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Safety is a community-wide issue, concludes Highline Public Schools report

Safety is a community-wide issue” – that’s the message that came out loud and clear at the community safety meetings Highline Public Schools conducted last spring in partnership with community leaders, the district reported Tuesday, Oct. 2.

The White Center Community Development Association compiled input gathered at the meetings, and generated a report (download PDF file here [1]) that can guide the district’s work to enhance safety in the community and schools.

In addition to the report, Highline is sharing steps they are taking with schools across the district.

Key Findings
Community input was grouped in three main categories:

Community vision primarily consisted of:

Priority issues in the community included:

Strategies
Participants suggested community-based, school-based and individual-level strategies for addressing priority issues and achieving community vision. Suggested strategies included:

Highline’s Response
Here are some of Highline’s strategies in response to this report:

Safety in Highline
Student safety is a top priority. Read about Highline’s ongoing safety efforts in English [2] or ongoing safety efforts en espanol [3].

Superintendent Susan Enfield and other district leaders are working closely with law enforcement leaders from Burien, Seatac, Normandy Park, Des Moines and King County to identify how Highline can partner to improve the safety of the whole community, including Highline schools.

“I have great faith in our ability to come together and find solutions that will ensure Highline is the safe, welcoming community we all want it to be,” Enfield said.

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