Investigation into threatening letter left at Pacific Cascade Middle School winding down

February 17, 2015

The King County Sheriff’s Office has or is about to put into the inactive file the investigation into who left a letter threatening violence at Pacific Cascade Middle School.

Principal Dana Bailey made that announcement in an update on the investigation placed into a recent school newsletter.

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Apollo Elementary School hosts parent safety meeting tonight

January 6, 2015

NEW — 2:21 p.m. Jan. 5, 2015

Apollo Elementary School will host a public meeting tonight to introduce parents to the district’s “Run, Hide, Fight” safety measures.

District schools enact the “Run, Hide, Fight” procedures should an intruder enter the building. This meeting is in advance of student training that will take place Jan. 14.

All teachers have been trained on these procedures and on how to best cover this information with students.

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Computer hoax halts activities at Issaquah High School, school will be in session Monday

November 29, 2014

NEW — 6 :11 p.m. Nov. 29, 2014

The Federal Bureau of Investigation contacted Issaquah police early Nov. 28 to tell officers an Issaquah High School student planned to bring weapons to school and kill people.

Police notified Issaquah High School security personnel and administrators, according to an email sent to parents Nov. 29.

A posting on a hacker’s website site said an explosive device had been planted at the school. The posting was brought to the attention of the FBI. No threats were made to specific people.

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New emergency policy aims to help protect students

November 26, 2014

Students and staff of the Issaquah School District have a new way to react to emergency situations.

Mathew Duff Issaquah High School

Mathew Duff
Issaquah High School

Based on its relationship with local law enforcement (like the school resource officers), district officials have implemented a more fluid procedure, called “Run-Hide-Fight” to deal with on-campus threats as effectively as possible.

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Back to school: 10 ways to keep students, pedestrians and motorists safe

September 3, 2014

NEW — 6 a.m. Sept. 3, 2014

As the new school year begins today in the Issaquah School District, AAA Washington urges drivers to be aware and extra cautious when traveling in school zones, backing out of driveways and navigating through parking lots and neighborhoods.

More than 1.1 million students in Washington state are preparing for back to school, which brings an increase in child pedestrian activity in and around roadways, especially during morning and afternoon hours.

In the Issaquah district, 135 buses travel more than 1.2 million miles and provide rides to and from schools and school-related activities to more than 8,000 students.

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Editorial — Please slow down; school is in session

September 2, 2014

It’s back-to-school time, and you know what that means.

We’re not talking about the purchases and chaos. We’re talking about slowing down and watching out for children, who may not be watching out for you.

State law says you must stop for a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road or not. These buses usually have a stop-sign arm on them, but you might not see it. Likewise, you might not see the children that step off these buses and run to nearby houses or people waiting for them.

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Safety, security details changing in Issaquah schools, administration

March 25, 2014

Shortly before Ron Thiele took the reins as the Issaquah School District’s superintendent last July, district officials began looking at ways to heighten security for its 18,000-plus students.

They chose to conduct a safety and security assessment of Issaquah’s 24 schools, as well as its administrative, service and transportation centers.

Michelle Trifunovic, the district’s executive director of middle schools, took charge of the initiative, and the district spent $30,000 to hire a professional school safety expert who could find chinks in the armor.

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Slippery slopes are paved with good intentions

October 22, 2013

One has to sympathize with Allen Anderson for what transpired Oct. 10.

The longtime custodian at Issaquah High School has regularly worn a camouflage-printed jacket and carried an umbrella into work. But this particular day, someone mistook his signature look for that of a mysterious gunman.

David Hayes Press reporter

David Hayes
Press reporter

The high school and other nearby schools went into lockdown. When Anderson realized it was he who had caused the confusion, he told school administrators who advised him to turn himself in to the police surrounding the school.

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