Hello PSD Parents and Families,
This is not how I planned to introduce myself, but sometimes the best laid plans go astray. With that said, I’m Kevin Headings, and I’m Pendleton School District’s new superintendent.
As many of you know, there was an armed robbery and shooting at Wildhorse Casino yesterday afternoon around 1:00 p.m. Some of our Pendleton School District (PSD) staff were on site for a school function and witnessed much of the event. One of our staff was injured by the gunfire. We’re glad to report that the injuries, while serious, aren’t life threatening.
Our thoughts and prayers go out to all the PSD staff and families affected by this tragic event. Unfortunately, acts of violence like this are difficult to comprehend and explain.
In light of this event and school starting soon, you, as parents and your students, may be nervous and apprehensive. Building principals and school counselors are aware of this and are prepared to support and keep our kids safe.
The Pendleton School District has many safety procedures in place, such as designated entrances and exits at our schools, safety drills, and more. The safety of students and staff is the district’s top priority. It might be helpful to talk to your child and review what their school does every day to keep them safe.
In addition to the things above, here are a few things that parents can do to help their child through a stressful time like this:
- Limit access to social media
- Talk with children if they have concerns and focus on what they can do.
- If you are not comfortable sending your child to school in the wake of tragic events, work with your child’s school.
Finally, If a student hears or becomes aware of others planning or talking of committing violent acts, they should report it to an adult immediately, or they can use the SafeOregon tip line at safeoregon.com “If you hear something, say something.”
The beginning of school is fast approaching. The Pendleton School District is committed to making the start of school, and the year, as positive and supportive as we can for all our students.