The tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Florida is a devastating reminder of the importance of school safety. If you haven’t yet, please read the message sent Thursday from our Security Services Director, George Weatheroy . It speaks to the ways we ensure safe learning environments throughout Portland Public Schools.
Knowing that some students struggle with mental health, issues related to trauma, and ways to manage anger reminds me that relationships are the most important tool we have in keeping our school safe. Our relationships begin simply with knowing a person’s name, and continue on in all the things we know about an individual based on shared feelings and experiences. Teaching is all about those elements, and to that end we are the most important players in the safety of Forest Park Elementary. I'd like to take a moment and talk about the ways we keep FPE safe so that our families know we work together for community safety.
Portland Fire and Rescue attended our monthly FPE Safety Committee meeting. We heard from Station #27’s (Skyline) finest about the ways they plan for emergency response. In particular, they took pictures of our campus, corridors, hallways and stairwells as well as heard about our response if an active shooter were on campus or within our school building. Here are some pieces of feedback I want you to know about:
We practice three kinds of safety drills outside of Fire and Earthquake. They are:
Given new information, PPS District leaders have decided the Pioneer Program will remain at the Holladay-Youngson facility for the 2018-19 school year. PPS remains committed to ensuring that all students receive a high quality educational experience in a positive and supportive learning environment.
On Wednesday, students across the nation chose to speak out on the issue of school safety. In many school communities, students observed a moment of silence and walked out of class to give voice to their thoughts and feelings. We should all listen.The horrific mass shootings that have taken student lives in recent years have provoked an incredibly important dialogue and created a valuable “teachable moment” for all of us.
With Grant putting an exclamation point on winter by winning a state title in boys basketball, it’s time to turn the page on sports seasons. Competition in high school spring sports started last week. Here’s a quick overview of the Portland Interscholastic League:
9:30 AM - 10:30 AM 3rd Gr. - Mr. Washington (Vanport Presentation)
9:00 AM - 11:30 AM 2nd Gr. Franz Bakery
3:00 PM - 5:00 PM Board Finance, Audit and Operations (FAO) Committee Meeting
If your child will be absent from school, please call the attendance hotline: 503-916-6168.