At Seattle Public Schools, it is our top priority to make sure each and every student is safe. When we have an incident like we did on Oct. 27, where a Center School student brought an incendiary device to school, it is important that we take the time to review how school and district staff respond to these incidents. While we conducted this review, we did place Principal Oksana Britsova on paid administrative leave. The review is now complete and concluded that there were no issues with how Principal Britsova handled the situation. She has returned to school today.
However, our review led us to take a deeper look at our procedures and we are working on making some additional improvements in our security communications. Center School staff members have spent time debriefing the incident, and the school’s building leadership team met on Tuesday afternoon to revise the shelter-in-place protocol. Staff will be looking at other emergency protocols in the near future as well.
Districtwide, all principals on Tuesday attended a training session, held in conjunction with the Seattle Police Department, to review threat management, security protocols and crisis communications. Again, keeping our students safe is a top priority, and we appreciate our ongoing partnership with the Seattle Police Department in working with our schools and staff.
Finally, thank you to BiHoa Caldwell, who helped serve in a leadership role at the Center School during the interim. We look forward to continuing to work with Center School staff, students and families on making sure our community is safe.
I can only say, after hearing from a few Center School folks, that this matter may have been resolved but that there continue to be issues around Britsova's leadership there.