Bethel School District Eugene OR

Important Message for our Prairie Mountain Community

Dear Prairie Mountain Family,

As you may already know there was a police officer-involved shooting outside of Cascade Middle School this morning. We are all relieved that there were no students or staff involved and all of them are safe.

 

By all accounts, the staff and students at Cascade responded quickly and correctly to the Lockdown. This is why we practice our ALICE safety procedures on Lockdowns, Lockouts, and communication with staff and families.

 

Although this tragic incident occurred at another Bethel school, some of our children at Prairie Mountain may be emotionally impacted by this news. Please let us know if you believe they may need counseling support at school on Monday. We are here to support our kids and families.

 

Children can be reassured that serious incidents like this at schools are very rare. We emphasize safety and regularly remind children that they must follow a teacher’s directions in an emergency situation.

 

We send all our thoughts to the students and staff at Cascade, who had a difficult day. And we reaffirm our conviction to keep our school as safe as it can be.

 

As always, contact me with any questions or concerns.

RW

2 Responses to Important Message for our Prairie Mountain Community

  • Dear Mrs. RW,
    Thank you for your immediate response to a tragic situation for our Bethel School District community.We appreciate the compassionate disclosure and regard for our students . I have been at school during a practice drill and witnessed well trained and confident Staff as they engaged students and followed protocol and procedure for a potential crisis. Children in the classroom remained calm and secure while participating ,and their Teacher offered specific reassurance about what they were doing all the time addressing children at their eye level..as a parent it gave me a sense of control and order ..I also wanted to acknowledge Mr. Pat McGillivary’s interview on the KEZI news special report: he articulated a clear and respectful presentation about Staff and Police Officer response . Sending support and care to all Cascade families and Staff..

  • Thank you Kathy. Hug your kids and grandkids this weekend. We’ll be working with Cascade in the next few weeks to provide all that they need. I would like to say that our Bethel leadership and the Eugene Police Department were amazing.

    We are Bethel Strong!

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