Our Hearts Go Out to the Freeman High School Community in Spokane

A Message from Superintendent Greg Baker

Dear Families, Staff and Community,

You may have heard by now that there was a shooting at Freeman High School in Spokane today. Details are still coming out, but news reports indicate that at least one student has been killed and many injured.

This tragedy hits especially close to home because I grew up in Spokane and used to work at the same high school with Freeman School District’s current superintendent Randy Russell. The Freeman and Spokane community are in our thoughts and hearts today.

As a parent and superintendent in today’s world, student safety is always on my mind. In recent years, we’ve put an emphasis on the proactive social-emotional health and wellness of our students by increasing counseling and access to mental health services. We’ll continue to make social emotional wellness a priority this year, and we are in the process of forming a Social and Emotional Learning Curriculum Advisory Group. We’ve also made some significant safety improvements thanks to voter support from our 2013 bond, and you’ll see more safety upgrades proposed soon in our next bond. Please view our Safety Q&A here. We now have a Director of School Safety and Emergency Management who works closely with all of our schools and local law enforcement/first responders.

News like this can be especially hard on kids. Here are some resources for talking with children as they ask questions about topics in the news and tragedies.

We’ll continue to love and support our kids in dealing with the fear and anxiety that is perpetuated by these violent acts.

Our hearts go out to all of those affected by this tragedy,

Greg Baker