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Emergency Information

The Corvallis School District is committed to providing a safe environment that fosters learning for all students.  In the case of emergencies, our staff are trained and prepared to respond.  A crisis may occur before, during, or after regular school hours.  The Corvallis School District crisis plan follows a model recommended by the U.S. Department of Education and the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to respond to a variety of situations including a weather related emergency, school or building disaster, or another threatening situation. 

Whenever there is an emergency situation that impacts our schools, an initial emergency alert will be posted on the Home Page above the News and Announcements section and will include a link to relevant information (i.e. snow bus routes when school is delayed because of inclement weather). The school district's response will be determined by what will keep students and staff most safe.

Our goal is to respond quickly in order to minimize the impact of an emergency situation and to provide accurate information to parents and if necessary, emergency personnel.  In the event of school closures due to weather, the decision to cancel or delay school is typically made by 5:30 am.

Once a school based emergency is determined, response begins. The following actions are used in schools depending on the situation. Parents are provided with Emergency Guidelines  (Español) that includes an overview of the school district's Standard Response Protocol (SRP). Terms for parents to know include:

  • Lockout – “Secure the Perimeter,” students are brought inside, windows and doors are locked, no outside activities, business as usual inside the building, and increased situational awareness until all clear.
  • Lockdown – “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight” when a threat or hazard is inside the school building, maintain silence, and wait for First Responders to open locked door.
  • Evacuate – “To the Announced Location,” move students to another location within the school or outside the school to evacuation location. 
  • Shelter – “For a Hazard using a Safety Strategy,” conditions outside are unsafe due to weather or other hazards and personal protection is necessary. 

The school district will relay information to parents as soon as possible. In a crisis it is best to keep school district telephone lines available for emergency communications. Parents can receive critical information and instructions in the following ways:

The district uses FlashAlert as one means of announcing emergency messages. This emergency notification web site (also available as a smartphone app) gives you access to breaking news or snow closure information, as well as news releases from participating organizations in several area states. Registration is free and there is an option to receive information as an e-mail, cell phone text message, or notification through the app on your smartphone.

Linn-Benton ALERT
Linn-Benton ALERT is a mass notification system that allows public safety officials to provide rapid notifications of emergencies, evacuations and other urgent events to Linn and Benton County residents. In signing up, you choose how and where to receive alerts, including your cell, home, and/or work phone; by e-mail, text messages, or TTY (hearing impaired devices); and more.

Emergency Calling System
In addition, an automated calling system may be used for school closures and emergencies. This method of contacting families is in addition to the methods mentioned above and should not be relied upon as a sole source of information. In the event of early morning school cancellation due to inclement weather, calls to home phone numbers will begin at 5:30 a.m.  If school closes during the school day, the daytime numbers listed on student registration cards will be used. If you wish to opt out of this calling system, please notify the school district office at 541-757-5811.

Local Media Outlets
Local media will be notified of any school closures or emergency situations that would affect students’ usual routines. A complete list of media outlets which may provide emergency announcements can be found in the Helpful Links module to the right.

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Corvallis School District
Address:  1555 S.W. 35th St., Corvallis OR 97333
Phone:  541-757-5811