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News Release
Sunnyside School Safety Drill to Test School, City, and County Responses - 06/07/18

INVITATION TO THE MEDIA

SUNNYSIDE SCHOOL SAFETY DRILL TO TEST SCHOOL, CITY AND COUNTY RESPONSES

On June 14, a school year’s worth of work between the Sunnyside School District, Sunnyside Police Department, Sunnyside Fire Department, the City of Sunnyside, the Yakima County Sheriff’s Office and 4Pointe, a school safety and security consulting firm, will culminate in an emergency drill scenario at Sunnyside High School. Volunteer actors will be on hand to simulate a school day, and each organization will test their responses to the situation as it unfolds.

"The goal of this work is to test our systems and strengthen our responses to any number of crisis situations," says Sunnyside School District Superintendent Kevin McKay. "We also focus on looking beyond just the school in crisis and at what adjustments have to be made across the District when a situation arises."

Since September, the Community Safety Committee, which consists of representatives from each of the organizations listed above, have met once a month to analyze resources, response procedures, communication strategies, and reunification methods. The committee has also had the opportunity to run several tabletop scenarios that could require any number of responses from a plane crash to a toxic chemical spill to an angry intruder.

News outlets are invited to gather footage and photos from designated areas during the drill and a time to interview key participants will be provided following the completion of the drill. Please contact Sunnyside School District Communications Director Jessica Morgan at 509-836-8703 or by email at gan@sunnysideschools.org">jessica.morgan@sunnysideschools.org to make arrangements.

     Event Details:

     Drill Timeframe: June 14, 2018, from approximately 1 - 3 p.m.

     Location: Sunnyside High School, 1801 E. Edison, Sunnyside, WA 98944

     Participants: Sunnyside School District, Sunnyside Police Department, Sunnyside Fire Department, the City of      Sunnyside, Yakima County Sheriff’s Office, Astria Health, and 4Pointe.