Grandhaven update and note of appreciation
Posted on 05/15/2015

A note of appreciation:

The McMinnville School District works closely with a variety of agencies to plan for student safety. The District wishes to express its appreciation to the McMinnville Police Department for their response to an anonymous phone threat made to Grandhaven Elementary School. Their response was rapid and comprehensive.

We also wish to recognize the Grandhaven staff for their response in prioritizing student safety. Grandhaven students were in good care by their teachers; the Grandhaven team is  truly an outstanding  group of adults who worked in cooperation with each other and with McMinnville PD to put children first.

This is a great time to remind us all to say thank you to a police officer and thank you to a teacher, support staff member or building administrator for all  they do on a daily basis on behalf of children.  Thank you!

Status of anonymous threats:

According to National School Safety and Security Services Oregon has four 2015 reports of anonymous threats which include Prairie City and John Day (combined report), Salem, Lincoln County and McMinnville. In 2014 California received 60 threats and Washington 37. The McMinnville School District reports threats to local law enforcement and other agencies as necessary. The Grandhaven anonymous call is under investigation by multiple agencies.

Community members can help minimize threats by making sure friends, family, neighbors and children know that threats of any kind are not funny and should never be considered a “prank”. Threats are never taken lightly. Social media, emails and phone communications with schools are best used to distribute or exchange information relevant to school activities and programs.

Emergency preparedness:

The McMinnville School District regularly conducts safety drills with staff and students in its schools. The District partners with County and City agencies to plan for various safety and prevention events.