School leader addresses safety measures in Beaverton district

Beaverton School District Superintendent sent the following letter on Friday to school staff and the community.

"It is with sadness that we learned today of the tragic shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut. As a father of two young children, I am appalled and saddened by this tragedy, as I know we all are. When events like this occur, I automatically think of my own kids and worry about them as they grow up and experience life.

This tragic event is a terrible reminder of the importance of keeping safety procedures and policies in the forefront of our daily work and intentions. Safety is the number one priority of the Beaverton School District. We will review our current operational practices and will continue to work in close collaboration with the Washington County Sheriff's Office and the Beaverton Police Department to ensure our school buildings are as safe and secure as we can humanly make them.

Some examples of security measures in Beaverton: We require visitors of our schools to check into the main office, and we have a volunteer background check process for those who volunteer within the district. We are supported by WCSO and BPD with school resource officers throughout the district. We have a Threat Assessment Team and work in a proactive manner as a participant in the Safe Schools of Washington County Committee.

The safety of our students while they are in our care is of the utmost importance. Please keep the families of Sandy Hook Elementary in your thoughts and prayers during this very difficult time."