Baker schools were on "limited code yellow" during incident this morning

By Baker City Herald February 06, 2014 01:34 pm

That's the lowest precaution level, meaning exterior doors were locked and monitored, but students could walk between classrooms inside the buildings


All Baker Schools inside the Baker City limits were on a "limited code yellow" status for a few hours this morning while police investigated a shooting on North Cedar Street.

In a "limited code yellow," schools' exterior doors were locked and monitored, Superintendent Walt Wegener said.

Teachers continued to teach, and students were allowed to move about inside the school as needed, he said.

The next highest level, "strong code yellow," requires students to remain in their classrooms, but teaching would continue, Wegener said.

One of the code yellow levels is employed in cases when any potential shooter or other threat is not inside the school, he said.

Were there ever a case when a threat was inside the school, the situation would call for a "code red," in which all students and staff basically "hide in the classrooms," Wegener said.

Wegener said he spoke this morning with Baker City Police and with the principals at Brooklyn and South Baker Elementary, Baker Middle School and Baker High School.

Although police didn't believe there was any proximate threat to any schools, Wegener said he instituted the limited code yellow "out of an abundance of caution."

"I don't want to make any mistakes," he said. "Safety comes first."

The limited code yellow was canceled after police made an arrest about 10 a.m., Wegener said.

Had the situation continued, students would have not been allowed to go outside for recess or lunch. As it happens, Wegener said, students weren't allowed to go outside for recess anyway due to the cold temperatures and snowfall.

The limited code yellow didn't affect either Haines or Keating elementary schools.