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Emergency Procedures

We are committed to student and staff safety in our schools and district buildings. We continually evaluate school safety procedures and protocols, while working to be as transparent as possible.


Napoleon Genereux
Security and Emergency Preparedness

Winter Weather Plan

South Washington County Schools (SoWashCo) evaluates several factors before choosing to shift to distance learning, close school or cancel activities due to hazardous winter weather. SoWashCo consults with a variety of internal and external experts in order to make the best decision for students, staff and families. 

There may be some rare winter storms that require SoWashCo to enter into a Winter Weather Closure (emergency closure)An emergency closure means all learning activities are canceled and district buildings are closed due to hazardous winter weather.

SoWashCo continually monitors the forecast from the National Weather Service in order to make the best decision for students. Additionally, dismissing students early or delaying the start of the school day is not logistically possible.

TIP (Tip and Information Portal)

Students are often aware of situations before adults and they can make positive impacts in our school community. But sometimes, they just need a safe and easy way to report issues without fear of embarrassment or retaliation.

SoWashCo Schools launched a new Tip and Information Portal, or T.I.P., a confidential way for secondary students to report issues, concerns and other important information about school. Report an issue through T.I.P.

Submitted tips can include topics such as academic concerns, alcohol or drug use, bullying, discrimination, mental health concerns, parking issues, potential violence and more.

All tips are taken seriously and will be reviewed throughout the school week. It is important to know that T.I.P. is not a replacement for emergency services. If there is immediate danger, please call 911.

Safety Drills

The goal of a safety drill is to show students and staff what needs to be done in an emergency.

Safety Protocols

SoWashCo Schools uses the Standard Safety Response Protocol which is based on five actions for safety. Students and staff are trained on these procedures and practice drills throughout the school year.