Please see Superintendent Shelly Severson's information below regarding students arriving at high school and middle school on Thursday morning (May 31st):
The following is a communication shared with all families and staff members:
As we are one connected community and District, it felt important to share this message with all families and staff members. I also want everyone aware of our plans moving forward. Late this afternoon a written threat was found inside the boys' bathroom of the high school which stated that someone was going to “shoot" at BRFHS on May 31.
We have been working closely with Chief Bakken and Sheriff Waldera, and the full extent of their agencies, on plans to maintain a safe environment for our students.
Here are our plans:
On Thursday morning the entire high school will be swept with law enforcement and canine units to determine the building clear prior to any students arriving. The building will then be locked down at all entrances, except the one that the buses drop off at adjacent to the middle school and the main entryway by the office.
HS students will be required to enter through one of these two entry points. At each of these doors, there will be police with metal detectors as well as staff members to search students if it is warranted. All students that get dropped off or drive to the high school should plan to enter the building nearest the main office, the entrance by the middle school side will be filled with the buses dropping off. While it may be slow going, we will be thorough in our work.
Middle school students will all be using one entryway, the doors closest to the office. While there was not a threat detected at the middle school building, all involved felt it would be best to proceed with extreme caution. Students entering the middle school will also enter through a metal detector and will be searched if it is warranted.
Both agencies will be on high alert and will also be patrolling all of the SDBRF school buildings, both in the morning and throughout the day. A police presence will remain at the high school throughout the day.
I share this information with you in the spirit of full transparency. I cannot emphasize enough how much we appreciate the aggressive cooperation of our local law enforcement agencies. There will be over 18 officers on site in the morning. All of that being said, please know that families need to make their own decisions in the best interest of their children. Please call the office as usual if your child will not be in attendance to ensure they are excused.
It truly is unfortunate to have to share this message and take these steps, particularly on this same night that hundreds from our community joined in the theater celebrating the Class of 2018 Baccalaureate and Scholarship night – celebrating all that is good with our generous community.
We will keep you apprised of any new information or changes. As always, we have the safety of our students and staff as our highest priority!
Your partner in education,