This post courtesy of The Poughkeepsie Journal
Abbott Brant, Poughkeepsie Journal Published 6:12 a.m. ET Feb. 22, 2018 | Updated 6:21 a.m. ET Feb. 22, 2018
Students in the Dover Union Free School District were evacuated for part of Wednesday morning after a pair of bomb threats were called in to Dover High School.
Schools in the Dover Union Free School District are closed Thursday as school and law enforcement officials investigate a potential threat to school safety, one day after two bomb threats forced the district to evacuate.
A message sent to students, teachers and staff Wednesday night announced that Superintendent Michael Tierney has decided to close all four schools in the district today “based on recent information received.”
“We will thoroughly investigate all concerns and work with the police departments to ensure everyone’s safety,” the statement read. “Thank you for your cooperation and support.”
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Wednesday morning, Dutchess County Sheriff’s deputies and state troopers responded to Dover High School after two bomb threats were received over the telephone.
Students from Dover Middle School, Dover Elementary School, Wingdale Elementary School, and the high school were evacuated as police used explosives detection police dog teams to search buildings.
No evidence of suspicious packages or devices were found, police said. As of 11 a.m. the evacuations for each school had ended and students returned to class.
The investigation into the two threats is ongoing, according to Capt. John Watterson of the sheriff’s office, and is being handled by sheriff’s detectives.
It is unclear at this time if the safety concerns causing the today’s closure were prompted by a third threat, and what that threat entailed.
In response to last week’s school shooting in Parkland, Florida, Tierney sent out a letter on Tuesday informing parents and students that the district’s administrative team had met and began drafting improvements to the district’s safety plan.
“In the coming days,” Tierney wrote, “our District Safety Committee, comprised of Dover Board of Education members, administrators, teachers, nurses, the transportation director, and officers from the NYS Police and Dutchess County Sheriff’s Office will jury the safety plan revisions to ensure that they are feasible and meet the needs of our school community.”
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