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Late Thursday night, the Averill Park Central School District received a threat directed toward the District from an unknown person or persons. We wish to stress that it is, at present, an unsubstantiated threat. Out of an abundance of caution, the District will be closed tomorrow (Friday, December 17) for all students in grades K-12. The District will still provide transportation for all full-day out-of-district programs and to all private and parochial schools. There will not be transportation to half-day Questar III BOCES CTE programs.

Upon learning of this threat, the District immediately contacted law enforcement and is currently working closely with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police.

The investigation is ongoing, and we will continue to work with law enforcement to determine who is responsible. Threats off all kinds, including those made anonymously, are taken very seriously. If it is a student that is determined to have made the threat, they will face serious consequences through our school’s Code of Conduct, as well as potential criminal charges.

We are grateful for the relationship and cooperation we have with the Rensselaer County Sheriff’s Department and the New York State Police, and for the speed at which they react to safety issues that arise within our district.

Please know that safety is of the utmost importance at Averill Park CSD. We ask you to reinforce with your children the importance of reporting any suspicious activity to an adult as soon as possible.