Safety & Security
Schools are among the safest places to be on a day-to-day basis, according to all statistical evidence available. In the Renton School District, we strive to be proactive regarding all facets of safety and invite you to be our partners in ensuring a safe learning environment.
Our role is to ensure the safety of district students and staff as well as the security and protection of school district property. Patrol Officers respond to security needs throughout the entire district. School Safety Officers are resident security personnel located at each high school and middle school. The Safety & Security Manager is responsible for emergency preparedness, supervising personnel, managing numerous priorities, systems, and program guidelines, policies and procedures.
School Security (24 hrs)
Weapons Hotline (24 hrs)
Student safety and school security is always forefront on the minds of our school principals, teachers, administrators, and support staff. We have a deep commitment and resolve to keep students and staff safe at school. We continue to refine proactive measures to help support the safety and security of all students and staff. Here are some of the highlights of our work:
- Thanks to voter support in the 2016 School Construction ballot measure, we continue to improve school safety and security by upgrading and installing new entryways, controlled door locking systems, and additional high-definition cameras and recording devices in schools throughout the district.
- All schools are equipped with an emergency alert button that immediately calls 9-1-1 when activated.
- We have a Safety and Security Department, led by Jeff Dowhaniuk who has served as a detective, crisis negotiator, field training officer, and school resource officer.
- Along with our school and district security professionals, Renton police officers are assigned as School Resources Officers at our high schools with responsibilities to serve middle and elementary schools.
- School and district-wide security and safety staff provides coverage 24 hours per day. District and school security and safety officers continuously train on student relationship building, de-escalation, and other professional development to be better prepared to work with children and teens in possibly volatile situations.
- Our school staff take a multi-pronged approach to student safety by conducting regular safety drills, including school lockout drills. Our school and district safety and security team help train staff in how to keep our students safe during emergencies. We work with staff to provide communication channels for teachers and students to report anything that appears unusual or threatening.
- School perimeter doors remain locked during the school day with only one front door unlocked to provide parent/visitor entrance.
- We continue to refine our practices along with police agencies to review all safety and security measures, constantly reviewing school design/layout, before/after school activities, lunchtime and passing time, and more.