Safety and Security
For the past three years, Sunnyside School District has designated the third week in October as Safety Week. The week focuses lessons and activities in the classroom on vital school safety procedures every student and staff member needs to know.
During Safety Week, students have the opportunity to conduct lessons featuring different safety scenarios they could encounter throughout the school year, and work through ways they as individuals could respond to each of those situations.
Each school also conducts our safety drills listed below, that ensure they know the appropriate action to take based on what situation could arise inside or outside the school.
In addition to Safety Week's usual theme of drill procedures, this year also included the District’s “See Something, Say Something” campaign, which emphasizes the importance of reporting unsafe activities, rumors, or threats immediately. Sunnyside School District uses SafeSchool Alerts to provide students, parents, and community members a way to report to the District anonymously. Learn more about "See Something, Say Something" below!
The schedule for the week was as follows, Monday - Evacuation, Tuesday -Shelter Education, Wednesday - Secure and Teach, Thursday - Lock Down, and Friday - ALICE Education.
From an adult perspective, it might seem obvious for a child to tell an adult when they see or hear something that is unsafe or dangerous. But often times students don’t come forward when they hear or see things for a number of different reasons. Sunnyside School District launched a “See Something, Say Something” campaign during Safety Week, using Hercules, the Sunnyside High School Mascot, to encourage students to speak up when they see something unsafe or not right. Seen on posters and banners around the District, Hercules wants students to know it’s ok to report suspicious behavior, bullying and harassment, or weapons, drugs, or threats.
Sunnyside School District SafeSchools Alerts is a system that allows texts, voice messages, emails, and online posts to report unsafe activities. Access to SafeSchools Alerts is posted on all school websites and the district homepage, the Sunnyside School District App, and in the Sunnyside School District wall calendar. A magnet with the information was sent home to every student’s family in the district as well.
As a school district, we strive to provide the most complete and in-time information possible during emergency and inclement weather situations. Below is a complete list of methods we use for communicating messages to staff and families.
Inclement Weather: Messages posted to District website, Facebook page, local news stations, and text alerts to staff and families.
Emergency Situations (Secure and Teach, Lock Down, Evacuation and Reunification): Messages posted to District website, Facebook and Twitter, text alert sent to staff and families. In the event that more information needs to be sent, a robo-call will be used with a recorded message playing back on the District's notification line at 509-836-8404.
Emergency Text Alert Opt-In Information
Parents and Guardians
Sunnyside School District uses SchoolMessenger to deliver SMS text messages straight to your mobile phone with important information during emergency situations including inclement weather and safety situations.
To receive these text alerts, you must opt-in by texting "Y" or "YES" to 67587, our school district's short code number. If you have not opted-in by May 30, a text invitation will be sent to the phone number we have on file for your family, inviting you to sign up for the service. If at any time you want to stop the text alerts, simply reply with "STOP" to any of the messages you receive.
SchoolMessenger is compliant with the Student Privacy Pledge, so you can rest assured your information is safe and will never be given or sold to anyone.
SMS stands for Short Message Service and is commonly referred to as "text message." Most cell phones support this type of text messaging. Our notification provider, SchoolMessenger, uses a true SMS protocol developed by the telecommunications industry specifically for mass text messaging, referred to as "short code" texting. This method is fast, secure and highly reliable because it is strictly regulated by the wireless carriers and only allows access to approved providers. If you've ever sent a text vote to a TC show to a number like 46999, you have used shortcode texting.