Mail/Package Handling

Policy Approve By
Dr. Dean O. Stenehjem, Superintedent
Policy Date (original policy date)
Policy Prepared By
Wonder Baldwin, Secretary Administrative
Policy Category


For the safety of all WSSB employees who handle incoming mail or packages, the following procedures are put in place to help employees be aware of suspicious packages or mail that is received at WSSB.


When receiving mail for the Washington State School for the Blind, staff must be cautious of opening packages and letters that:

  • Is unexpected or from someone you don’t know.
  • Addressed to someone no longer at your address.
  • Is handwritten and has no return address or bears one that you can’t confirm is legitimate.
  • Is lopsided or lumpy in appearance.
  • Is sealed with excessive amounts of tape.
  • Is marked with restrictive endorsements such as “Personal” or “Confidential”.
  • Has excessive postage.

Precautions to take with a suspicious piece of mail:

  • Don’t handle a letter or package that you suspect is contaminated.
  • Don’t shake it, bump it, or sniff it.
  • Wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water.
  • Notify local law enforcement authorities by calling 911.