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School Emergency Communications

 
Each fall, the District works to update parent and staff contact information, publicize communication resources, and practice school emergency systems. In the event of severe weather that might impact school schedules, parents should check the following resources, for an early morning update:
  • District website: www.svsd410.org (Look for a new headline posted.)
  • District hotline: 425-831-8494 (Call in to hear a recorded message.)
  • Email/text notifications: www.FlashAlert.net (See below for instruction on how to download a free FlashAlert Messenger app or sign up online to receive messages sent to media when school schedules change.)
  • Tune in to local TV & radio stations
  • District’s Twitter: @SnoqValleySD; Facebook: svsdinfo@svsd410.org
If there is no message regarding the Snoqualmie Valley School District, assume all schools are running on schedule. (The District does not send a message stating schools are running on schedule.) However, it is advisable to double-check these resources, right before a student leaves their home on questionable mornings, since weather conditions have been known to worsen unexpectedly.

To learn how the District decides when a school delay or closure is needed, read Be Prepared for School Schedule Changes.

www.FlashAlert.netThe District uses FlashAlert.net to post emergency closure information to media. Subscribers can also view School Closure information online or sign up to receive notifications via email or texts. The system allows participants to self-subscribe up to three emails and/or cell phone text addresses in a single account to receive information at the same time as the news media. The preferred and fastest method for subscribers to get emergency closure information is through a free mobile app, called FlashAlert Messenger, also available on the subscriber page. To sign up:
-- Go to www.FlashAlert.net.
-- Click on Manage your Messages.
-- Login or click Create New Account.
-- Choose a region to Add an Organization.
         Select Seattle/Western Washington.
         Search for King Co. Schools /Snoqualmie Valley SD.
         Select organization from drop-down list.
-- Click Subscribe.
-- Follow instructions for confirming email address and options for your account.
-- Information about downloading the free FlashAlert Messenger app is also on this page.
Testing the District Call-Out System

This week, the District will test its emergency call-out system as follows:
  • September 28-29 — SVSD school staff test calls. On Wednesday afternoon a call will go to the Transportation/AM List, and on Thursday, all staff should receive a message. If any staff member does not get a call or needs to update their emergency numbers, please contact your school/department or email malcolmc@svsd410.org.
  • September 30 — ALL PARENT Call-out test. On Friday, around 5:30 p.m., after schools have dismissed students, an automated message will go to parent/guardian cell and home phone numbers in our student database that are listed as primary contact numbers. PARENTS: Please be sure to update your contact information at your child’s school if needed. Review your student’s information online and request changes through the RSVP Process in Family Access, or call your school office for changes.
  • Later in October — FlashAlert test drill. Statewide, school districts will be sending a test message to this service that is used to inform media and subscribers via email/texts of a school delay/closure or emergency.
Since the start of the school year, principals have also been reviewing emergency procedures with all school staff and many have begun initiating drills with students (for lock-downs, earthquake response, fire evacuations, etc.) They will continue to practice such drills throughout the year.
 
For example, many Snoqualmie Valley schools will be participating in the 2016 Great Washington Shake-Out on Thursday, October 20, to practice the recommended “Drop, Cover and Hold On” response for earthquakes.

On October 4 and 11, an expert in Active Threat Crisis Training, Jesus Villahermosa, will be presenting at school assemblies for all middle school and high school students and staff. A free "parent-only" training session is also planned for October 11, 6-8 p.m., in the Mount Si High School Auditorium.

The safety of students and staff will always be a top priority for Snoqualmie Valley schools. Thank you, families, for your partnership as we work together to ensure our communication systems function well and your contact information is accurate.