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Student safety steps outlined by board

Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill, left, and Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue Chief Bob Palmer described [to the D21 school board last week] the efforts over the years that have gone into crisis response planning.

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Wasco County Sheriff Lane Magill, left, and Mid-Columbia Fire & Rescue Chief Bob Palmer described [to the D21 school board last week] the efforts over the years that have gone into crisis response planning.



BB gun policy update

School board member Dean McAllister asked the district superintendent last week at a board meeting what policy changes have been made in regards to bringing BB guns to school.

North Wasco County School District 21 Superintendent Candy Armstrong said the district will now notify law enforcement if it finds a BB gun or airsoft gun.

The district will also notify staff when a BB gun or airsoft gun is found on campus.

BB guns and airsoft guns are still not considered firearms, she said, since there is not an explosive charge used to expel the projectile. Because they’re not considered a firearm, the student would not be considered for an automatic expulsion.

She said the district is trying to get better at making threat assessments and staff will be attending training in June on a school-wide threat assessment system.

A BB gun was found in the possession of a middle school student in January and parents were upset that they were not notified. Police were not notified by the school about the discovery, but by a citizen.

Over years of effort, officials have developed fine-tuned plans for responding to an emergency at any school in Wasco County...

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