Vancouver district issues security statement in wake of Conn. shootings

Letters being sent home with students today

By Susan Parrish, Columbian education reporter

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Vancouver Public Schools on Monday issued a statement about the district's increased security measures.

Students at all schools will take home a letter from the building principal on Monday afternoon reiterating the district's additional security measures enacted in the aftermath of the school shooting in Connecticut on Friday.

That day, the district sent all district households a recorded phone message that stated: "In light of recent events across the country, Vancouver Public Schools is taking additional precautionary measures, including increased supervision and security, to ensure students and staff members are safe."

Samples of the letters and advice for parents to talk with their children about violent acts are posted on the district website.

The district said all staff members are trained in safety procedures and safety drills are conducted routinely at all schools and district buildings.

Tuesday is the last day of school before winter break begins in the Vancouver, Evergreen, Hockinson and La Center school districts. Students were released for winter break on Friday in the Battle Ground, Camas and Washougal districts. Thursday is the last day of school for the Ridgefield School District. Both Clark College and WSU Vancouver finished their final exams last week.