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  • Safety Spotlight — District Leaders Join First Responders for Standard Response Protocol Review

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 10/11/2019 1:00:00 PM

    Local safety leaders engage in table top exercises around Standard Response Protocols.

    West Linn-Wilsonville schools practice a wide range of safety protocols and drills throughout the school year. Created by the I Love You Guys Foundation, district safety response protocols include evacuation/fire drills, lockout drills, lockdown drills, and shelter in place drills. Schools also practice earthquake drills, which

    West Linn-Wilsonville leaders regularly review Standard Response Protocols (SRPs), meeting with local law enforcement, Tualatin Valley Fire and Rescue officials, and other safety partners to improve practices. West Linn-Wilsonville hosts quarterly joint safety meetings, bringing key safety stakeholders together for this work.

    The district hosted safety partners on Wednesday, Oct. 9 to review the four SRPs and participate in table-top scenarios, talking through potential safety situations. The four Standard Response Protocols that schools practice are:

    Lockout — A lockout secures and locks the building’s entryways while safely sheltering all students, staff, and visitors inside the school building. This protocol allows the school day to continue within the building. A lockout is typically called when there is danger outside the school or in the surrounding area. This could be police activity or a dangerous animal in the surrounding area.

    Lockdown — A lockdown secures students, staff, and volunteers within classrooms while leaving entrances open for emergency personnel and law enforcement to clear the building. Lights are turned out, curtains are drawn, and staff and students hide out of sight until further instruction is given. A lockdown is called when there’s a threat of danger inside the building.

    Evacuate — An evacuation requires students, staff, and visitors to relocate to another area in the event of a fire, earthquake, or other emergency situation. Students and staff regularly practice evacuations, with designated areas student groups.

    Shelter in Place — A shelter in place protocol requires students and staff to take shelter inside the school in the event that hazardous materials are released into the atmosphere, or extreme weather circumstances exist. This protocol can vary on the situation.

    To learn more about standard response protocols, as well as other safety measures in place in West Linn-Wilsonville, please visit the Safety and Security portion of the District Website.

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  • District Receives Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting

    Posted by West Linn-Wilsonville on 10/9/2019 5:00:00 PM

    The West Linn-Wilsonville School District received the Certificate of Achievement for Excellence in Financial Reporting on Sept. 26. Awarded by the Government Finance Officers Association, the award was given for the District's comprehensive annual financial report (CAFR). The Certificate of Achievement is the highest form of recognition in the area of governmental accounting and financial reporting, and its attainment represents a significant accomplishment by a government and its management. 

    The CAFR was judged by an impartial panel to meet the high standards of the program, which includes demonstrating a constructive "spirit of full disclosure" to clearly communicate its financial story and motivate potential users and user groups to read the CAFR. 

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