First and foremost, I want to thank you for your understanding and support as we work to recover from Saturday’s fire at Beaverton High School. In our decision to cancel Tuesday’s classes and finals, we wanted to ensure that the building and the air quality were safe before students and staff return.
I also want to recognize the timing of this event. There is never a good time to have a fire, but particularly on the weekend before finals, I know it will put added emotional distress on students and staff. We will continue to put into place additional supports for students and staff.
I want to thank Tualatin Valley Fire & Rescue for their swift response in containing and putting out the fire. We are very lucky. It could have been worse. As I surveyed the damaged areas with first responders and Principal Anne Erwin on Saturday, I knew the recovery from this incident would be significant and would require all of us working together to help support the BHS community. We are doing our best to minimize the disruption when classes resume, with crews from Belfor Property Restoration and the BSD Facilities team working throughout the past four days.
It has been truly touching to see the community and BSD staff from across the district come together to help support BHS during this unsettling event. From BSD Facilities and Maintenance bringing in extra custodial support, to the Communications team ensuring we kept staff, parents and students informed with timely updates, the response to this incident has been incredible. We have received dozens of offers of help and support from community partners and colleagues, and we appreciate those as we move forward and continue to recover.
Beaverton High School has a strong foundation, with a deep history and tradition that date back more than 100 years. Forty years ago, the school community was devastated by another fire. Forty years ago, students, staff, community members and neighboring schools came together to help the school community through that event. This weekend’s response is proving to be no different. Our students, staff and community are resilient and we will emerge from this fire stronger than before.
Thank you for your support,
Don Grotting, Superintendent