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Dear Parents, Guardians, Students, and Community Members,
 
As you know, the safety of our students and staff is our highest priority. You also know that we continually plan and practice for emergency situations so we are ready in the event of a real emergency.
 
Due to our preparations, and some observant students, on the evening of December 3 we were alerted that there was a student on the roof of the school as the winter Snowball Dance was beginning.
 
School Resource Officer Jeff Culp was notified, investigated, and removed the student from the roof. Police say the student was cooperative and the student said he was there in a security capacity to ensure the safety of the students attending the dance. During the investigation, Officer Culp discovered the student had two unloaded handguns and handgun ammunition. Police tell us while the student did not express a plan to hurt anyone, he was arrested on multiple weapon possession charges.
 
Because there was no indication that there was anyone else involved, Gresham police determined it was safe to allow the dance to continue.
 
The police believe this was an isolated case. But they are asking that anyone who has information related to this incident or any other possible incident to call Officer Jeff Culp at 503-258-4864.
 
The school district has been working closely with the Gresham Police Department since the incident took place late Saturday night. As the investigation continues, the school district and the police will continue to work together.
 
We thank you for your ongoing support and are thankful for our students who are willing to report anything out of the ordinary. Please be sure to discuss this with your student and assure them that by working together, we can maintain a safe school environment. If you have any questions, please feel free to contact me at 503-258-4850.
 
Sincerely,
Principal Bruce Schmidt
Schools closed Thursday, December 8 due to inclement weather.
Afternoon and evening activities canceled.

Typically the Gresham-Barlow School District decides whether to close school early in the morning. We are making this decision the night before because of the predicted timing of the storm.
 
Forecasts for December 8, 2016, show that significant snow should arrive by 10 a.m. and the snow will be followed by freezing rain and sleet.
 
While the roads may seem fine early in the morning tomorrow, we took into account that if an unusually strong storm hits later in the morning (as forecasted) it would be extremely challenging to get students and staff home in potentially dangerous conditions.
 
We hope that making this decision now will provide families with more time to make childcare arrangements.
 
While this decision will not be universally popular, we believe it is best to err on the side of caution. We made this decision tonight in the interest of keeping our students and staff safe.
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