Safety and Tech Go Hand in Hand

When Sunnyside voters approved the 2014 bond for Washington Elementary, some funds were set aside to increase the District’s use of security technology. Currently, the Sunnyside School District has cameras set up to collect more than 1,300 views across our campuses and facilities including all schools, the District Office, Transportation Department, and the Denny Blaine Building.

 

When an emergency situation arises and a school or building must initiate a security response, alerts are broadcast through the intercom system across the school and to key district administrators. The alerts are also sent to 911 (Dispatch) which alerts Sunnyside’s fire and police departments. 

 

Sunnyside School District has five responses to safety and security situations which include Evacuate, Shelter in Place, Secure and Teach, Lock Down, and ALICE. A full description of these responses can be found on page 2. 

 

The Sunnyside School District Communications Department uses a variety of digital channels to inform parents and the community of what is going on. Information is posted in the following order:

 

Sunnyside School District homepage,

Social media channels including Facebook (facebook/sunnysideschools), and Twitter (@sunnysidesd). On Facebook, updates will be made only to the original post with updated times included.

An initial text alert will be sent to parents and guardians who have subscribed (see inset to the right for instructions) advising them to check the above channels for more information.

 

This is how the Sunnyside School District communicates out to our community during crisis situations. Check out page 7 for information on how our parents, students, and community can communicate to us about safety situations they’ve heard about!