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PSESD Expands Services for School Safety

Thanks to HB 1216, each educational service district in Washington State will house a Regional School Safety Center. PSESD is moving into its fourth year with our Safety Cooperative and the second year with our Threat Assessment Cooperative. Leveraged with funding from OSPI, we are now positioned to provide safety services throughout the region.

Moving forward, PSESD will offer tiered support for school safety to address the unique needs of districts throughout our region. A basic level of professional development and support will apply to all districts, with an option to obtain more robust services as needed through our established cooperatives.

Building from the MTSS framework and principles found in trauma-informed school responses, we aim to support connection as primary in violence prevention. Research on a database of 160 mass school shootings in the United States since 1966 points toward the need to invest in mental health support in schools as means to prevent violence.

Continued offerings include: crisis response, policy formation, protocol and planning. Expanded services will reflect a new approach to safety.

We will add a focus on prevention and mitigation that centers on the child and preserves dignity for all, while maintaining safety through a healthy school culture and climate. We recognize the value of validated, evidence-based traditional approaches while evolving and encompassing lessons from whole child, whole community frameworks.

We strive to be responsive to our districts and seek input through regular surveys, networking meetings and direct requests. Regional safety surveys in 2018–19 identified essential trainings for districts, and the top four were provided by our Safety Cooperative within the year. Our Threat Assessment Cooperative has responded to 35 requests to lead or support a level 1 and three level 2 meetings. Additionally, 250 district administrators, counselors and safety officers received training in the threat assessment model.

A statewide survey by OSPI identified gaps in multi-agency and stakeholder coordination in district safety planning. Our own survey data points to a need to increase family involvement/engagement in safety plan development. We intend to address these items by broadening the reach of our school safety efforts and communications and by developing a family forum to engage parents in safety and response.

Each district within our region has created its own responses to safety throughout the years to the extent their resources allow and their policies guide. PSESD recognizes your expertise, vision and efforts. We are here to serve and respond to needs, interests and gaps. We are on your team at your invitation.

Meet our team:

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Kim Beeson, Director

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Annie Hetzel, Safety Services Manager

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Sheila Kembel, Threat Assessment Coordinator

An additional position will be posted for a Program Manager to fulfill the promise of HB 1216 and move us toward a more comprehensive vision of school safety.

We continue to seek your ideas — attend a regional network meeting (RNM), join an advisory group, or contact us to share your thoughts!


John Welch Speaking at School Safety Press Conference

Leaders from the state’s Educational Service Districts (ESDs) joined legislators, school staff and student representatives on September 22, for a news conference urging broader support and additional funding for school safety and student mental health services.

Read More about ESDs, superintendents, state legislators and students push for additional support to address student safety and mental health.

On August 28, 2019, the Martin Luther King County Council passed historic legislation investing $318 million to improve educational outcomes for children and youth over the next 16 years. The investment, funded through voter-approved Sound Transit 3 proceeds, supports King County children and youth across the entire age spectrum, from early learning through postsecondary completion.  

Of the $318 million investment in the King County Puget Sound Taxpayer Accountability Account (PSTAA):

  • $153.8 million will support the development of early learning facilities
  • $29.6 million will support community-based organizations working with students in the K–12 grades
  • $112.4 million will go to the King County Promise, which provides advising support for underserved high school and college students to get them to and through college
  • $22.6 million will be reserved for administration and evaluation
Read More about King County Promise Legislation Passed
AESD School Accreditation Services

Learn how AESD Accreditation aligns with School Improvement Planning and can help your school to provide the most value for your students.

LIT Interns

High school students are invited to learn with us and influence the work of the organization into the future. Interns will be part of LIT (Leaders in Training), and participate in learning and leadership sessions with other interns

Interns are compensated $15/hour and need to have transportation to meeting locations and worksite. Internships are held at PSESD (800 Oakesdale Avenue SW, Renton, 98057). 
A transportation stipend of $100 is provided.

Welcoming Balloons

The Association of Educational Service Agencies (AESA) is a professional organization serving educational service agencies (ESAs) in 45 states; there are 553 agencies nationwide. AESA is in the position to reach well over 80% of the public school districts, over 83% of the private schools, over 80% certified teachers, and more than 80% non-certified school employees, and well over 80% public and private school students. Annual budgets for ESAs total approximately $15  billion.

Read More about AESA Welcomes PSESD, John Welch, to the Executive Council
Children Reading

We are on track for school budget cuts that disproportionately hurt students of color and those who are living in poverty — the very students who are negatively impacted by the opportunity gap we are all striving to close.

2019 Classified School Employee of the Year. Nominate Onlin

Puget Sound Educational Service District (PSESD) is now accepting nominations for the 2019 PSESD Classified School Employee of the Year. This annual award recognizes and honors the work of school and district classified staff. PSESD’s Regional Classified School Employee of the Year will serve as one of nine finalists for OSPI’s annual statewide award, which will be announced in the spring.

Read More about 2019 Classified School Employee of the Year Nominations