Oregon City Schools (OCS) is a leader in school safety. Beginning in January of 2019, three new School Resource Officers (SRO) began supporting each elementary school for a total of six total SROs who work full time in each of our schools. All six SROs are experienced Oregon Police officers with many years serving our community. We are very grateful for our partnership with the City of Oregon and for the safety of our students. Our current SROs are as follows:
Clay HS Officer Tim McLeod - email@example.com
Fassett JH Officer Mark Potter - firstname.lastname@example.org
Eisenhower Int Officer Sara Shaw - email@example.com
Coy Elem Officer Ted Moore - firstname.lastname@example.org
Jerusalem Elem Officer Jeff Costanzo - email@example.com
Starr Elem Officer Michael O'Conner - firstname.lastname@example.org
Additionally, beginning in the 18-19 school year, all employees are required to take an annual ALICE/Active Shooter Response Training through an on-line course with in-school scenario training. Students also receive on-going annual training from the school's SRO.
Emergency Tip Hotline and Email
The tip hotline or email should be used by anyone who wants to make OCS officials aware of potential threat or rumor of such threat by an individual to OCS students or employees. These contacts do not take the place of 911 or the local police. Always call the police with knowlegde of a crime or intent of a crime.
Safety and Health Infrastructure and initiatives
- Partnership with local Mental Health agency providing direct support to our students
- Threat Assessment Group (TAG) established to review all concerns with students who make a threat
- Upgraded cameras and camera systems in all school buildings
- Upgraded speaker systems in various schools buildings
- Cameras installed on all school buses
- Integrated phone and speaker systems in all school buildings
- Mobile phone system allowing direct voice access to each school building speaker system for instant communication from anywhere to schools
- Emergency buttons installed in each school building for instant initiation of school lockdown or weather emergency procedures
- Bullet resistent film installed in each building entry way for additional protection in case of intruder
- ALICE concepts taught to students and staff for the past 7 years
- Nurses employed at each school dealing with the increased medical needs of our students
- Mercy Health Center at OCS opened doors in November of 2014 servicing pediatric students and local community children. In 2022, Nationwide Children's Hospital took over operations of the Health Center.
- Evacuation agreements signed with local churches and business in case of full school evacuations
- OCS is an active part of the Davis Besse Emergency Plan
- Annual drug searches with area police dogs keeping our schools drug free
Student Safety and Parent Communication
The Oregon City School district considers the safety and well being of their students and staff of the utmost importance. Our District regularly coordinates with our local emergency management officials and law officials to monitor and update plans of actions for incidents which could impact our schools. Our district has well-established security measures in all our buildings. These include: Visitor check-in procedures, locked door after the start of the school day, surveillance cameras, and school resource officer support.
In the event of a disruption in the school day the following means of communication may be used depending on the severity of the incident to contact parents:
- Email/Text Messaging-Please make sure to keep your contact information updated when re-registering your student. Please be sure to opt in for the text messaging process. Please contact the building secretary with updates after the yearly re-registration process.
- Posted message on school website
- Letter sent home
- Phone message
- Press Release-Local Media