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Speak Up For Safety

Speak Up is a tipline that allows students to easily and confidentially report threats of violence, bullying, peers in crisis, and other imminent concerns that affect students' well-being and security. 
To leave a tip, call or text 971-529-0292, or email


Taking the Lead

Find out what Oregon Trail School District is doing to provide a safe, secure environment for students and staff.


Preparathon Week 1: Learn OTSD’s guidelines for parents to follow in a crisis

  • A school emergency can take many forms: a natural hazard, such as an earthquake or severe weather event; or an intruder in the school. We all hope it never happens, but we steadfastly prepare in case it does.

    In a school emergency, the first instinct as a parent is to pick up the telephone and call the school or rush to pick up your child. The truth is, this only complicates matters from a  safety and security standpoint.  Your best action is to stay close to your phone/device, and wait for updates and instructions. 

    1. We must keep phone lines open for emergency responders. Please do not call the school. You will be informed as soon as possible through various channels.
    2. Students may use their cell phone to send and receive text messages, but they will be asked to silence their phones or turn them on vibrate and to dim their screen. Please do not call your child’s cell phone.
    3. School access routes and entrance areas must remain clear for emergency vehicles. Do not immediately drive to the school. It is possible students will be relocated to an off-campus site for family reunification. 
  • During emergencies, heavy demand for communication services can quickly exceed the capacity of existing systems, limiting user access or shutting them down entirely. During a natural disaster,  access to and functionality of communication equipment and infrastructure may be limited. With that in mind, the district will attempt to initiate communications through various channels, including but not limited to:

    • ParentSquare: text, email, voice message, app
    • District/school website alerts
    • Social media: Facebook and Twitter
    • Flash Alert 
    • Reverse 911, if activated by a local emergency response agency
  • Please make sure your child’s school has accurate emergency contact information, including phone and email. Also, be sure to designate who may pick up your child from school in your absence.

  • Sandy Police officers have trained and prepared our school staff to respond to a security threat using Run, Hide, Fight protocols. All K-12 students are instructed by their teachers, age-appropriately, to follow the protocols.

    • If it is determined that a potentially dangerous situation is outside/near a school, the school will remain locked, the building will be monitored, and no one will be allowed to enter or exit the building until the situation is resolved.
    • If it is determined that a potentially dangerous situation is inside the school, staff will initiate a Run, Hide, Fight response to safeguard students.
  • The nature of a school emergency dictates the protocols school officials will initiate as a means to ensure the safety and well-being of students and staff.

    Depending on the emergency, students may be:

    • secured within their classroom or another location within the school building,
    • secured at an outside location on school grounds, or
    • relocated to an off-campus site for reunification with family.

    Please note: All parents or designees wishing to pick up students during a family reunification will need to show a photo ID.

Preparathon Weeks 2-10

    It took six months for the last child to be reunited with her family following Hurricane Katrina.

    It may seem scary to talk to your children about emergencies, or maybe it just never seems like the right time. That’s normal. But thinking and talking through worst-case scenarios can help prevent them from becoming worst-case realities. Ultimately, children will feel safer knowing what to do and understanding that adults are equipped to protect them.

    Create a Family Communication Plan:

    Provide a copy to each of your family members
    Place one in your emergency kit
    Put important numbers in your cell phone(s)

    Scary Simple: Text during a crisis

    Know your neighbors:

    Getting to know your neighbors can be helpful in a crisis because, after a disaster occurs, the people in closest proximity to you – and the people who will be able to help you most immediately – are your neighbors.

    Emergency alerts:

    Purchase a NOAA radio and extra batteries to make sure you receive emergency alerts. NOAA Weather Radio All Hazards (NWR) is a nationwide network of radio stations broadcasting weather service warnings as well as other hazard information 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.  Also, tune to 1660 AM for information/updates about local emergencies.

    OTSD Crisis Communications:

    During a disaster OTSD will attempt to communicate with families through our typical communications channels, depending on power and/or internet access. Channels could include: ParentSquare app/text/email, phone, website, Facebook, Twitter, and FlashAlert. If typical communication channels are down, we will post information at each school and other key community sites.


