12/16/2021: Letter from the Superintendent

12/16/2021: Letter from the Superintendent
Posted on 12/16/2021
Letter from the Superintendent

PDF: December 16th ES Lockdown PDF: December 16th ES Lockdown - Espanol
Dear Ellenville Parents & Staff Members,

Earlier today, an Ellenville Elementary School student reported to a staff member that another student made a statement that they had a gun in their backpack.  

The Elementary School was immediately placed on lockdown and law enforcement was notified.  Additionally, the Jr/Sr High School was placed on a precautionary lockout, during which normal indoor classroom activity continued, and no one was permitted to enter or exit the building. 

During the lockdown in the Elementary School, no one was permitted to enter or leave the building.  During a lockdown, classrooms are secured and students and staff are trained to remain quiet in a designated area within their classroom. 

Police immediately responded to the Elementary School to investigate. The investigation revealed that there was no weapon on school grounds.  The student involved was identified and taken to a secure location within the school and interviewed by law enforcement.  The student said that there was no weapon in their backpack.  A State Police canine was brought in to ensure that there was no firearm in the school.  

After conducting an intensive and thorough investigation, law enforcement advised the Superintendent that it was safe to lift the lockdown and lockout.  When the lockdown was lifted, law enforcement went from classroom to classroom to unlock doors and to notify staff. 

The safety of our students and staff is our primary concern.  The District would like to take this opportunity to remind parents and students that threats or comments that threaten the safety and security of our schools are taken seriously.  Appropriate consequences will be taken in accordance with the District’s Code of Conduct.  

Please remind your children that they should report any incidents or information they think will jeopardize their safety or the safety of others.  

Thank you for your patience and cooperation,

Lisa A. Wiles
Superintendent of Schools