Safety of portables a concern for Snohomish school bond

“There’s not much of a plan if they come out here.” These words spoken by a safety officer to a teacher friend are chilling. The “here” in question is a portable classroom. The “they” is an active shooter.

I supervise the Early Childhood Education and Assistance Program (ECEAP) for Snohomish School District. Between the wonderful years my own kids attended and now, I’ve taught classrooms of 3-, 4- and 5-year-old students happily in the aging portables behind Central Primary Center.

Our maintenance department and teachers work hard to keep our spaces clean and safe, but our changing world has lead to locked doors (two between the young students and a restroom in our case) and constant anxiety about school shootings.

The Feb. 11 bond seeks to reduce portables and increase security across the district. While the cost is great, the cost of not addressing this need is potentially even higher.

Please consider my team and students when making a decision about the bond.

Britta R. Grass


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