In a letter to parents on January 7th, Portland Adventist Academy (PAA) addressed safety concerns following an incident nearby the day before.
On Sunday, January 6th, a home invasion turned for the worse, ending in an officer-related shooting. (See more on the situation at https://bit.ly/2ACZO32.)
In part, the letter read, "Yesterday, Sunday January 6, 2019, there was a police-related shooting death in a home near the corner of SE Market and 96th Streets.
While the situation did not pose an immediate threat to PAA's students, staff, or property, this is a good opportunity to highlight the importance of safety and security at our school.
At PAA, our students’ safety comes first. Always.
Because of this, the following security measures are in place:
NEW THIS YEAR: Additional Locked Security Doors in the front office entry (SE 96th St.)
NEW THIS YEAR: Strengthened relationship with police (a PAA-assigned Police Officer)
Exterior doors and south gates remain locked throughout the school day
Required guest sign-in and approved identification name badges (including parents)
Required front entry access for students arriving to school after 1st period
Security cameras located throughout the school building and campus
This is also a timely opportunity to remind our community of the importance of honoring campus hours. PAA does not have the staffing to supervise students outside of regular building hours, therefore, it is vital that students be picked up or headed home by 5pm Monday through Thursday and by 2pm on Friday, unless a student is involved with a school-sponsored event.
We thank you for trusting us with your child and for working with us to keep all of our students safe. It is a privilege to educate and guide students to live a Christ-centered and character-driven life."