Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Update: No Early Release for K-5 Schools Today Due to Lock-down

The Washougal School District has had four schools in lockdown since 8:30 a.m. this morning. Hathaway Elementary, Gause Elementary, Washougal High School, and Excelsior High School are all in lockdown and will remain in lockdown until the school district is notified by the authorities that it is safe to release students and staff. We will not be releasing students, even to parents at the regular early release time today, but will be holding them until the lockdown is lifted. The school buses will not be running until the lockdown is lifted. This will affect all schools in the district, including students attending Jemtegaard Middle School, Cape Horn-Skye Elementary and Canyon Creek Middle School. We recognize that this will create a hardship for parents who have been concerned about the safety of their children today. Our highest priority at this time is to assure that we protect our students and staff and we ask that parents remain at home, and out of the areas that the police have secured.

Some Gause Elementary students were still on school buses when the lockdown went into effect this morning. They were transported to the bus garage. Parents whose children are at the bus garage may pick up their child but must have a photo ID and must have filled out the registration card on file at the school. The bus numbers that were routed back to the bus garage are Gause buses: 10, 19, 14, 47, 23, & 25. The bus garage is located at 995 E Street.

Children attending Cape Skye-Horn Elementary, Canyon Creek Middle School, and Jemtegaard Middle School will be held at school if they are transported by school bus. The school buses will not be running to any school until the lockdown is lifted. Parents may pick their children up at Jemtegaard Middle School, Cape Horn-Skye and at Canyon Creek Middle School but the authorities are asking that citizens stay off of the roads that are located in the central area of Washougal.

All students and staff are safe. There have been no incidents at any district school. Please contact our Central Office if you have questions at 954-3000. �