Hermiston School District is deeply saddened by the events that took place in Parkland, Florida. Acts of violence occur across our country, and whether near or far, they have an effect on district staff, students, and community.

In difficult times students may turn to either their teachers, parents or a trusted adult to seek information and guidance that will help them process the events and gain a sense of security. Students may want to know what adults are doing to keep them safe at school, in their community, and at home. District officials encourage families to have conversations, creating a safe place for children to share their fears and concerns.

The National Association of School Psychologists (NASP) recommends the following strategies:

  • Reassure children that they are safe.
  • Make time to talk.
  • Keep your explanations developmentally appropriate.
  • Review safety procedures.
  • Observe children’s emotional state.
  • Limit television viewing of these events.
  • Maintain a normal routine.

Parents, staff, students and community members are also encouraged to report any safety threats by using SafeOregon, an anonymous tip line operated in cooperation with Oregon State Police. Information can be shared by calling or texting 844-472-3367, e-mailing tip@safeoregon.com, or via the website safeoregon.com.

The safety of students and staff is paramount. District officials continue to work on providing a safe environment where students can learn and thrive. Safety drills are conducted on a regular basis to prepare students and staff for various types of incidents.

The National Association of School Psychologists created an infographic and a document in English and other languages to assist your communication about violence.