Thursday, December 8, 2016
I am writing to update you regarding the incident we had at our school earlier this week. As I am sure you now know, a high school student has been arrested and charged with making a threat against the school. Once we learned about the threat we immediately contacted the Georgetown Police Department and worked with officers to investigate the matter. WE were assured in short order that the situation had been contained and that there was no continuing threat to students or staff. In the foreseeable future, Georgetown Police Department will have a presence in the district to offer support. We want to thank the Georgetown Police Department for their quick, professional response.
We have heard and understand the concerns expressed by some parents about the timeliness of our message to parents. While protecting our students and staff by immediately getting law enforcement involved and containing the incident will remain our first job in situations like this, we are taking steps to ensure that we can more quickly get the message to parents. The first step in that process is to ask you to send us your up-to-date email, home phone number, and cell phone contact information. Please email that information to me at firstname.lastname@example.org or send via mail to 502 W. Mulberry Street, Georgetown, IL 61846.
Again, we are appreciative of the professional response by everyone involved and thankful that this situation was quickly resolved. The safety of our students and staff is the top priority in our school district and we thank you for your support and your suggestions as we review situations like this in an effort to improve going forward.
Dr. Jean Neal
Georgetown-Ridge Farm Community Unit District 4