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A Message from the Superintendent *Updated

May 13, 2019

Dear Parents and Community Members: 

I wanted to make you aware of a situation that we’re dealing with at one of our elementary schools. This afternoon a student reported to Malta Avenue Elementary School Principal Mrs. D’Agostino that he had been made aware of a note that was found in a classroom some time ago – we are still trying to determine exactly when – which stated that there would be a school shooting on May 16th. The alleged note did not state at which school this would occur; therefore, in order to get additional information, a number of student interviews have taken place today. These interviews with students and their parents will continue this afternoon, and we will notify you of any findings that are made.

As we do in any such situation, we will continue to work closely with our School Resource Officers and the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department, other law enforcement agencies, and our staff to ensure that our buildings are as safe as possible. Once again, we ask your help in reminding your children that if they see, hear, or are made aware of any such security threat to our students, staff, or schools, they should immediately report this to an adult.

I will provide an update to you as soon as we have any additional information.

***Update May 13, 2019 - 6:30pm:
Dear Parents and Community Members:

Given the note that we sent out earlier today (above) regarding a potential school threat and the police presence at the Middle and High School campus shortly thereafter, I wanted to reassure you that the two incidents are in no way related.

 This afternoon, after dismissal, there was a break-in at a local residence and at least one of the alleged perpetrators ran in the direction of the school.  Law enforcement police pursued the individual accordingly. As this was not a school related issue, any details related to this incident will be provided through the Saratoga County Sheriff’s Department and/or the New York State Police.

 We will continue to communicate with you on these events that impact the school district directly or, in this case, indirectly so that you can be assured that your children’s safety is our very first concern.

***Update May 14, 2019 - 3:45 pm
Dear Parents and Community Members: 

As promised in my note from yesterday, I wanted to provide you an update regarding the potential threat for May 16, 2019.
 
The note that was described by the students who reported it to their building principal was found in the Malta Avenue elementary school prior to the April break. The students were not able to produce the note and were only able to describe it and its brief contents. We have not found any additional information that would corroborate what was stated in the note, and we do not believe that the threat is credible at this point. 

Nonetheless, we are taking additional precautions with an increased presence of law enforcement on our campuses and in each of our buildings. Please understand that in order to ensure that our security plans can be properly carried out I will not share additional details at this time.

As a parent, I can both share and understand your frustrations and your anxiety around these situations. With this in mind, please know that every precaution will be taken to continue to ensure their safety and security while in our buildings and on our campuses. 

Should there be any additional information that comes forward, I will update you with as many details as possible. 

Thank you,
Ken Slentz