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We are writing to make you aware of an unspecified, generalized threat about school violence at schools across the country tomorrow, Friday, December 17. This threat, which occurred on the social media platform TikTok, did not originate locally and at this time Averill Park CSD has not been specifically targeted. The District is working closely with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police. We will continue to work with our School Resource Officer and authorities on any next steps they may recommend.

As a precaution, law enforcement plans on having an increased presence at each of our buildings throughout the District on December 17.

Please speak with your children about the critical importance of sharing any information that they might have about:

  • any potential threats to our students, staff, or schools
  • any troubling behaviors displayed by their friends or classmates or
  • observations about anything that does not seem right in school

All threats of violence, even if made in jest, will be taken seriously and they may result in law enforcement becoming involved.

Should you receive any information about this that you believe requires immediate action, please call 911 to report it. If you have information that you believe we should be aware of, please contact your child’s building principal as soon as possible. In the meantime, we will continue to keep you updated with any information that we receive.

The safety of our students and staff remains our top priority. We appreciate your continued support as we work together to ensure our schools are a safe place for learning.