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Caring for OTSD students during a crisis

The Oregon Trail School District’s Emergency Operations Plan was developed in cooperation with local emergency response agencies and is based on FEMA’s National Incident Management System. The plan describes guidelines for responding to specific crisis situations, including natural disasters and school intruders. Practice drills are held throughout the school year and staff members participate in on-going training exercises. In the event of a natural disaster such as an earthquake, OTSD schools are prepared for sheltering-in-place with emergency supplies, water and food.

Guidelines for parents to follow during a crisis

We ask that parents follow these 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, text, email, social media, district website, and local news stations. Opt-in to receive emergency text notifications by texting “Yes” to 67587.
  • Your child may be moved to another site. We will notify you if this occurs.
  • The school will hold students until a parent or designee picks them up.
  • All parents or designees wishing to pick up students will need to show photo ID.
  • 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. ALSO, be sure to designate who may pick up your child from school in your absence.

For more information about the district’s Emergency Operations Plan, contact Julia Monteith at 503-668-0679, julia.monteith@ortrail.k12.or.us, or visit our Student Safety & School Security webpage.