Today school administrators met with our community resource officer to continue monitoring our district’s efforts to increase school safety. A visible result of our work to increase safety will be the presence of Multnomah County Sheriff’s Citizen Patrol in our school parking lots before school, at lunch, and after school. The citizen patrol is comprised of about 35 volunteers who have been screened and trained by the the Multnomah County Sheriff’s Office. They are not officers but act as an extra set of eyes on the ground that can quickly communicate with an officer. Their sporadic patrols of the parking lot will begin in a few weeks. You will recognize the Citizen Patrol personnel by the florescent vests that they will be wearing.
Also this week a broad array of school personnel from across the region met to reconstitute SERRA a regional response consortium. SERRA school members have committed to meeting monthly to share best practices around school safety and emergency response preparedness.
Lastly, school personnel are working to review our safety plans. In the coming months we will conduct a “lock down drill” with students. Parents will be informed about the drill ahead of time as will all staff and students. If you have any questions please feel free to contact one of the school administrators.