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School Safety Message 3/24/17

posted Mar 24, 2017, 4:15 PM by Dianne Georgantas   [ updated Mar 24, 2017, 4:17 PM ]

March 24, 2017

Dear Longmeadow Staff and Parents,

By now you are perhaps aware that Williams Middle School was disrupted today by the discovery of a threat that was written on a restroom wall. 

Parents of students at WMS were advised of the school’s assessment and response via two emails that were sent in the early afternoon.  Normal, safe operation resumed at the school after public safety and school officials completed a series of safety protocols.  At no time was student or staff safety in jeopardy.

These disturbances, unfortunately, have become a common occurrence in schools across the state in recent years.  I want to assure the community that we view these threats as criminal matters that warrant investigation by the Longmeadow Police Department and school administrators.  I also want to assure you that we follow well-rehearsed and well-defined emergency response protocols.  We benefit from the direction and advice of local public safety officials and we adhere to a Bomb Threat Response Guide developed by the MA State Police.  My most important assurance to you, however, is that the safety of children in school is a paramount. Longmeadow Public Schools remain committed to creating safe, caring environments where children are free to learn and grow. 

My best wishes to all for a happy spring weekend!



Marty O’Shea

Superintendent of Schools



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