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Update: Threat was a Hoax

Update: Threat was a Hoax
Posted on 02/06/2018
Dear Jeffco Families,

I am writing to follow-up with you on the anonymous bomb threat we received yesterday evening and our plans going forward.

First, I am pleased to inform you that law enforcement has informed us they consider this issue a hoax and no real threat is apparent. While we have had some copycat claims from schools and some understandably anxious students and parents, our students were safe today and schools operated normally with some additional safety precautions.

Second, I am deeply sorry that our community experienced this today. In addition to being Superintendent, I am also a Jeffco parent and our daughter was in Kindergarten today. I understand and feel deeply the anxiety and concern that all of you did as we confronted this potential threat.

We are planning for an on-time and normal start for tomorrow. Out of an abundance of caution, we are asking our building leaders to make additional safety walks and door checks today and our enhanced security and law enforcement alertness will continue tomorrow. Based on the available evidence and information from law enforcement, I believe our schools are safe and they will be open for learning tomorrow.

I know some of you may have questions from your kids tonight about today and what it means. To support those conversations, our counseling staff have prepared some guidance for parents on talking about this issue with students. The notes are attached to this message for your review and use.

If anything develops regarding this incident that I am able to disclose, I will share that information. We will continue to work with law enforcement to find the person responsible.

In closing, as we head home tonight, Jeffco’s children are safe - and that is what matters most. Through these difficult past few hours, I am grateful for the support of Jeffco law enforcement, the vigilance and bravery of our staff, the patience and understanding of our parents, and the resilience of our students.

Please, hug your kids close tonight - and let’s get ready for learning tomorrow.

Kind regards,
Jason E. Glass, Ed. D.
Superintendent & Chief Learner
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