Good afternoon Big Lake staff, students, and families. I am writing to personally update you on the current school threat situation in our school community. Unfortunately, as you are aware, we have been receiving threats that required our immediate attention to ensure the safety of our students and staff. The district’s leadership team met with local law enforcement to assess these threats and determine future action. The threats caused us to move to distance learning and cancel last night’s school board meeting and student activities. Because the school buildings were closed and because of open meeting laws, this change was necessary. I am hoping for a swift return to in-person learning and plan to reschedule the board meeting as soon as possible.
Moments ago, after speaking with the Big Lake Police Department, the current threats have been vetted and remediated at this time. As always, safety is our top priority. The police and the school district believe it to be safe for our students to return on Monday. We will, however, continue to monitor the situation over the weekend.
Additional information will be shared on Sunday evening with an updated schedule for Monday’s school day. At this time, we are planning a two hour late start on Monday, May 3. This will allow our staff to process the events from last week and prepare for additional support for our students.
The school leadership team and school board have been an invaluable support during this time. I cannot say enough about their abilities and ongoing efforts in handling these threats. I would also like to thank the police department for their partnership and guidance in coordinating our efforts. It is greatly appreciated.
As with any challenges, we have the opportunity to actively learn and deepen our understanding. In the upcoming weeks, our district leadership team will be sharing next steps regarding professional learning and procedures to ensure all classrooms and schools are safe, welcoming, and inclusive. We have an obligation to do so.
Following the Hornet Way is more than learning about the values of respect, honesty, kindness, responsibility, and fairness. It is about living the values. We are committed to helping our school community-students, staff, and families-carry out the values in our daily interactions with one another.