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PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGES

This page will list all current and future public safety related messages including building closures and other student safety related incidents such as lockouts and lockdowns.

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SHSD Public Safety Messages

At the St. Helens School District, we are committed to maintaining a strong partnership with parents like you as we work together to provide the very best education for our students. One fundamental aspect of this partnership is open communication and transparency. 

 

The following email aims to inform parents of a situation involving a student at Lewis & Clark Elementary. During lunch recess for second-grade students, school officials became aware of a verbal threat made from one second-grade student to another. In this case, the student then directed his threats towards staff as well.

Whenever a threat is made, the School Team initiates the threat assessment process to evaluate the seriousness of the threat and determine the appropriate course of action. In this instance, the investigation is underway, and the family is working with our team to ensure all safety protocols are met. 

The safety of our students and staff is and will always be our first priority. We want to thank those who came forward to report the incident and the staff for quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

St. Helens Middle School Public Safety Message 10.30.2023

At the St. Helens School District, we are committed to maintaining a strong partnership with parents like you as we work together to provide the very best education for our students. One fundamental aspect of this partnership is open communication. 

At approximately 3:15 p.m. this afternoon, St. Helens Middle School placed a 911 call for a staff member who was having a medical emergency. 

Paramedics and emergency vehicles were on the scene assisting the staff member when school was letting out today, which may have caused some delays. 

We would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved. 

St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 10.27.2023

At the St. Helens School District, we are committed to maintaining a strong partnership with parents like you as we work together to provide the very best education for our students. One fundamental aspect of this partnership is open communication. 

At approximately 10:00 am this morning, the fire alarm for the portable buildings went off, which prompted the immediate evacuation of the students and staff. The rest of the school was placed on a 'Hold' while local first responders assessed the situation. 

At the same time, administrators received notification via our electronic monitoring systems of district devices that a student typed they had an explosive device in their possession. Law enforcement was immediately notified, and the student, who was already outside the school during the evacuation, was pulled aside to determine the validity of the claim by administrators and to keep all students and staff safe. Law enforcement arrived quickly, conducted a search, and determined the student was not in possession of any explosive device, and there was no immediate threat. A threat assessment protocol has been initiated to determine if any additional actions need to take place beyond disciplinary action for violating district policy.

At approximately 10:15 a.m., the ‘Hold’ was lifted, and classes resumed their regular schedule and evacuated students and staff returned to the portables. It was determined that a fire alarm was pulled from inside one of the portables. 

For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel, follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. 

All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved. 

Lewis & Clark Elementary Public Safety Message 9.19.2023

At the St. Helens School District, we are committed to maintaining a strong partnership with parents like you as we work together to provide the very best education for our students. One fundamental aspect of this partnership is open communication. Today, at approximately 12:50 p.m., the Clark Wing at Lewis & Clark Elementary was placed on 'Hold' due to a student medical emergency, during which local paramedics attended to the student. When a school is placed on 'Hold,' it means that all students and staff are to stay where they are and keep the area clear. At approximately 1:09p.m., the 'Hold' was lifted, and classes resumed their regular schedule. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel, follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our website HERE.  All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 5.25.2023

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. At approximately 8:45 am this morning, St. Helens High School was placed on ‘Hold’ due to a student medical emergency, during which local paramedics attended to the student. When a school is placed on ‘Hold,’ it means that all students and staff are to stay where they are and keep the area clear. At approximately 9:18 am, the ‘Hold’ was lifted, and classes resumed their normal schedule. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel, follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Lewis & Clark Elementary Public Safety Message 5.17.2023

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. At approximately 10:42 am this morning, Lewis & Clark Elementary was placed on ‘Hold’ due to a staff medical emergency, during which local paramedics attended to the staff member. When a school is placed on ‘Hold,’ it means that all students and staff are to stay where they are and keep the area clear. At approximately 11:30 am, the ‘Hold’ was lifted, and classes resumed their normal schedule. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel, follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

ST. HELENS MIDDLE SCHOOL PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE 5.3.2023

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform families that the St. Helens Middle School Administrative team was made aware of a verbal threat that was then shared by other students through text message. Upon notification, the School Administrative Team contacted local law enforcement, who responded to the building before the start of the school day to start their investigation with the student in question. The student has remained with the School Administrative Team and local law enforcement since arriving at school, and law enforcement has determined that the student in question did not have a weapon. Whenever a threat is made, the School Administrative Team begins the threat assessment process, working in collaboration with local law enforcement and the family to determine the viability of the threat and the next steps that need to be taken. At this time, our local law enforcement partners are completing their investigation and will work with the School Administrative Team to discuss their findings and next steps. The safety of our students and staff is and will always be our first priority. We want to thank the parents and students who came forward to report the incident, the staff for quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved, and local law enforcement for their quick response, thorough investigation, and commitment to student safety.

