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Walla Walla schools practice reuniting students with parents in simulated evacuation

Walla Walla schools practice reuniting students with parents in simulated evacuation

Leaders from Walla Walla public schools held a drill at the county's fairgrounds Tuesday morning.

School officials said it's all part of the district's ongoing emergency training to prevent the chaos that would come with a real-time school evacuation.

Walla Walla schools communication director Mark Higgins said the simulation showed faculty what to do after the kids are safe and what they need to do before releasing students to their parents.

Higgins said practical events like this are an important part of showing parents their children are safe at school.

He said student safety is at the core of everything his team does.

"We want to make sure students are in a safe environment so our parents feel safe dropping them off," he explained. "If anything should happen, we want to make sure they know we have plans in place to mitigate the issue and move on."

Higgins told Action News each student has a list of adults they're allowed to leave with on file.

Children aren't allowed to leave with anyone not on the list, and he said it's important for parents to keep the names current.

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