Sandra Barton Smith from the Office for Catholic Schools attended the October 24th meeting and shares her insights with WFIS schools below.

WFIS wants to remind all private schools that a focus of the ESDs is to offer training and support on suicide and mental health issues.  And that regionally, the ESDs are striving to be a helpful resource open to all schools. Also, private schools have access to SRO (school resource officer) training so make use of this opportunity while it exists!


OSPI School Safety Summit
October 24, 2019
Special Guest: State Senator – John McCoy- 38th District attending (Snohomish County)

Summit Mandate: SS-SWAC membership – State law requires OSPI (SB 6620) and the School Safety and Student Well Being Advisory committee to hold annual School Safety Summits. The annual summits focus on establishing and monitoring the progress of a statewide plan for funding cost-effective methods for school safety that meet local needs. Other areas of focus include planning and implementation of school safety planning efforts, training of school safety professionals, and integrating mental health and security measures. Key links: School Safety Center and School Safety Resource Library and Safety Planning Toolkit

This year, short legislative session so the focus is minor tweaks to the work from last year and start forecasting the needs for the 2021 Legislative session so the 2020 Summit will probably occur May/June 2020 to be ready for the 2021 Legislative session. (Develop funding asks for 2021-2023 biennium budget)

Review Year 3 Summary – Reflection on legislative participation around HB 1216

  • 2016 Summit – accessing needs -determining potential costs – how WA state was moving in the area of school safety based on the national perspective.
  • 2017 Summit – school safety core – regional core centers- school mapping- funding proviso- earthquake training; harassment and bullying training.
  • 2018 Summit – mental health realities and needs; regional center disparity; communication channels to ensure information is distributed evenly; behavioral/mental health supports – threat assessments
  • 2019 Summit – attend to equity focus in the practice of school safety to avoid disproportionate results on student groups; mindful of students of colors, students with disabilities, other.

HB 1216 Funding – see attachments

4 of the 19 safety strands were funded in 2019: Safety Center- $196,000; 9 Regional Safety Centers (ESDs) $1,268,000; JLARC Study (school mapping system) – $226,000; SRO Training Grant- $50,000.

UNDERWAY! 9 Regional School Safety Centers with the purpose to establish, coordinate and develop an evenness of services and common deployment of the goals in all 9 School Safety Centers through:

  • Unified systemic safety support

  • Support in all phases of a crisis/disaster

  • Staff/teacher training in preparing school and SD safety plans

  • Installing/sustaining a threat assessment – threat assessment coordinator using the Salem-Keizer threat

    assessment model through consistent training.

  • Supporting first responders


SROs – School Resource Officers – see SRO Overview and Requirements handout. ***** Private schools who have a School Resource Officer DO have access to take this training. Stronger SRO funding is needed but private schools can access this now!


Camille Goldy, OSPI – Children’s Behavioral Health Workgroup – Suicide Prevention

2 Behavioral Health Pilots occurring now in 2 EDSs (101 and 113) – hire a dedicated staff person as a Behavioral Systems Navigator to increase access to care.

  • UW SMART Center Telehealth two-year Pilot – Partnership access line for Schools in 2 school districts: Summer and Medical Lake School Districts plus a learning community is being offered to other districts who were not selected.

  • Action Alliance for Suicide Prevention – Department of Health leads suicide prevention at the state level (ESHB 2315).


Martin Mueller – SEL Workgroup – 2SSB 5082- Senator McCoy’s bill. Standards, benchmarks, and indicators have been developed and SEL resources are posted on OSPI website. Engaging and inclusive environments; positive youth-adult relationships; and support career college and life readiness. Staff Enrichment Workgroup – originating from EHB 2242. Recommendations from the workgroups will go to OSPI in November and be sent to Governor’s office on December 1st.

Mike Donlin – Comprehensive School Safety – RSW 28A.320.125. Requires safety plans – The state has been using “The Guide for Developing High-Quality School Emergency Operations Plans” (School Planning Guide) and District Role in Developing School Plan Guidebook. These are available to private schools as a common approach to be in sync with public school districts. School planning teams need to assess site assessment, culture and climate assessment, ad capacity assessment.

NEW for 19-20: 4 monthly drill requirements – Shelter-in-place; lockdown, evaluation, and earthquake “drop, cover, and hold” plus a pedestrian evacuation drills in lahar regions. Visit: DRILLS (Required)

2020 OSPI Decision Package is being developed – progress of the document is located on OSPI website.

  • Fully fund (4.6 million) statewide network of comprehensive safety supports for school districts
  • Increase the capacity for schools to hire staff for SEL support. (Possible partnership w/UW Forefront)
  • Ensure small and rural school districts for equitable access to nursing services.
  • Provide funding (25 million) for retrofitting for schools identified in specific geographic areas. To perform seismic evaluations and retrofits to protect students and educators during a seismic event.

Afternoon session: Small -group work sessions – Identify Issues and Actions. We spent 3 hours working in small groups to discern and recommend next steps and additional items for consideration for the 2020 OSPI Decision Package. Those notes will be collated and communicated back to the SS-SWAC Committee in early December 2019.


Attachments provided at meeting for Review: