SPENCER BUTTE SPARTAN UPDATE
November 8, 2018
Nov. 8 12:00pm – 8:00pm Student Led Conferences
Nov. 9 NO SCHOOL – Staff Development
Nov. 12 NO SCHOOL – Veteran’s Day Observed
Nov. 14 Dine and Donate at Mod Pizza
Nov. 22 & 23 NO SCHOOL – Thanksgiving Holiday
Nov. 27 5:30pm Choir Café Night
Nov. 30 6:00pm Family Bingo Night
Dec. 3 NO SCHOOL – Trimester Grading
Dec. 4 Second Trimester Begins
Dec. 13 7:00pm Advanced Band Concert
Dec. 14 6:00pm – 8:00pm Dance/Activity Night
Dec. 24 – Jan. 4 NO SCHOOL – Winter Break
Jan. 7 NO SCHOOL – Professional Development
Jan. 8 Classes Resume
Jan. 21 NO SCHOOL – MLK Day
SPENCER BUTTE FAMILIES
We want to let you know that an Arts & Technology Academy student has reported a concerning incident to police: Wednesday afternoon, the child noticed a suspicious man asking students if they needed a ride home. The child reported that no students were seen accepting the offer.
The suspicious man was by Westmoreland Park on the east side of Bi-Mart, near Arts & Technology Academy, in a grey station-wagon type vehicle. He was described as a white male in his 20s or 30s, with short curly brown hair, and no facial hair. He was last seen wearing an all-black sweat suit. Police have yet to identify a suspect.
We alerted our school resource officers and police are following up on the report. If anyone has information they are asked to call Eugene Police at 541-682-5111.
Student safety is a primary concern of ours and this incident is a good reminder of why it is important to review safety practices with your family. We will be speaking with students about safety precautions when traveling to and from school. I encourage you to talk with your students about being mindful of their personal safety, and remind them to always be aware of their surroundings, do not engage with strangers, and inform an adult immediately if someone acts unsafely, follows or approaches them, or tries to get your child to go with them.
Additional Information for Child Safety
It is important to teach children about personal safety. Most offenses against children, including abduction and sexual offenses, are committed by people they know. While abductions and other offenses by strangers are extremely rare, such crimes do occur. Crime prevention specialists offer the following tips:
1. Explain the danger. Parents often tell children, “Don’t go with strangers.” This is vague and doesn’t help children protect themselves—most abductions are by relatives anyway! Better advice would be, “If you are lost or need help, sometimes it’s okay to ask strangers for assistance—but strangers shouldn’t be asking you for help or to go with them. You should not go somewhere with strangers unless you need their help in an emergency.”
- Who is a stranger?A stranger is anyone you don’t know. Make an agreement regarding who is safe to go with, and that they must say “NO!” to anyone else, no matter what! Teach your child to stay at least arms’ length away from a stranger who approaches them.
3. Don’t be polite!Parents teach children to be “polite”; they should also teach that it’s OK to be assertive and not talk to strangers. Adults should ask adults for help, not children!
4. Home and phone safety. Teach your child not to open the door to strangers except in a real emergency. Explain what an emergency might be, such as a medical problem or a fire. Tell them not to answer probing questions from strangers. Tell them to come get you, or to call you instead. Make sure they know how to reach you wherever you might be. Teach them how and when to call 9-1-1.
5. Make a code word. Teach the child a code word. If a visitor comes to get them, the visitor must know the code word, or the child should not go with them.
- Pick their routes.Avoid alleys, wooded areas, parking lots and spontaneous shortcuts. Choose areas where anything out of the ordinary would be noticed by neighbors, business owners, pedestrians, etc. Most importantly, help them avoid isolation. Arrange for them to walk with trusted friends. Consider providing them with a cell phone so that they can call for help.
7. Identify trusted adults.Pick stores, schools, churches, and homes of safe neighbors. Make sure your child knows these “safe places” that they should go if they need help. Remember, it’s generally safer if the child picks the adult!
8. NO–GO–TELL. If approached by somebody who is scary, or who asks them to do something that seems wrong, a child should yell “NO!” then GO immediately to a trusted adult and TELL what happened.
9. Teach what to do in an actual kidnap attempt. If a child is screaming, a passerby may think it’s a child having a tantrum, and fail to recognize an actual abduction. Children who are victims of attempted abduction should repeatedly yell “HELP! I DON’T KNOW THIS PERSON! I’M BEING KIDNAPPED!” Children have been saved by doing this! Be sure your child knows that resistance—yelling, kicking, scratching, biting—is acceptable under these circumstances. Depending on the age of your child, encourage them to remember details: vehicle description or model, appearance of the person involved, what was said, etc. Call the police immediately.
10. Practice with role-plays. Have a friend participate, and have your child GO and TELL. Reward and coach your child.
Additionally, parents interested in learning about convicted sex offenders in our community who may be a danger to children can go to http://sexoffenders.oregon.gov for information about area residents designated as “predatory” sex offenders, or call the Oregon State Police Sex Offender Unit at (503) 378-3725 x44429 to request a list of all registered sex offenders living in their zip code.