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Sehome High School placed on “modified lockout” – Bellingham Police onsite investigating

Aerial view of Sehome High School. Source: Bellingham Public Schools

BELLINGHAM, Wash. — Officials with Sehome High School notified families today, December 3rd, about 12:15pm, that the campus had been put on “modified lockout” status.

Dear families,

We wanted to let you know that Sehome high school continues to be in a modified lockout.

Bellingham police are on site, and we are continuing to investigate a situation. We’re asking students to stay with their teachers in their classrooms, and we appreciate families not coming to Sehome to pick up their students at this time

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Students and staff are still engaged in learning, and we’re supporting students who have needs outside of the classroom. We will keep you updated as we learn more.

Thank you,

Your Sehome Administrative Team

Message to families from Sehome High School (December 3, 2021)

According to the Bellingham Public Schools website, the difference between a “lockout” and a “lockdown” is as follows.

  • “A Lockout is initiated when there may be a danger outside of the buildings or off campus. Students and staff are moved (or remain) in classrooms and perimeter doors remain locked, including the front office. Classroom instruction continues as normal, and necessary movement can occur within a building. Law enforcement will typically notify administration when the All Clear can be given.”
  • “A Lockdown is initiated when there may be an immediate threat or hazard near or on the school campus. Students and staff are moved (or remain) in classrooms, sit away from sight line of the doors or windows, and doors and windows are locked and covered.  Classroom activities cease until the incident concludes.  The office will be closed, and phones will not be answered.”

Sehome High School

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