Project Safe and Secure – MVSD Launches Emergency Response Planning Committee – Invites Your Participation!

Project Safe & Secure • MVSD Emergency Response PlanWith a focus on ensuring the safety of our students, staff, parents, and community, the Methow Valley School District is launching Project Safe and Secure. As such, MVSD is launching a district-wide Emergency Response Planning (ERP) Committee.

The standing committee, led by Bud Hover, Director of Operations, will work with the guidance and support of the NCESD Crisis Management Co-Op and in partnership with local law enforcement, fire, and first responder agencies, students, parents, staff, and community members to accomplish the following goals:

  • Promote open lines of pro-active communication regarding safety concerns using Safe Alert – Safe Alert is a software tool that allows anyone (students, staff, parents, community members) to anonymously report information of concern, alerting staff and, if appropriate, law enforcement to potential issues and threats to the safety of themselves and/or others.
  • Develop and coordinate the regular review our protocols, periodically updates the plan as needed, and facilitates staff, student, and parent training sessions.
  • Initiate the implementation of an electronic mapping and communication system (Rapid Responder) that will electronically link our schools with law enforcement and first responders.
  • Design and implement an annual practice schedule and scenarios for all staff.
  • Facilitate a debriefing process following each event (practice/real) to ensure our plan and practices remain current.
  • Facilitate parent-training sessions and provide parents with electronic access to the MVSD ERP to ensure parents understand their role and responsibilities.
  • Recommend related facilities improvements (phone systems, card-lock security systems, bus emergency kits, etc.…) to support the successful implementation of the emergency response plan.
  • Engage in other activities as recommended by the NCESD Crisis Co-Op and/or law enforcement, fire, and first responder agencies that improve our ability to maintain a safe and secure campus.

To learn more, please visit the Project Safe & Secure Emergency Response Planning Committee page.

If you are interested in participating, please complete an application and submit it to Chris Eckstrom at the district office no later than Monday, February 13, 2017.

Questions about the committee? Please contact Bud Hover, MVSD Director of Operations at (509) 997-2113.

Frank Kline Unanimously Approved by MVSD School Board to Serve as Board Chair

Frank Kline, MVSD School Board PresidentOn the evening of December 14th, 2016 during the regular board meeting, members of the MVSD School Board of Directors unanimously approved the nomination of Frank Kline to serve a second consecutive term as the MVSD Board Chair.

As such, Board Chair Kline will continue to work closely with members of the board and superintendent to help the district fulfill its mission and vision – Working in partnership with our families and community, to develop curious, creative, compassionate, competent, action-oriented, citizens prepared to change the world.

The decision to nominate Kline to serve a second consecutive term as board chair was best captured by school board director, Dana Stromberger when she stated, “We (our board and staff) are a cohesive, dedicated team, committed to creating an exceptional school district. Kline’s selection as board chair is a reflection of the strong trust we have in one another, his commitment to our vision, and his leadership skills.”

Following his acceptance of the nomination, Board Chair Kline stated, “It’s truly an honor to serve on behalf of the community, in support of our staff, and as a member of this team… Our schools are a special place and I’m just happy to be a part of the exceptional work taking place.”

Please join us in celebrating the selection of Frank Kline to serve as Board Chair of the MVSD School Board of Directors!

Trail’s End, PSFA, MVSD, and Community Partner to Put Books in the Hands of our Students!

Young MVSD Reader at Trail's End BookstoreOn December 4th, Trail’s End, working in partnership with PSFA and MVSD, hosted an event focused on getting new, engaging, high interest books into the hands of our students.

The event was a huge success! In addition to a percentage of the day’s sales going toward the purchase of new books for MVSD libraries, community members and friends of MVSD were invited to purchase and donate new books to our schools and libraries. Purchase and donate, they did… Over 50 books (books previously identified by students and staff) were purchased and donated!

To top it off, PSFA donated $8,200 toward the purchase of books in support of our students, staff, and library collection!

All we can say is, “Wow!” Thank you Trail’s End, PSFA, and Community… Thank you for your generosity and support of our students, staff, and libraries.

Seasons Greetings & Happy Holidays

On behalf of our students, staff, and school board, Seasons Greetings and Happy Holidays! We want to share our sincere appreciation and gratitude for your continued support of our students and schools. We hope you enjoy a restful and relaxing Winter Break, surrounded by friends and family.
 
Our district office and schools will be closed beginning Monday, December 19 through Friday, December 30th. Classes will resume on Monday, January 2nd.

Happy Holidays,
Methow Valley School District

Traveling for the Holidays? Keep Yourself Safe – Check Your Immunization Records

Washington State Department of HealthMumps have spread to 4 counties in Washington State this month in numbers much higher than previous years. Washington state is at 81 cases this year, up from 7 cases in 2015.

Many in our community will be traveling over the holidays and may be exposed to illness. If you aren’t sure if you or your student are completely immunized, please check with your health care provider and get updated, if needed.

The mumps vaccine is the second “M” in the MMR which is the vaccine for “measles, mumps and rubella”. Every student should have two doses of the vaccine, the first at one year and the second by the time they start kindergarten. Those most vulnerable are children under one (they are too young for the vaccine) and pregnant women.

Visit this page for more information: You & Your Family: Mumps

Happy Holidays and Safe Travels!

School Closure, Delays, and Emergency Routes

MVE student on a snowy dayDear Parents,

As the weather begins to change and the likelihood of heavy snowfall increases, please review the information contained on MVSD’s updated School Closures, Delays and Emergency Routes page.

This document will provide you with updated information regarding possible school closures, delays, emergency bus route information, and how to access this important information.

Thank you,
Methow Valley Schools

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