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Mark Morris High School
Phil Suek- Principal
1602 Mark Morris Court
Longview, WA 98632


 

Student Safety

This page is intended to provide students and parents with information and resources related to student safety.


Electronic Safety

Many resources for parents that involve keeping students safe online, with cell phones, in the home, etc.  This website is worth checking out just for the links.

National Center for Missing and Exploited Children

Do you know the laws tied to child pornography?  If anyone you know has inappropriate photos on their cell phone they can be charged with child pornography and become a registered sex offender.  Many parents don’t realize that students are photographing themselves or others and these photos can be passed on with the touch of a button.  Please be aware of what your student contains on their phone.  See one link of how the new ‘sexting’ has affected one family. http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/29546030/

Revised Code of Washington Laws
Note: This is an extremely large document if you want to research how the laws are spelled out in Washington State.  To find out more, check out this link.

Many students are using cell phones to harass and intimidate other students through text messaging.  For example, one student writes a message about another student and sends it to everyone in their phone.  This message is then sent to others and passed around the school.  This is a form of harassment that is punishable by law.  Even the student who receives the message and chooses to pass on is guilty of harassment.  Please be proactive and check your student’s phone and messages that can be obtained by the phone company.

Do you know what your student is doing online?  Make sure you have all your student’s passwords to each of their networking sites and check them regularly.


Emergencies and Disasters

In the event of an actual emergency please do not come to the school until directed to do so.  The school will be putting together a plan to reunify parents and students.  Please wait for details from local radio and TV stations about how students will be released.  Our first priority will be taking care of the students and making sure that everyone is safe.  We will not be able to address parent concerns immediately.  You can also subscribe to Flash Alert on the district's main web page to receive text messages or emails of information right to your phone.  If you would like your student to be released to another parent or be allowed to leave with another student that is not on the emergency contact list please fill out the form below.

In case of a major emergency or disaster do you have a student Disaster Release Form on file at the school?  Download this form, fill it out, and return it to the attendance office so the school is able to best assist your student in the event of an emergency.

Word Version - you may fill this out in Microsoft Word and print it out.
PDF Version

Reunification:  If parents and students will need to reunify please park in the student parking lot or across the street at the Triangle Shopping Center.  Parents will need to come in the front main doors to check their student out.  All parents must fill out a Reunification Form and have current identification.  Parents will be asked to complete a series of steps to check out the student and we will complete these as quick as possible while obtaining students safely.  We ask for your patience through this process and will reunite parents and students as fast as we can.

Is your family prepared for a Natural Disaster?  Communications experts know that phone lines in local areas will be tied up when a disaster happens.  Each student should have a contact name in the computer for a family member or friend that lives out of the local area code.  List this person as the (OAC) Out of Area Contact, in-case a call needs to be made.  Make sure everyone in your family knows this number to contact when local lines are busy.

More resources for disasters and emergencies:

Federal Emergency Management Agency

Cowlitz County Emergency Management
Find information related to local issues that may impact school as road conditions, river and flooding, weather advisories.


Damaging Activities

The Choking Game – Students are playing a game known as the Choking Game.  Other students will place another student in a choke hold around their neck cutting off the blood flow to the brain.  When released the blood coming back into the brain produces a sensation that students experience a brief period of euphoria.  What students don’t realize is the amount of brain damage that occurs during each period that the brain cells don’t receive blood and oxygen.  Even worse, many students are playing this game alone using belts, ropes, or other devices to stop the blood flow.  Many deaths are reported each year due to strangulation of teenagers from this game.  The signs students are practicing this game are often undetectable.  Talking with your child about the effects are the best way to prevent this from happening.  Here is one website with resources.

G.A.S.P. Games Adolescents Shouldn’t Play

Huffing – do you know what materials are being used by students to inhale?  Often parents don’t think of normal household items as being dangerous for students.  Compressed cans of air, whipping cream cans, rubber cement, markers, Easy Cheese, hair products, and more.  Please see the list of products and the effects as listed by the National Drug Intelligence Center.

Best Practices of Youth Violence Prevention: A Sourcebook for Community Action is the first of its kind to look at the effectiveness of specific violence prevention practices in four key areas: parents and families; home visiting; social and conflict resolution skills; and mentoring.
Center for Disease Control and Prevention


Drugs and Alcohol

Do you know how to get help if you suspect your child is using drugs or alcohol?  Mark Morris has a drug and alcohol intervention/prevention specialist with many resources to help parents and students with these issues.  Lindsey Lonner is available by phone and email at(360) 575-7734

Lindsey also runs a tobacco prevention program for students that have been disciplined for tobacco products on campus.  Students can also request help for tobacco cessation.

These websites can assist with more drug and alcohol information:


Washington State Teenline
or email Washington State Teenline

Above the Influence

Washington State Department of Social and Health Services
Division of Alcohol and Substance Abuse

Parents The Anti-drug

Alcohol and Other Drug Prevention – The Parent Connection

Partnership for a drug-free America

Online stop chewing program


Gangs and Hate Crimes

Do you know how to recognize if your child is involved in a gang?  What signs do you need to look for?  How about if your child is involved with racism or hatred material.  Here are a few websites to help parents be informed.

Anti-defamation League


Parenting Help

Safe Schools Healthy Students – Parent Project
This program provides proven strategies for parents raising today’s children and teens.
(360) 575-7821

Youth and Family Link
Outreach and Intervention Services for youth and families.
(360)423-6741


Other

Suicide Prevention Hotline
If you want to hurt yourself or know someone who is contemplating suicide please call this number for help:
1-800-273-8255
TTY 1-800-799-4889

Domestic Violence Hotline
If you have been physically or mentally abused or know someone who has, this is a local number to get help.
1-800-562-6025

Home Emergency Resource Guide - An emergency guide for for you home and other settings provided by the Washington MIlitary Department and Washington State Department of Health.

Longview Police Department

Cowlitz County Sheriff