Menace and Lockdown at River Hill Excessive Faculty, Oct. 4, 2022 – HCPSS Information

October 5, 2022

October 4th, 2022

The next assertion was issued by HCPSS Superintendent Dr. Michael Martirano on October 4, 2022:

Earlier right this moment, college workers was made conscious of a attainable risk of violence directed at River Hill Excessive Faculty. The varsity was instantly positioned in lockdown at roughly 1:45 p.m. so police might conduct a swift and thorough investigation and college students and workers would stay secure.

Since police weren’t capable of shortly decide that the risk was invalid, they took swift motion to make sure college students and workers had been secure and make sure the risk was a hoax.

Their response was vital. I think college students, workers, households and even those that might have seen components of the response on social media had been taken again by what they witnessed at River Hill. However I’m grateful to know that after we obtain a risk to our kids and workers as vital as this one, that police will reply at such a excessive stage. The protection of our faculties is our prime precedence and I’m grateful to know that Chief Der and the HCPD share that precedence.

For the reason that risk occurred so near dismissal, it made for challenges to make sure reunification of scholars with households and the domino impact of delayed busses at different faculties. I commend the various workers at River Hill who stored our kids secure and comforted in the course of the lockdown and helped them reunify with their households following. Your efforts had been great. I additionally commend the various bus drivers who transported college students from the college to the reunification web site. The various assist workers who helped talk and reply shortly and successfully had been important and are appreciated. Lastly, Chief Der and HCPD had been tremendously thorough of their response to make sure the security of these on the college.

I additionally am appreciative of the endurance and understanding of fogeys, guardians and relations who had been understandably involved in regards to the welfare of their youngsters. I spoke to lots of you on the reunification web site and empathize with the priority you could have had all through the afternoon. I’m positive I share your nice aid to now know that college students and workers had been secure always.

Throughout a lockdown, all inside and exterior doorways are locked, and nobody might enter or depart the constructing. College students and workers in relocatable school rooms stay in place and comply with the identical procedures as these inside the principle constructing until the college incident commander determines one other response is warranted. Detailed details about what happens throughout lockdowns, and different protecting actions taken throughout emergencies, can be found on the HCPSS web site.

Please proceed to encourage your college students to report any info that poses a danger to anybody’s bodily or emotional security. The protection of our college students, workers and neighborhood is our highest precedence and we’ll at all times take each precaution attainable any time a risk is made. Although faculties are closed tomorrow, I encourage any college students who require assist to attach with a counselor or different pupil providers workers at their college on Thursday.

I’m extraordinarily pleased with the way in which our workers and college students dealt with the scenario right this moment, and thanks to your continued assist.

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