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UPDATE -- PHOTOS, SOUND BITES: Task Force on School Safety holds Feb. 12 press conference at State Capitol; media invited (Photo) - 02/12/19

UPDATE (Tuesday, Feb. 12) -- PHOTOS, SOUND BITES

Photos from today's press event are attached.

Sound-bite video featuring Oregon Governor Kate Brown and Sherwood High student Hailey Hardcastle can be downloaded from this Dropbox address:

https://www.dropbox.com/s/ch5wdztcrxy28zl/2019-02-12-OTFSSPressEventSoundBites.mp4?dl=0

 


EARLIER (Tuesday, Feb. 12) -- GOVERNOR BROWN TO ATTEND; PRESS CONFERENCE NOW SET FOR CEREMONIAL ROOM

Oregon Governor Kate Brown will speak at press conference with members of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety, at a press conference Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. in the Governor’s Ceremonial Room at the Oregon State Capitol.

Media is invited to attend.  The Oregon Task Force on School Safety just released its 2019 Report to the Legislature, outlining recommendations to improve school safety statewide, including legislation to fund the Oregon Safe to Learn Act (SB 584 and HB 2327).

At the press conference, media will hear from Gov. Brown and local high school students who are working towards creating safer schools along with leaders of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety.

PLEASE NOTE LOCATION CHANGE: This press conference will now be held in the Governor’s Ceremonial Room at the Oregon State Capitol.

Contact:  Kim Lippert, Communications Specialist, Clackamas County Sheriff’s Office, 503-785-5016 or t@clackamas.us">klippert@clackamas.us


EARLIER (Thursday, Feb. 7, 2019) -- TASK FORCE ON SCHOOL SAFETY TO HOLD FEB. 12 PRESS CONFERENCE AT STATE CAPITOL; MEDIA INVITED


Task Force releases Report to Legislature, promotes new legislation to create Statewide School Safety and Prevention System


The Oregon Task Force on School Safety is set to release its 2019 Report to the Legislature.  Media outlets are invited to attend a press conference scheduled for Feb. 12 at 11:30 a.m. at the Oregon State Capitol, where Task Force members will outline report recommendations, including proposed legislation establishing a Statewide School Safety and Prevention System.

 "Our goal is to develop strategies to promote school safety and student wellness," said Sheriff Craig Roberts, who serves as the Chair of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety. "All Oregon students deserve to feel safe in school so they can learn and thrive."

The Oregon Task Force on School Safety has introduced bipartisan bills (SB 584 and HB 2327) that seek to fund the Oregon Safe to Learn Act. The legislation would establish a Statewide School Safety and Prevention System within the Oregon Department of Education, creating infrastructure to support all Oregon schools and Education Service Districts in three critical areas:

  • Bullying and harassment prevention
  • Youth suicide prevention and mental wellness
  • Multidisciplinary safety assessment teams

 "Our students are struggling with significant challenges, such as bullying and harassment, suicide and self-harm and a variety of threats of violence – all of these in unacceptable numbers," said Dr. Dave Novotney, Superintendent of the Willamette Education Service District and Co-Chair of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety. "Oregon schools need assistance to address these challenges in order to best support their students."

If the legislation passes, it would allow for 15 specialists statewide who will work directly with school districts to provide training and technical assistance in the three critical areas.

At the press conference, media will hear from students who are passionate about school safety and leaders of the Oregon Task Force on School Safety.

The Oregon Task Force on School Safety 2019 Report to the Legislature is attached and available as a PDF here: https://www.oregon.gov/osp/docs/2019-Legislative-Report-OTFSS.pdf

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Contact: Kim Lippert, Communications Specialist, Clackamas County Sheriff's Office, 503-785-5016 or klippert@clackamas.us

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