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Student Safety & School Security

Information for parents and guardians

The Oregon Trail School District’s Emergency Operations Plan was developed in cooperation with local emergency response agencies and is based on the National Incident Management Systems (NIMS) concept of operations. The plan delineates guidelines for responding to specific crisis situations. A school crisis could take a number of forms including fire, earthquake, severe weather, or an intruder in or near the school. Practice drills are held throughout the school year and staff members participate in training exercises.

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Guidelines for parents to follow during a crisis

We ask that parents cooperate with the following directions:

  • Please do not call the school.We must keep phone lines open for emergency responders.
  • Do not immediately drive to the school.School access routes and entrance areas must remain clear for emergency vehicles.
  • If phone lines are working, you will receive a message from the school as soon as possible.
  • Other sources of communication may include: FlashAlert, email, social media, district website, and local news stations.
  • Reunification with your child may occur at a different location than the school.
  • No student will be dismissed unless a parent or designee comes for him or her.
  • All parents or designees wishing to pick up students will need to show photo ID.
  • The school will hold students until a parent or designee can pick them up.
  • There may be instances when a high school student may not be allowed to move a vehicle from the school parking lot. In this case, parents will be advised to pick up the student.
  • In some circumstances, high school students may be released on their own.
  • Please ensure that your child’s emergency contact information, phone and email, is accurate and current.

For more information about the district’s Emergency Operations Plan, contact Julia Monteith at 503-668-0679,

Helpful websites: Be informed, make a plan, build a kit. This site will help you prepare for natural disasters such as an earthquake or fire. Games and activities teach kids about natural disasters and how to stay safe.
American Red Cross: Prepare! A Resource Guide
PublicAlerts: Sign up for real-time local emergency info
FlashAlert: Sign up for school emergency/weather closure info
AlertID: This electronic neighborhood watch service will notify you of potential threats near your home

Check your app store for these free smart phone apps:
SchoolDude Crisis Manager: Oregon Trail Students & Families
FEMA (disaster readiness & response)
Red Cross First Aid

Say Something: Empowering students to save lives

Run, Hide, Fight: Taking action when there is a threat to school safety

Family Prepare-a-thon: Be prepared for a disaster