School Safety

In Lebanon Community Schools (LCSD), we take safety seriously. Only when children are safe–and feel safe–can they focus on learning and growing. That is why we practice safety drills in our schools: when things are calm, we give students the knowledge and language to respond to unexpected situations.

While the majority of safety issues that arise in schools are handled quickly by trained staff, any unexpected interruption has the potential to leave students feeling upset or anxious–feelings that they take home. That is one of many reasons we believe in informing parents and caregivers about our approaches to safety; we are partners, and a shared understanding helps all of us.

LCSD, along with about 30,000 school districts nationally, follows the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). This protocol gives us–and our local law enforcement, staff, students, and parents–a common language and set of practices in the event of any incident on a school campus. You may read more about the SRP–or about The “I Love U Guys” Foundation–on their website.

The five actions of the SRP are as follows:

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Lockdowns may occur if there is potential threat inside a school. Since these are rare and can be scary, we ensure that drills are planned opportunities to educate students and staff. The example below shows a similar situation to what we practice in our schools–drills where students and staff are aware of what’s happening, where we partner with local law enforcement agencies as possible, and where our school teams debrief and take necessary action steps to bolster our safety going forward.

 

For our Family Empower Hour on September 13, 2022, we shared this and other safety information with parents in person and online. You may watch the presentation here.

 

And below is a letter from Superintendent Yates, addressing the issue of school safety as we opened the 2022-2023 school year. Among other things, he writes about SafeOregon, a tip line where anyone can anonymously send in information about any concerning issues at school. The tips are reviewed 24/7 and forwarded to those who can best address them, including law enforcement or school administrators. SafeOregon tips can be made via call or text to 844-472-3367, online, email at tip@safeoregon.com, or through the app.

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