Welcome to the Issaquah Middle School 
WalkAbout Program!

 

Training dates will be determined after a return to in person learning and volunteering is reinstated by the district.

Date: TBD

Time: TBD

Location: TBD

 

What is WalkAbout?

WalkAbout is a PTSA program providing positive adult presence on campus during peak times, primarily before school and during lunches, to help discourage inappropriate behavior, allowing students to feel safe while giving you a great volunteer opportunity impacting your child’s environment and providing a connection to middle school.

WalkAbout volunteers simply walk campus areas at designated times. It’s a longstanding program at IMS with a history of school administration and volunteer support. WalkAbout was started in 2001 and received a Washington State PTSA that same year.

WalkAbout needs lots of parents to keep our program vibrant and effective, and we want you!

 

How do I get involved?

To volunteer with WalkAbout there are two important steps to take:

  1. Be sure to have a completed current approved ISD volunteer application. This application must be completed each school year.
  2. Have attended a required WalkAbout training session.
  3. Sign-up for shift(s). Given the above steps have been completed, you will receive ongoing communication from the program regarding schedules. If you find you are not receiving these notices, please email walkabout@issaquahmiddleptsa.org.

 

Tell me more about Training.

Attendance at a WalkAbout training is required prior to volunteering for WalkAbout. You’ll hear directly from the Principal and PTSA about the mission and ins and outs of the program.

Training sessions are held twice each school year. The first being held in the fall (September) and second in the winter (January). Training is currently only required once for the duration of your participation in WalkAbout (i.e. attending once covers all years you volunteer).

Look for announcements regarding training sessions in the school and PTSA Enews and on the PTSA website. We encourage you to join the PTSA and when registering for the PTSA you can mark “WalkAbout” as an area of interest.

 

Questions or comments? Please e-mail: walkabout@issaquahmiddleptsa.org

 


Mission Statement/Purpose:  To provide a positive and safe learning environment for students by having trained parent volunteers at school during high traffic times (before/after school and lunchtimes) moving through the campus in pairs to discourage inappropriate behaviors and act as a positive adult presence.

The WalkAbout program coincides with the Issaquah School District "Safe and Positive Environment" policy.     


Perspectives on the WalkAbout Program

Written in June 2010 by Seth Adams (former IMS Principal)

 

I have had the privilege of observing and working with the WalkAbout program in two different schools and I have seen nothing but success. The saying goes, “It takes a village…”  The WalkAbout program allows this saying to become a reality. By having additional adult community members on campus there are a couple of different messages being sent. They are:

At IMS we value student safety. The WalkAbout parents help keep the students calm and provide a presence that encourages good kids to make good decisions. The parents increase our area of supervision significantly and provide a presence that is encouraging to the staff and kids alike. They head off problems before they begin and model to our young learners appropriate behaviors. Their smiles warm the spirits of students and staff alike!

At IMS we value our parents and guardians. The students see their own parents walking around the campus and this further reinforces the message that we work together in partnership for our students’ educational futures. Our WalkAbout parents show our kids that once they leave home, their parents still have a vested interest in their lives and it isn’t simply a matter of handing the kids off from one group of adults to another.

Because of the WalkAbout program, our building is a safer and more encouraging environment.