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By John Tucker

Three school lockdown has ended, read statement from Bolivar-Richburg Central Schools

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“New York State Police have deemed there is no threat to any of our schools”

Earlier today, the Bolivar-Richburg Central School District was made aware of a possible attempt to remove a student from one of our schools by a non-custodial party, allegedly known to the lawful guardian. Upon receiving this information, we immediately reported it to the New York State Police and the Bolivar Police who initiated an investigation in collaboration with our school administration.

In accordance with District emergency management protocols, all schools were placed in Lockout as a precaution while the investigation was being conducted. Lockout means that all students have been brought into the schools and the exterior doors of all buildings in the District are verified locked. Visitors were screened and limited to our school buildings throughout the day while the protocol is implemented.

Based on their preliminary investigation, the New York State Police have deemed there is no threat to any of our schools. Normal operations are continuing in each of our buildings, and we anticipate a regular dismissal as well. Students and parents may observe an increased police presence at our campuses, which is a normal practice subsequent to a Lockout. We will be holding all after-school activities and inter-scholastic sports.

Please be aware that all statements or actions that suggest a threat to the safety and security of our school populations are taken seriously. Any such statement comes with significant consequences, even if they are made jokingly and/or are deemed as not credible. We need the assistance of the entire community as we strive to provide the safest possible learning environment.

We recognize the need to be transparent regarding incidents that may impact our school community. As a District, we will always act out of an abundance of caution to ensure all our students and staff are safe.

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