Message to Niskayuna High School families from Principal John Rickert – Monday, Nov. 5

The message below was posted on Monday, Nov. 5, at 6:30 p.m. and accompanied the final update to families on that day’s lockdown.

Dear Niskayuna High School Families:

I want to thank you and our students for your patience and cooperation during today’s prolonged lockdown. I want to recognize that this was likely a difficult experience for many of our students and our school community in general.

The school district and police undertook the precautions and procedures necessary to investigate the threat that was brought to our attention. However, we know this was not easy day for students and we will do everything we can to support them.

Although police are continuing a criminal investigation into what took place today, they have assured us that school can resume on its normal schedule tomorrow. Classes will be in session. In their search of the school, police did not find anything in connection with the threatening note.

We will make Tuesday as normal as possible for students, while also providing support as needed.

School counselors and social workers will be available to work with any student who would like to talk about the situation.

During morning announcements, I will make sure students are aware that support is available and encourage them to talk to any adult who they are comfortable with in the building. I will emphasize how seriously we take their safety.

We also would like to share a resource with you from the National Association of School Psychologist that has some tips for talking with children – https://www.nasponline.org/resources-and-publications/resources/school-safety-and-crisis/school-violence-prevention/school-violence-prevention-tips-for-parents-and-educators

Anytime we have situations such as this one, we review what happened to identify what can be improved. Our District Safety Committee meets this week, and debriefing the lockdown will be on its agenda. Following that meeting, there will be a public forum to discuss this situation. We will let you know when that is scheduled.

In closing, we thank the Niskayuna Police Department and several area agencies for their response and work on this today and ongoing partnership. There is nothing more important than the safety of our students and staff. We thank them, and you, for today’s cooperation and patience.

Sincerely,

John Rickert
Niskayuna High School Principal