Update – 9:20 p.m.
I wanted to personally reach out following the events that took place today affecting our CCSU community and acknowledge the difficult situation our students, staff and families experienced, as our schools were placed into our lockdown and lockout protocols for an extended period of time.
This decision was not one that was entered into without careful consultation and direction from law enforcement. While this was a very challenging situation for everyone involved, this protocol was used to ensure the safety of all students and staff. I am very thankful for the cooperation from our students and staff in following these protocols to help law enforcement agencies in performing their duties and addressing the threat that was made to our school.
Law enforcement officials conducted an extensive search of Essex High School buildings and grounds during the afternoon while students and staff were present and again Wednesday evening, searching for any potential threats and none were found.
While there was no reported credible threat to students and staff in our K-8 schools, those schools were placed in lockdown and lockout for precautionary reasons.
School will take place as scheduled tomorrow, (Thursday, April 13) for all CCSU schools. Please know there will be a police presence at EHS for precautionary reasons and reassurance to our students, staff and families. Our schools will also have additional support services and resources available for both students and staff throughout the day.
We realize that there are many questions at this time, but this investigation is ongoing and school officials are working with the Essex Police Department. EPD has provided the following statement, which can be viewed clicking here.
Anyone with information regarding this incident is asked to contact the Essex Police Department at: 878-8331
Update -1:45 p.m.
The Essex Police Department has cleared Essex High School, the exterior grounds and parking lot. There will be an early dismissal for EHS/CTE students at 2:05 p.m. today. Students will be dismissed class by class from the main office entrance. Educational Drive in front of EHS will be closed for all incoming traffic except school buses.
Hiawatha, Summit Street, Thomas Fleming and Albert D. Lawton schools will be released at their normal times and stay in lockout protocol until then. After school activities have been cancelled for all six schools.
Emergency services were called earlier in the day for precautionary reasons, as there were no reported injuries.
At this time, schools will run as normal on Thursday, April 13. If any further information becomes available, we will continue to share that.
Update -12:20 p.m.
The Essex Police Department has informed us that Essex High School has been swept and the building has been deemed safe by police. The person who caused the threat was not in the school.
Essex High School has moved from ‘lockdown protocol’ to ‘lockout protocol,’ as students/staff will now be allowed to leave their classroom to use the bathrooms, but will still be required to stay in the building at this time as the ground search continues.
All schools in Essex Junction will remain in ‘lockout protocol’ as a precaution at this time.
We will provide more information once it becomes available.
Essex Police contacted Essex High School reporting that an armed individual was threatening to appear at the high school. We have currently put all of our schools in Essex Junction under ‘lock out protocol,’ police are on scene. Attendance has been taken and perimeters have been secured.
Please do not go to the high school at this time.
We will keep you informed as more information becomes available.