Emergency School Closure Information

As of Wednesday, October 7th, all schools are operating on normal schedules.  

Update on the threat against Central High School that was rumored on social media Tuesday night:

At approximately 9:30pm the text of a group chat was posted to Twitter. That posting soon went viral and within 10 minutes, the School District and the Independence Police Department were in communication and investigating the situation.

Through that investigation, we were able to determine, with a reasonable level of certainty, the source of the rumor. A plan was developed to address the perceived threat while opening school as usual on Wednesday. At that time, a message was sent to parents and staff of the high school, and information was posted to the District and High School Facebook pages and website.

The IPD and MPD coordinated to provide additional presence at all buildings on Wednesday and will continue to do so as warranted. Those involved in the threat have been contacted by police, who will continue to investigate, and deal with each individual as appropriate.

In the meantime, I would like to compliment the staff who followed procedures to ensure the safety of all students, and encourage all of us to participate in keeping our District safe. We will get back to normal as soon as possible.

Thank You,
Buzz Brazeau Superintendent

Central School District is committed to providing school environments that promote and protect children's health, well being, and ability to learn by supporting after-school programs, school safety, physical education, and child nutrition.


Health Update Phone Lines

For the Oregon Public Health Dept. Hotline call:  800-978-3040 (M-F, 8am - 6pm; Sat/Sun/Hoilidays, 9am-Noon)

District Administration Office
750 S. 5th Street.
Independence Oregon, 97351
Phone: (503) 838-0030
Fax: (503) 838-0033

Buzz Brazeau
Superintendent of Schools

Rich McFarland
Assistant Superintendent/ HR Director

Cec Koontz
Business  Manager

Julia Heilman
Director of Special  Programs

Julie Sassor
Administrative Manager