Safety and Emergencies

Building Security and Procedures

School Safety - Mission

It is the mission of the Cedarwood School for all teachers, parents and students to uphold the safe school mission.

Cedarwood Waldorf School seeks to promote a safe and welcoming environment which recognizes and is respectful of diversity and which improves the quality of school life for students, parents, faculty and staff.

Safety Values

  • Safety is our number one core value.
  • We are uncompromising in our commitment to the health and safety of our students, parents, teachers and staff.
  • We will continually improve our processes, demonstrate leadership, and promote comprehensive safety.
  • We will require individual accountability, expect all employees, parents and students to adhere to our safety standards, and actively participate in and support the advancement of our health and safety practices.
  • Safety is the responsibility of all school community members. Everyone is responsible for achieving zero accidents resulting in a safe school community.
  • Providing safety leadership is a fundamental part of our school and we will require individual accountability. Cedarwood is committed to being a leader in safety training and keeping our school community informed about the safety and health of our work as well as current safety issues, rules, and regulations.

It our policy to:

  • Maintain a safe and healthy school environment for all employees in compliance with all applicable laws and regulations.
  • Promote a positive attitude towards safety.
  • Establish safety and health objectives for all areas of the school and engage all three pillars in understanding and upholding these objectives.
  • Commit appropriate and sufficient resources to protect and support school safety efforts including providing training to all three pillars.
  • Provide management leadership and require all employees to take responsibility and ownership for safety, including bringing the attitude that “I am individually responsible for safety” to the job each and every day.
  • Ensure that each community member understands that they have the obligation to stop an activity to prevent an unsafe incident from occurring.
  • Assure compliance with all school safety, health, and security programs and practices.
  • To provide training to our employees, parents and students to better educate them how to comply with those policies as well as promote a culture of continuous improvement and commitment to safety and training.
  • Regularly review and evaluate safety, health, and security programs, procedures, and practices to assure that they are effective and up to date.
  • Assure timely and thorough reporting and investigation of all incidents including the identification of causal factors and the establishment of effective corrective actions.

Emergency Packets

Cedarwood Waldorf School requires that each child has an emergency kit kept at school with the following contents:

  • Space blanket
  • Pair of underwear
  • Small flashlight with batteries
  • Purse-sized poncho
  • Family photograp
  • A card with identifying information (child’s name, address, parents’ phone numbers), any allergies your child has, and medications being taken (with administering instructions)

These items listed above should all fit in a gallon-sized clear Ziploc bag. The packets will be kept at the school with each classroom in a specially marked bin.

Cedarwood has enough food and water for our school population for two days in the event of an emergency.

Fire Safety and Prevention

The Portland Fire Department inspects the Cedarwood building annually for compliance with all fire codes, the absence of fire hazards, the maintenance of egress routes, and the operating condition of all fire suppression systems including the deployment of currently certified and tagged fire extinguishers. We conduct periodic drills to test evacuation procedures and familiarize the children (as well as teachers and staff) with correct behavior in the event of an emergency. To ensure their safety, all children are instructed in the basics rules of fire prevention and safety.

Earthquake Safety and Precautions

In the summer of 2005 Cedarwood completed all seismic upgrades to the main building required by the City of Portland. In 2012 the Annex was completed in compliance with the latest building codes for schools including current seismic standards. These records are available for review. Although earthquakes are rare in Portland, we have regular earthquake drills to test emergency procedures to ensure the safety of the children should such an emergency occur. Children are instructed in the correct individual and groups behavior to maintain their safety while in the building and during an orderly evacuation to designated assembly points. Please familiarize yourself and your child with the topic: Assembly Points In An Emergency as listed in this section.

Crime Prevention

Cedarwood Waldorf School is in an urban neighborhood where crime occasionally occurs. In the past, we have experienced several car break-ins and the building has been burglarized. Steps have been taken to make the building more secure including implementation of a door locking protocol and the installation of surveillance cameras. The best crime prevention measure is for everyone involved with the school to aware of any safety concerns and report any suspicious activity to the office immediately. Always avoid leaving valuables in cars parked in the school lot or on nearby streets, and always lock your car.

Child Abuse Policy

All staff hired at Cedarwood must pass a criminal history background check. Staff will be trained by the Children’s Protective Services to recognize signs of abuse and how to report it. Children or parents should report child abuse to the Head of School. All employees are mandatory reporters, and must contact CPS if there is abuse. We require all volunteers at Cedarwood to be aware of our guidelines for child safety.

Emergency Communication

In the case of an emergency closure all pertinent emergency information will be available through several channels: a phone message on the school phone number, the Cedarwood website, an all-school email and a message posted on the front door of the school.