Van Antwerp Update – Wednesday, Nov. 7, at 2 p.m.

Update: 2 p.m.

Classes at Van Antwerp Middle School have resumed following the police check of the building in response to the bomb threat note found today. Seventh grade is having its lunch period at this time. The Niskayuna Police Department checked the building with the assistance of canine units from neighboring agencies. Classroom activities continued as police checked the school during the shelter-in-place.

The police are continuing an active investigation into this situation, as well as others that have taken place in our schools in recent days. Threatening violence toward a school is a felony. We thank the police for their work on behalf of the safety of our schools.

We join our community in its frustration about the disruption and inconvenience that recent threats have caused in our schools. There is nothing that we take more seriously than the safety of our students. The recent threats have been a significant impediment to instruction in our schools. We will be reminding students of our commitment to their safety and the serious consequences that can result from making threats against school. We ask you to help reinforce this message at home.

Superintendent Cosimo Tangorra, Jr.
Superintendent of Schools

Update: 12:25 p.m.

A short time ago, Van Antwerp Middle School went into a shelter-in-place in response to a bomb threat note that was reported to the school administration. Shelter-in-place is used to limit movement in the school while a situation can be assessed. The Niskayuna Police Department has been notified and are on their way to investigate. Van Antwerp students are in their classrooms with their teachers, and classroom activities are continuing. Parents should not come to the school. We will provide more information as soon as it is available.