In addition, we are adding more security cameras and providing single point entrances in which guests have to be buzzed in. Our school and district administrators recently engaged in full day active shooter exercise that trained school leaders in how to help students and staff in the event of an active shooter situation. In August, a team of six Quincy School District leaders, along with our new police chief and assistant fire chief, will attend a national training to review and update our district’s safety plan. We will continue to engage in activities that help us respond to emergencies in the most effective and efficient ways.

The Quincy School District is also working to support students to be physically and emotionally healthy. As mental health issues increase in society, we are ramping up how we support our students and families. Every Quincy School has at least one certificated counselor to help our student’s manage socially and emotionally. Two years ago, we hired a social worker to help families who live in the most extreme circumstances connect with local resources to improve the lives of their kids. The Quincy School District is a Positive Behavior Intervention Support (PBIS) district. Not only does this behavior management philosophy encourage positive behavior, it also creates a culture of student support. Through our Whole Child (social-emotional) Initiative, we continue exploring innovative ways to collaborate with the community to support the well-being of our students.

I want to end with a quote from a Facebook post from Jon Lake, the gentleman who disarmed the Moses Lake School shooter in 1996.

“Be a friend to the homeless, the sick and the elderly. Reach out to young people who need mentors, teachers and the confidants helping to make the world a better place. Every day we need to make a difference. Thank a teacher, offer to help them, shake the hand of a first responder, and pray for our military , local and national leaders. School violence can happen anywhere. Love and caring about each other can happen everywhere. Don’t wait until it is too late. Make a difference every day with everyone you meet. We must replace evil with good.”

Thank you loving and caring for our students during this very difficult time!

Responding to Tragic Events

John L. Boyd
Superintendent
Quincy School District #144

In the event that it is necessary to close schools or delay opening because of extreme weather conditions or other unusual circumstances, local radio and television stations will be notified. A decision will be made and conveyed to these stations by approximately 5:30 a.m. If no announcement has been broadcast by 6:00 a.m., it should be assumed that school will operate on the regular schedule. Information will also be posted prominently on the front page of the school district website (www.qsd.wednet.edu) as “Urgent News.” When possible, we will also use our automated phone calling system to notify parents and staff members.

 For late starts, buses will operate on the regular routes or winter emergency routes as necessary, but on the delayed schedule. Winter emergency route information will be distributed to parents and posted on our website. For winter emergency routes, buses will stop at designated bus stops where parents are responsible to meet the bus to drop off or pick up their students. To assure the safety of all, students who are not met at the bus stop will be returned to school.

 Parents should make alternate plans for their children in case of an emergency closure or early dismissal. When appropriate, the school office should be notified in writing of such arrangements. In the event of an early dismissal, elementary students will be dismissed only after the parent or guardian has been contacted by school officials.

 In the event of a delayed opening, AM Preschool classes will be canceled.

 

PROCEDIMIENTOS PARA CIERRES ESCOLARES O TARDANZAS

 En el evento que sea necesario de cerrar las escuelas o de empezar tarde por condiciones extremos del tiempo o otras circunstancias no muy común, las siguientes estaciones locales de radios y televisiones serán notificados. Una decisión será hecha y pasada a estas estaciones aproximadamente a las 5:30 a.m. Si no han anunciado por la radio o televisión para la 6:00 a.m., debe suponer que la escuela va operar al horario regular. La información también será fijada muy a la vista de la primera página del sitio Web de distrito escolar (www.qsd.wednet.edu) como `Noticias Urgentes.` Cuando posible, también usaremos nuestro sistema de vocación de teléfono automatizado para notificar a padres y empleados.

 Para empiezas tardes, los autobuses van a operar en las rutas regulares o rutas de emergencias del invierno como necesario, pero en el horario de empiezo tarde. Información para rutas de emergencia en el invierno serán distribuidas a padres y fijadas en nuestro sitio Web. Para rutas de emergencia en el invierno, autobuses se van a parar en paradas designadas para el autobús donde padres son responsables para encontrar el autobús para dejar o recoger a sus estudiantes. Para asegurar la seguridad de todos, estudiantes que no sean encontrados en la parada del autobús serán regresados a la escuela.

 Padres deben hacer otros planes para sus hijos en caso de cerrada por emergencia o salida temprana. Cuando apropiado, la oficina de la escuela debe ser notificada por escrito de tal arreglo. En el evento de salida temprana, estudiantes de la escuela Elemental serán soltados solamente después de que los padres o guardianes han sido contactados por oficiales de la escuela. En el evento de que la escuela empieza tarde, las clases de Prescuela por la mañana se cancelan.

Quincy Weather

 Quincy School District

119 J Street SW
Quincy, WA 98848

Phone:
509-787-4571
Fax number:
509-787-4336

Office Hours:
Mon.-Fri.: 8:00-4:30

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