Sylvester Middle School Briefly Put Into Lockdown Wednesday Morning

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Wednesday morning (Feb. 22) around 11 a.m., Burien’s Sylvester Middle School was put into lockdown mode due to a burglary in progress near the school.

Police apprehended the suspect, all students were accounted for, and the lockdown was lifted at 11:20 a.m.

Fourth period and lunch times were adjusted to allow all students adequate time for lunch, and by fifth period the school returned to its regular schedule.

“It is a common precautionary measure to put a school in lockdown whenever there is police activity in the area,” according to an email sent out to parents. “As a standard practice, school remains in lockdown until we receive clearance from the police department to return to our regular schedule.”

Here’s more from the school’s email:

For the safety of both students and parents, we do not alert parents while a lockdown is in progress or allow students to contact their parents by cell phone. This is emergency management best practice. Police do not want parents to come to school to retrieve their children, because that could put the parent in danger and/or could compromise the police investigation.

I know it is alarming when there is police activity near your child’s school. Please know that your child’s safety is the central purpose of all our emergency procedures.

If you have any questions about this incident, please call the office at 206-631-6000.

Principal Vicki Fisher

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