Godfrey Elementary received a hand-written (photocopied) threat in today’s U.S. Postal Service mail just prior to noon. The threat was somewhat vague and meandering but our immediate response was to call in law enforcement from the Wyoming Police Department.
Staff were notified and conducted a cursory search of their classrooms and other areas for anything unusual. At the same time, an assessment was made as to whether any of the other school buildings received anything similar. Subsequently, I directed the school to go through their evacuation drill by each teacher moving their students to the Early Childhood Center. Our operations staff assisted by staff from Godfrey, the ECC and other school buildings ensured a safe and orderly evacuation. At the same time, an emergency notification call was made to parents of Godfrey Elementary students providing them with the information that was available at the time and that their children were being safely housed at the ECC.
A Michigan State Police canine team arrived at Godfrey and conducted a thorough search of the building giving us the all-clear. However, students and staff will remain at the ECC for the rest of the school day to limit confusion for parents in picking up your child. Those that take the school bus will do so from that location. TEAM 21 Godfrey students have been invited to stay after at the ECC and will be combined with their program this afternoon.
Our elementary staff and students did a great job of going through the emergency response steps, assisted by law enforcement and other staff members. They are each to be commended.
We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously at Godfrey-Lee and we also want to ensure that our parents are informed in a timely manner. We are thankful that this situation did not turn out to be a serious threat however the Wyoming Police Department will conduct a thorough investigation to determine whether or not the perpetrator can be identified and prosecuted.
As with any of our programs or procedures, I always invite feedback from parents and staff as to how we can handle these situations even better in the future. Please don’t hesitate to contact my office if you have any suggestions or wish to voice any concerns.