    Red Cross: How to Create an Emergency Preparedness Kit

    It won’t happen here: We like to think we live in safe neighborhoods, but the reality is that disasters pose a threat to everyone. While an emergency plan/kit cannot prevent the emergency, it can mitigate its effects, especially its harm to children who are dependent on parents/caregivers for their safety.

    Stay-Kit items

    A Stay-Kit is a kit you keep at home with items to get you through a disaster. This kit should consist of at least 72-hours worth of supplies, but preferably 2 weeks worth. Consider what you would want if you could not shop at a store in the aftermath of a disaster.



    When the fire starts

    Evacuation levels



    Go-Kit items:

    A Go-Kit is a kit of items you can take with you if you need to quickly evacuate. Many people store a Go-Kit in their vehicle as well as in their house. The kit can come in useful if you are stuck somewhere with your vehicle.

    This week make sure you have the following items stored in your vehicle or in a place that you can easily grab should you need to evacuate:

    • Extra change of clothing and shoes
    • Hygiene supplies, such as hairbrush, toothbrush, toothpaste, etc.
    • 1st aid kit
    • Whistle
    • Flashlight
    • Body warmers; thermal emergency blankets
    • Water; protein bars

    Commuter Emergency Plan: Make sure you have a plan for traveling between work and home, and other commonly visited locations, in case of an emergency. Before an emergency happens, list your normal and some alternative routes you can use to get to your destinations. Keep a copy of this plan in your wallet or another safe place where you can access it in the event of a disaster.

    Next week you’ll learn about creating a Go-Kit for your child.


    This week, build your child’s Go-Kit:

    • Child ID Kit
    • Family photo
    • Protein bar/snack
    • Water
    • Small toy/activity
    • Glow stick
    • Hygiene supplies
    • Socks, gloves
    • Medicine

    How to store your own emergency supply of water

    This is the most important item in your emergency kit!
    Store at least one gallon of water per person per day, and add an extra gallon per pet.

    Also this week – continue to build up at least a 72-hour supply of food for family members, or be even better prepared with a two week supply. Think about canned food that you would be willing to eat cold. Some good canned food options are tuna, chicken, and baked beans.


    KEEPING FAMILIES SAFE: Your Family Needs an Emergency Binder

    Being ready for a disaster is more than storing water and supplies. You also need to safeguard your finances and important papers.

    Important Papers:

    This week scan the following documents and save them to a flash drive to keep in your go-kit:

    • Proof of insurance (home, health, and vehicle)
    • Birth certificates
    • Marriage records
    • Wills or powers-of-attorney
    • Savings and checking information
    • Credit Card customer service information (if you need to cancel a card but do not have the card it is good to keep in a safe place)

    What do you know about your insurance?

    • Ask your insurance provider: What types of disasters are covered in your plan?
      • Do you have coverage for fires, earthquakes, floods?
    • Create a list of your valuables along with photos for documentation. Focus your energy on high-value items and continue working on your list as you find the time.

    Emergency Financial First Aid Kit


    How to Prepare a Pet for Disaster

    Yes, your best furry friend also needs an emergency supply kit! (Unless you plan on feeding him your canned tuna.)

    If you are like millions of animal owners nationwide, your pet is an important member of your household. Whether you decide to stay put in an emergency or evacuate to a safer location, you will need to make plans in advance for your pets.

    What’s the most important emergency item for your pet? A collar with identification!

    Other important items to prepare this week: 

    • A picture of you and your pet together
    • Pet sanitation supplies (litter, plastic bags)
    • Any medicines your pet takes regularly
    • A pet crate and bedding

    Information for pet owners


    When the Earth Shakes

    Secure your space by identifying hazards and securing items: Earthquake shaking can move almost anything, even large or heavy items. Imagine your home being picked up and shaken sideways – what would be thrown around? How can you prevent it?

    Get ShakeAlert® notifications! ShakeAlert is an earthquake early warning (EEW) system that detects significant earthquakes so quickly that alerts can reach many people before shaking arrives. ShakeAlert is not earthquake prediction, rather a ShakeAlert Message indicates that an earthquake has begun and shaking is imminent.


For more information about the district’s Emergency Operations Plan, contact Garth Guibord at 503-668-0679,, or Chelsea Lane at 503-668-6442,