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Update on Active Shooter Hoax

Dear PPS community,

As you may have heard, we were notified by Portland Police about a potential active shooter situation at Portland High School this morning, Tuesday, Nov. 15. Portland High School students and staff went into lockdown and remained there until they were cleared by Portland Police. It was quickly determined that it was an unfounded report or hoax, but Portland Police continued to clear the building out of an abundance of caution.
 
We canceled school at Portland High School for the rest of the day and allowed any student and staff members who wanted to leave for the day to do so. School staff with behavioral health experience are available for anyone who wishes to process this event. 
 
I am grateful to the Portland Police Department for its quick and thorough response. I am grateful to staff and students for following our protocols. These are traumatic events for all involved.  We will continue to have behavioral health assistance for anyone in need of that support.
 
Sincerely,

Xavier Botana
Superintendent
Portland Public Schools