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​Message from Superintendent Grotting on Student Safety

En Español

We at the Beaverton School District would like to express our deepest condolences to staff, students, families and community of Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. It is a sad day. All students and staff in our nation's schools deserve to feel safe while learning and teaching.

In light of this tragedy, we know many parents and community members might want additional information about how the Beaverton School District is ensuring the safety and security of our students and staff.

We have a very strong partnership with the Washington County Sheriff's Office, the Beaverton Police Department and local emergency managers. Our Public Safety Office has been working with local law enforcement and building administrators to implement the Standard Response Protocol and the Standard Reunification Method. I encourage you to visit our Public Safety webpage to familiarize yourself with these plans. We also are improving safety through a number of bond construction projects, thanks to the wonderful support of our Beaverton community.

As much as we proactively train and plan for emergency situations, tragedies like this event in Florida are certainly difficult to comprehend. We know it may trigger emotional responses among our students, parents, staff and community members, and we will do all we can to support them. Knowing what to say at home with your own children or family members can be challenging. In times like these, talking things over openly and  of course in an age-appropriate manner is helpful. I also know that as parents and family members you will navigate this carefully and decide about doing what is best at home for your own children.

Take care. Thank you for your ongoing support.

Don Grotting
Beaverton School District

Talking to Children about Traumatic Events

Disasters or incidents of violence can be disturbing to children. Whether it is a natural disaster, a man-made crisis or a violent incident, a child does not have to experience an event personally to feel anxiety. With recent events in the news, we want to provide a resource that may help guide conversations with students and children.

The Center for Parenting Education has a very comprehensive webpage with guidelines for talking to children about traumatic events.

It includes:

    • tips for talking to children of all ages about traumatic events
    • understanding children's reaction to trauma
    • how children show anxiety

We also encourage parents with specific concerns to reach out to school counselors or psychologists.

SafeOregon Tipline

Creating a safe learning environment is a critical part of helping each child achieve academic success. SafeOregon is a statewide school safety tip line that gives kids, parents, schools and their communities a way to report safety threats or potential acts of violence. SafeOregon gives​ students another path for communicating with school administration when school safety incidents occur.

How does SafeOregon work? 
Students, parents, and school staff can access SafeOregon through the web form on the SafeOregon website​, or by text, email, live call and mobile app.