Public Safety Messages 2018-2019

  • St. Helens High School Public Health Message

    On Monday, October 21, St. Helens High School learned that one of their students passed away over the weekend. At this point, doctors suspect bacterial meningitis (Neisseria meningitides) caused his death. Test results are expected later this week to pinpoint the exact cause of death. Columbia County Public Health is conducting an investigation to determine who had contact with the deceased student. Public Health staff is directly contacting individuals who were potentially exposed to make sure they get preventive antibiotics. If you have any questions about this information, please call Columbia County Public Health at 503-397-7247.

    Comments (-1)
  • UPDATED - St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 10.15.2019

    At 3:40 pm the lockout at St. Helens High School was lifted. Students will continue with their regular dismissal process home. Students taking the bus home will arrive home later due to the late dismissal. Thank you for your patience.

    Comments (-1)
  • St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 10.15.2019

    As a precautionary measure, St. Helens High School was placed in a Lockout today, October 15 at 3:10 pm due to police activity in the area. All students and staff are safe. More updates to follow.

    Comments (-1)
  • St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 9.23.2019

    St. Helens School District is dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents in our effort to provide the very best education for our students. Key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform our parents of a recent incident. At 12:10 a.m. this morning, we received an anonymous SafeOregon Tip that notified us that a student had posted a picture on Snapchat holding a gun 30 minutes earlier. We take any report of this kind seriously and immediately contacted St. Helens Police Department. They conducted a home visit at 2:00 a.m. this morning and determined there was no immediate danger. Any time there is a safety concern that involves our school, a threat assessment is conducted that involves our threat assessment team (administrator, social worker, and teachers). A threat assessment was convened this morning and the student and parent were immediately interviewed. At this time, the team has determined there is no viable threat of violence. Parents are encouraged to talk with their students regarding appropriate use of social media. It is important to know that once a picture or statement is posted on the web or on an app, it can be immediately available to a large number of viewers, which can result in a significant impact that may or may not be the intent of the one creating the post. We are grateful that our students feel comfortable using our reporting processes and tools in order to keep our school and community safe.

    Comments (-1)
  • St. Helens School District Public Safety Message 4.19.2019

    We are dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents in our effort to provide the very best education for students. Key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform our community of a possible concern. Columbia City Police received a report this morning of an unconfirmed cougar sighting today at the corner of Sixth and E Street in Columbia City. An area search shows no signs of this type of animal present. If you see a cougar please report it to the police immediately. We have attached an informational brochure for your reference. Please be aware that if additional information becomes available we will continue to update our community.

    Comments (-1)
  • UPDATED: McBride Elementary Public Safety Message 3.15.2019

    At 10:20 am the lockout was lifted and school is proceeding as usual. All students are safe. Thank you for your patience.

    Comments (-1)
  • MCBRIDE ELEMENTARY PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE 3-15-2019

    As a precautionary measure, McBride Elementary was placed in Lockout, today, March 15 at 9:35am due to police activity in the area. All students and staff are safe. More updates to follow.

    Comments (-1)
  • UPDATED - St. Helens Middle School Public Safety Message 2/21/2019

    At 9:00 am the lockout was lifted and school is proceeding as usual. All staff and students are safe. Thank you for your patience.

    Comments (-1)
  • St. Helen Middle School Public Safety Message 2/21/2019

    As a precautionary measure, St. Helens Middle School was placed in Lock Out today, February 21, 2019, at 8:25 am. All students and staff are safe and classes are running as usual.

    Comments (-1)
  • McBride Elementary Public Safety Message 2/15/2019

    As a precautionary measure, McBride Elementary was placed in Lock Out today, February 15, 2019, at 8:27 am due to police activity in the area. At 8:56 am, the Lock Out was lifted. All students and staff are safe and classes are running as usual.

    Comments (-1)
  • UPDATED - St. Helens Middle School Public Safety Message 11.8.2018

    The lockout has been lifted and school is proceeding as usual. All staff and students are safe. Thank you for your patience.

    Comments (-1)
  • St. Helens Middle School Public Safety Message 11/8/2018

    St. Helens Middle School is currently in a lockout and hold due to an individual student safety issue. Routine protocol has been put in place to help keep and maintain safety. Students and staff remain in their classrooms until the issue has been resolved and instruction will proceed as normal. As soon as the issue has been resolved school will return to its regular schedule. St. Helens Middle School Resource Officer resource officer is on scene and all staff and students are safe. We will update you when the situation has changed.

    Comments (-1)
  • Columbia City Elementary Public Safety Message 10/17/2018

    Today at Columbia City Elementary a poorly written note was found indicating a potential bomb threat. The students involved have been identified and have confessed to the hoax.

    Comments (-1)
  • St. Helens Middle School Public Safety Message 9/20/2018

    Today there was an unfortunate incident before school started in which a student brought several bright orange cap guns to school and handed them out to others. At no time were any children in danger and the replica weapons were confiscated.

    Comments (-1)