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School staff 'aware, alert' after Reynolds shooting

In the wake of the deadly shooting at Reynolds High School in Troutdale Tuesday morning, Hillsboro School District officials acted quickly to reassure parents and patrons that district schools are safe and staff is trained and prepared in case of an emergency.

By early afternoon June 10 the district released a statement by Superintendent Mike Scott: “Hillsboro’s Safety Team and School Resource Officers (SROs) were notified immediately and are on alert to respond to any related incidents that may occur in our district.

Hillsboro has run full-scale drills with local law enforcement and emergency service providers to practice its response in the event of an active shooter incident. Though we hope we never have to put this training into action, we feel good about the collaboration and partnerships that are in place.”

Two years ago, the Hillsboro Police Department and the school district conducted four full-scale active shooter training drills at South Meadows Middle School.

School district communications director Beth Graser said the district’s nine school resource officers (Hillsboro police officers who work in the district’s four middle schools and four high schools), were all on alert in the wake of the Reynolds shooting, although there was no increased police or security presence at any of the schools.

“It’s hard when something happens. It seems like nowhere is safe,” Graser said. “We have a lot of caring adults in place.”

Graser said the district is “ahead of the curve” in planning and implementing multi-agency emergency drills.

“We have great partnerships in place,” she said.



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