ST. HELENS HIGH SCHOOL PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE 4.17.2023

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform parents that at approximately 1:05 pm, per local law enforcement request, St. Helens High School has been placed in a ‘secure’ as a preventative safety measure for law enforcement activity in the area. At approximately 1:15 pm, the ‘secure’ was lifted. In addition to the 'secure,' there was also a medical emergency that arose during the same time, which was addressed, and the individual was attended to. When a school is placed in a ‘Secure,’ all students and staff are to stay inside the building with the exterior doors locked, and those students outside are directed to come inside the building. School goes on as usual, with students staying inside the building until the ‘Secure’ is lifted. All students and staff are safe and are going about their regular schedules. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel, follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

MCBRIDE ELEMENTARY PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform parents that at approximately 1:05 pm, per local law enforcement request, McBride Elementary has been placed in a ‘secure’ as a preventative safety measure for law enforcement activity in the area. At approximately 1:15 pm, the ‘secure’ was lifted. When a school is placed in a ‘Secure,’ all students and staff are to stay inside the building with the exterior doors locked, and those students outside are directed to come inside the building. School goes on as usual, with students staying inside the building until the ‘Secure’ is lifted. All students and staff are safe and are going about their regular schedules. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel, follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

PLYMOUTH HIGH SCHOOL PUBLIC SAFETY MESSAGE 1.25.2023

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform parents that a student reported an alleged assault that took place last night away from campus outside of school hours. While describing the incident to school officials, a threat of harm was made, and school officials quickly followed district safety protocols. Local law enforcement was immediately notified, and at approximately 8:35 am, the school was placed in a “Secure.” When a school is placed in a ‘Secure,’ all students and staff are to stay inside the building with the exterior doors locked, and those students outside are directed to come inside the building. School goes on as usual, with students staying inside the building until the ‘Secure’ is lifted. At approximately 9:30 am, the ‘Secure’ was lifted, and Plymouth High School resumed its regular schedule. All students and staff are safe and are going about their regular schedules. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel, follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

St. Helens Middle School Public Safety Message 1.12.2023

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform parents that a SHMS student chose to prank call 911 today and while on the call, the student made a threat of harm toward the school. Whenever a threat is made, the administrative team starts the threat assessment process, working with local law enforcement and the family to determine the viability of the threat and the next steps that need to be taken. At this time, local law enforcement and the SHMS Administrative team have determined this is not a viable threat but a prank made by the student. We take safety very seriously at St. Helens Middle School and will not tolerate any kind of threat of violence on our campus. Our first priority is the safety of our students and staff, which is why the St. Helens School District and local first responders partner together to ensure that safety is always at the forefront. We want to thank the 911 dispatchers and staff for quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved and local law enforcement for their quick response, thorough investigation, and commitment to student safety.

St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 12.15.2022

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. At approximately 11:50 am this morning, St. Helens High School was placed on ‘Hold’ due to a student's medical emergency, during which local paramedics attended to the student. When a school is placed on ‘Hold,’ it means that all students and staff are to stay where they are and keep the area clear. At approximately 12:02 pm, the ‘Hold’ was lifted, and classes resumed their normal schedule. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 12.12.2022

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. Today, during lunch period, a student experienced a medical emergency that was witnessed by a large number of students. Thanks to the quick actions of both students and staff, the student was taken to a nearby office for their own safety and privacy as they awaited emergency personnel to arrive. We want to thank all those involved for following protocols set in place for such events so that emergency personnel could get to the student quickly and safely. All those within the building are safe, and we would like to once again thank our students and staff for quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Plymouth High School Public Safety Message 12.9.2022

