Horman case prompts new security measures for all Portland schools

Horman case prompts new security measures for all Portland schools

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by KGW.com Staff and Kyle Iboshi

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Posted on September 7, 2010 at 9:07 AM

Updated Tuesday, Sep 7 at 9:07 AM

PORTLAND -- The Kyron Horman case has prompted some big changes in security at Portland schools.  The new policy will go into effect district-wide next week

According to a spokesperson, automated attendance calls will begin to go home at 10:30 a.m. for grades K-5.

Middle and high school calls will go out in the evening because attendance is taken every class period.

Attendance will be taken in the morning and again after lunch for grade K-5.

The new Portland Public School's policy also requires that students more than 10 minutes late will need to first check in with the office

The district has standardized visitor and volunteer sign-in and badge procedures. Visitors will get a yellow badge.
Volunteers will get a green badge, signifying that they passed a background check.

Parents at Skyline School were briefed on the new policy Thursday night.

"This is a safe school and they are ready to get back here and they are ready to get back to normal," said Captain Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office.

Kyron Horman disappeared from Skyline School on June 4th.

Next week, Skyline School will begin locking side doors.  Previously, they'd been unlocked. Only the front door and ADA access door in the back of the school will be open during the school day.

Kyron Horman's father Kaine said at a private meeting at the school with parents that , "It was a safe school before.  I think it is going to be probably one of the safest schools in the state now."

Kaine Horman told KGW the school held the meeting in order to explain new policies to parents following Kyron’s disappearance at the end of the last school year on June 4.

"This is a safe school and they are ready to get back here and they are ready to get back to normal," said Captain Jason Gates of the Multnomah County Sheriff's Office

School officials answered parents’ questions and went over all the changes, including a new security camera system donated by a local business owner.

"It's going to be tough, but I think what they got planned for the first day and the procedures and things that they're working on, I think it's outstanding,” Kaine said. “I think they've made some big adjustments and it was a safe school before, and now it's probably going to be one of the safest schools in the state."

Classes at Skyline resume on Tuesday.

Meantime, Kaine was scheduled to receive a $14,000 check on Friday afternoon, from a recent fundraiser at Godfather’s Pizza. The money will help pay for the search effort for Kyron.

No suspects have been named in the case.

More: Kyron fundraiser nets $14,000

Complete coverage: Kyron Horman disappearance

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