Safety in our Schools
Keeping our staff and students safe is our number one priority in North Thurston Public Schools! We are in a constant state of improvement as we train, implement, and test various safety protocols and programs throughout our District. Our goal is to ensure everyone feels safe at work and play in our schools. Learn more about our safety structures on this webpage.
Cameras in Schools
Since our 2014 bond, we have increased the number of security cameras from 270 to 1,400! These high-definition cameras provide extensive coverage for our interior common spaces and campus exteriors at all 22 schools. Modernizations at North Thurston High School and Pleasant Glade Elementary will increase that number to 1,550. Law enforcement will also have direct access to these camera feeds during a critical event.
Facility Advisory Committee
The NTPS Facility Advisory Committee meets regularly to discuss our Six-Year Capital Facilities Plan and help guide facility initiatives throughout the district. Safety in our schools is a major part of their focus. The committee includes community members, students, parents, and staff. More about the FAC >>
Critical Incident Response Team
Our Critical Incident Response Team coordinates a variety of services to support our schools in the event of a crisis. The Team provides communication support, ensures site safety, provides transportation and food services, coordinates student reunification, and provides student and staff support. We also have a Crisis Recovery Team made up of school counselors, nurses, and other staff trained to provide immediate and ongoing support to students, staff, and families to help alleviate the emotional impact of a critical incident.
Each of our buildings are required to run a variety of safety drills throughout the year. From fires to active threat training, our students and staff know how to communicate, follow instruction, and where to go in the event of an actual emergency. This includes lockdown drills (even reverse lockdowns for when a threat may be inside the building), fire drills, earthquake drills, and more. The process for responding to drills are standardized across our entire district. Each classroom is provided with specific directions on what to do in the event of an emergency.
School Resource Officers (SROs)
Each of our schools has an assigned School Resource Officer (SRO) from either Lacey Police or the Thurston County Sheriff that make regular rounds to each of their assigned buildings. They foster communication with staff and students and with that relationship, are able to be immediate points of contact when safety is in question. More about our SROs >>