The St. Helens School District is dedicated to maintaining a strong partnership with parents to provide the very best education for our students. The key to that partnership is open communication. This message is to inform parents that at approximately 9:20 am this morning, Plymouth High School was placed on ‘Hold’ due to a student's dysregulation, during which the student was attended to by school personnel and outside agencies. When a school or classroom is placed on ‘Hold,’ all students and staff are to stay where they are and keep the area clear. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel, follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you want further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe, and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

Lewis & Clark Elementary Safety Message 11.1.2022

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform parents that the School Team at Lewis & Clark Elementary was made aware of a threat that a student made out of anger toward another student and a staff member. Upon notification, the School Team contacted local law enforcement who responded to the building and were present at the end of the school day today, which was witnessed by students and families. Whenever a threat is made, the School Team begins the threat assessment process, working in collaboration with local law enforcement, and the family to determine the viability of the threat and the next steps that need to be taken. At this time, our local law enforcement partners are completing their investigation and will work with the School Team to discuss their findings and next steps. The safety of our students and staff is and will always be our first priority. We want to thank those who came forward to report the incident, the staff for quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved, and local law enforcement for their quick response, thorough investigation, and commitment to student safety.

St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 10.31.2022

St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 10.31.2022 The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. At approximately 1:24 pm this afternoon, district administrators were contacted by local law enforcement to place St. Helens High School in a ‘Secure’ for a police investigation that was taking place within a mile of the school building. When a school is placed in a ‘Secure’, all students and staff are to stay inside the building with the doors locked and those students outside are directed to come inside the building. School goes on as usual with students staying inside the building until the ‘Secure’ is lifted. At approximately 1:31 pm the ‘Secure’ was lifted and SHHS resumed its regular schedule. All students and staff are safe and are going about their regular schedules. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.

St. Helens Middle School Public Safety Message 10.30.2022

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform parents that the SHMS Administrative team has been made aware of a situation concerning a possible threat made by a SHMS student. The middle school administrative team is working with local law enforcement who are contacting the student and their family. Whenever a threat is made, the administrative team starts the threat assessment process, working with local law enforcement and the family to determine the viability of the threat and the next steps that need to be taken. Out of an abundance of caution, you may notice an increased police presence at school tomorrow to maintain a safe environment. The safety of our students and staff is and will always be our first priority. We want to thank those who came forward to report the incident, the staff for quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved, and local law enforcement for their quick response, thorough investigation, and commitment to student safety.

St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 10.29.2022

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. The following email is an effort to inform parents that the SHHS Administrative team has been made aware of a threat that a student made out of anger toward students attending the SHHS homecoming dance this evening. The high school administrative team has contacted local law enforcement who are in touch with the student and their family. Whenever a threat is made, the administrative team starts the threat assessment process, working with local law enforcement and the family to determine the viability of the threat and the next steps that need to be taken. At this time, local law enforcement and the SHHS Administrative team have determined there is no immediate threat, and the student in question will not be attending the dance tonight and will be under parental supervision. However, out of an abundance of caution, we will have increased police presence at our homecoming dance this evening. The safety of our students and staff is and will always be our first priority. We want to thank those who came forward to report the incident, the staff for quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved, and local law enforcement for their quick response, thorough investigation, and commitment to student safety.

St. Helens High School Public Safety Message 10.21.2022

The 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. The key to that partnership is open communication. At approximately 8:45 am this morning, a St. Helens High School classroom was placed on ‘Hold’ due to a student's medical emergency, during which, the student was attended to by local paramedics. When a school or classroom is placed on ‘Hold’ it means that all students and staff are to stay where they are and keep the area clear. In this instance, the classroom was cleared and moved to a nearby classroom to allow local medical personnel to attend to the medical needs of the individual. At approximately 9:05 am the ‘Hold’ was lifted and classes resumed their normal schedule. Since this event was witnessed by other students, we have brought in counselors who are available to those students who were on the scene for extra support. For the safety of our students and staff, our district, along with local emergency response personnel follow the I Love U Guys Safety Protocols. If you would like further information on how we use these protocols to respond to incidents when they arise, you may review this information on our webpage HERE. All those within the building are safe and we would like to thank students and staff for calmly and quickly following the protocols set in place for such events to ensure the safety of everyone involved.