Emergency Preparedness


Positive School Climate

Safe schools are fundamental to students' school successes and achievements. Providing a safe and orderly school environment is an ever-present priority of Bend-La Pine Schools. Here, school safety is addressed through a comprehensive approach that focuses on planning, prevention, intervention and response. Systems and programs are in place that create caring school communities where students and staff feel safe and supported. Bend-La Pine Schools is committed to ensuring psychologically safe, healthy learning environments.

We Value Community Partnerships and Empower Students and Staff

Key to the process of building and maintaining safe schools is the development of active partnerships between schools, parents and communities. Bend-La Pine Schools is a founding partner of the Safe Schools Alliance (established in 1998). The goal of the alliance is to provide safe and secure school environments through community and interagency partnerships among students, parents, education, mental health, community justice and law enforcement. This network of regional school districts and partner agencies meet monthly to share information, discuss items of common interest and concern, advise member agencies on the adoption of policy and explore curriculum and programs that increase positive school climates for our 17,500 students and the region’s more than 30,000 students.


Bend-La Pine Schools understands the importance of training and practicing emergency protocols with students and staff in order to prepare them to respond safely in a variety of emergency situations. Drills help develop response actions and enhance the district’s and each school’s level of preparedness.

Oregon laws require that all schools conduct a Fire Drill once per month and two Earthquake Drills (with complete evacuation) each school year. Bend-La Pine Schools also requires its schools to conduct at least one Lockdown, Lockout and Shelter-in-Place training and/or drill each school year. Schools may choose to complete additional Evacuation, Reverse Evacuation, and/or Room Clear drills annually.

Oregon law requires two Bus Safety Drills for students who regularly ride the bus each school year, one of which must include students who do not regularly ride the bus. These drills/trainings are delivered by Bend-La Pine Schools Transportation Department personnel.

Parents are advised to follow instructions and participate in safety exercises that take place while they are inside the school at the time of a drill.

Prevention and Intervention

Staff use Positive Behavior Intervention and Supports (PBIS) model in 21 of our schools. PBIS is an evidence-based approach designed to have a positive impact on school climate and culture, thereby increasing school safety. PBIS is a decision making framework that guides selection, integration and implementation of the best evidence-based academic and behavioral practices for improving important academic and behavior outcomes for all students.

Staff use Collaborative Problem Solving (CPS) tools that give students the ability to identify and articulate their concerns, hear the concerns of others, and take each others’ concerns into account in working toward mutually satisfactory solutions.

Currently three staff are certified Crisis Prevention Intervention (CPI) trainers and more than 300 staff are CPI trained.

Bullying prevention and emotional growth messaging is weaved throughout our instruction. Clubs are active in all of our schools, offering students opportunities for involvement in numerous groups including Where Everyone Belongs (WEB), Robotics and Uni-cycling – to name a few.

Bend-La Pine Schools staffs schools in ways that ensure students have access to mental and behavioral health support at school:

  • Full-time counselors meet with students each day at our middle and high schools.
  • School psychologists provide student support and advocacy at all elementary, middle and high schools.
  • Two full-time therapists support our highest needs students at schools in the region.
  • Students exhibiting risky behavior are screened and provide mental health support as needed.
  • When risky behavior escalates, school staff partner with Deschutes County Mental Health professionals to administer a Safe Schools Assessment and offer additional options for community and school based wrap around services.


During an emergency we will secure your students and our staff using our emergency protocols

In the case of a Lockdown, fire or evacuation a district representative will send you a text alert after staff and students have been secured and if you are subscribed to BLConnect

You can subscribe at https://connect.bend.k12.or.us.

(We also use this system to alert you of weather delays and closures)

Your school will email or call you with an update as soon as is reasonable and the situation has been stabilized.

In the event of a crisis response, parents are asked to stay away from campus so that emergency responders access is not impeded and to wait for instructions from school and emergency personnel. These instructions may include information about how/where to reunite with your student(s).


All staff receive the following training annually:

  • Bullying: Recognition & Response
  • Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting
  • Dating Violence: Identification and Prevention
  • Homeless Students: Awareness and Understanding
  • Sexual Conduct: Staff-to-Student
  • Bloodbore Pathogens

Staff who are also OSAA coaches or club or activity advisers receive additional training each year, which may include:

  • Concussion Awareness
  • CPR and First Aid
  • Steroid Awareness
  • Heat Exhaustion Awareness

Paid or volunteer coaches who are not regular Bend-La Pine Schools employees are required to receive the following training annually:

  • Bullying: Recognition & Response
  • Child Abuse: Mandatory Reporting
  • Sexual Conduct: Staff-to-Student
  • Bloodbore Pathogens

Additional safety training:

All staff and students practice Lockdown, Lockout, Shelter-in-Place,Fire and Earthquake drills each year.

Representatives from all schools received risk assessment training in August.

Staff at all schools received Active Threat training during the 2013-14 school year.

We have trained staff who can identify and respond to medical and mental health emergencies in our schools, which may include nurses, CPR and first aid responders, and staff members who are trained in Applied Suicide Intervention Skills Training and QPR (Question, Persuade, and Refer).

Administrators and supervisors took ICS 100 Introduction to the Incident Command System for Schools and NIMS 700 National Incident Management System.

Visitors and Volunteers

  • All visitors and volunteers must use the main entrance when entering - and again when leaving - a Bend-La Pine Schools school or facility during the teacher contract day.
  • All visitors and volunteers are required to sign-in at the main office and receive an ID badge. This ID badge must be returned at the conclusion of the visit and the visitor/volunteer must sign-out with the front office.
  • Visitor and volunteer badges and sign-in/sign-out terminals must be under control of office staff. Badges and sign-in/out sheets may not be self-serve.
  • Visitors and volunteers to a school who do not wish to sign in and receive an ID badge may not enter any area beyond the main office.
  • Staff visiting from other buildings or locations should enter through the main entrance and show district issued photo ID.

Reporting Suspicious/Unsafe Behavior or Activities

We encourage students and parents to report suspicious or dangerous activity that you have heard, read or seen to:

  • 9-1-1
  • Our staff
  • A school resource officer

We remind students that they can help keep their school safe.

Students are encouraged to:

  • Report threats and suspicious activity made by students or community members.
  • Communicate concerns to school administrators.
  • Access help and resources for emotional needs.

Students are required to:

  • Stay within established school boundaries during the day.
  • Check with the Attendance Office when leaving early or arriving late.

Students are:

  • Supported when they report bullying to school employees.


School Resource Officers

We have school resource officers assigned to all of our schools:
  • Bend Police Officers work in the City of Bend
  • Deschutes County Sheriffs Officers work in our schools located in the County (Bend, La Pine and Sunriver)