Superintendent statement

Lockouts WJSHS at WES

This morning, a staff member notified a principal at Watervliet Junior-Senior High School about an alleged threat against the school. The principal immediately contacted the Watervliet Police Department to investigate. In an abundance of caution, the high school and elementary school were placed in lockout around 9:45 a.m. Classes proceeded as scheduled at both buildings, however, access to the schools was restricted.

At approximately 11:00 a.m., police deemed it safe to lift the lockout.

“I appreciate the staff member who came forward with this information, and am grateful to the Watervliet Police for acting quickly to investigate,” said Dr. Lori Caplan, superintendent of schools. “We take all threats against our schools seriously because the safety of our students and staff is a top priority.”

Dr. Caplan also thanks teachers and staff for ensuring “business as usual” this morning inside classrooms, and parents and families for their patience and cooperation during the lockout.

Watervliet Police are continuing their investigation into this incident.