Safety is a Priority
Maintaining a safe school environment is a priority of the Hillsboro School District. Many factors are critical to securing the safety and well-being of students during school hours and at school-sponsored activities. District staff collaborate with community partners to review and enhance district practices - and to provide training to staff and students in routine safety measures as well as emergency preparedness.
The Hillsboro School District is fortunate to have established strong partnerships with local social service agencies and law enforcement officials throughout the City and County. There are many proactive programs supported by these partnerships that are designed to protect the safety of students through educating, engaging and supporting them in making positive choices in their lives.
It is up to us all - parents, students, staff members, law enforcement - and the entire community to guide our students and provide education and resources to assist families to keep our schools and community a safe and respectful environment for all. We have provided several links to Safety information and Resources in our community. We encourage you to learn more about the information and tools available so we can work together in keeping kids safe.
Tips for Parents
Update emergency contact information with your child's school, including phone numbers to reach you or an authorized adult in the event of an emergency. Familiarize yourself with school procedures and review them periodically. Read school newsletters, information from principal, phone messages, etc. to ensure you are aware of any changes, or information that pertains to school safety.
Reinforce the importance of safety with your child. Discuss safety plans for your family in the event of an emergency. Communication is a key factor in maintaining a safe environment. Stay informed of District procedures for communicating to families and the public in the event of an emergency and/or inclement weather.
Reporting Child Abuse and Neglect
All citizens have a responsibility to protect those who cannot protect themselves. Members of the general public are encouraged to report suspected abuse or neglect. The Oregon Department of Human Services' website provides public information on recognizing signs and symptoms of child abuse and neglect - and reporting procedures for the general public.
DHS Child Abuse and Neglect - website
Child Abuse Reporting Hotline (Washington County)
If you know of someone who is in immediate danger, dial 911.
School Employees are Mandatory Reporters
Oregon state law, mandates that workers in certain professions must make reports if they have reasonable cause to suspect abuse or neglect. These people are called mandatory reporters and they are a crucial link in the system to protect Oregon’s most vulnerable citizens.
All Hillsboro School District staff are by law, Mandatory Reporters, and are required to undergo an annual training course/review of child abuse symptoms,and official reporting procedures for "Mandatory Reporters.
Dealing with Tragedy
Below are helpful resources for parents and students who may be struggling to cope with a tragedy:
- Talking To Children About Death A Brief Guide For Parents (English and Spanish)
- How Children Grieve and How Parents and Other Adults Can Support Them
- Recommendations for Helping Children Deal with Crises
- Taking Care of Yourself after a Crisis
- After a Suicide: A Toolkit for Schools
If you feel your child needs additional support during this time, please contact your school counselor.
In the event of a school shooting: