Letter from Superintendent Dr. Van Scoy: Today's Events

June 3, 2022


Dear Gananda Families and Community,


First, I want to start off by saying thank you.  Thank you to our staff, to our students, to our parents, and to our law enforcement agencies. It has been a traumatic day for our entire Gananda community. 


We recognize the anxiety you are all feeling, we are all feeling it too. Take time to process, hug your children, your families, and your pets. Take time this weekend to breathe. Our students and staff are safe, and no one was injured. 


At approximately 11am a Wayne County Sheriff's Deputy and a Macedon Police Officer reported to the middle school.  This was because 9-1-1 received a call claiming there was an active threat to the school. At that time, our middle school went into lockdown and our elementary and high schools were put on lockout. Multiple agencies responded to the threat, including Wayne County Sheriffs, Macedon Police, ATF and NY State Troopers. When law enforcement arrived at the high school and elementary schools, they were placed on a lockdown. Law enforcement took control of the situation until it was determined that the middle school was safe. The student responsible for calling to report the threat was located and removed from the school. It was determined that the call was not credible, there were no weapons on school grounds, and no one was hurt.  Law enforcement continued to clear the buildings to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff. During this situation, we also had an ambulance report to the elementary school.  This was due to an alarm that was tripped during the sweep of the elementary school. There were no injuries at any of the school buildings today.


While today‚Äôs events were traumatizing, we are grateful that all systems operated as they should have. We were once again impressed with the response of our local law enforcement agencies and our staff. Everyone did exactly what they were supposed to do today. That said, there are things we have learned so we can continue to make improvements. 


We recognize that our students and staff will need support. We have been through a lot this year, especially in the past few weeks. As such, we have reached out to our TIG (Trauma, Illness and Grief) team and the Wayne County Crisis Integration team to be on site on Monday to provide mental health support. We have included a document below for our families, to help support students. Know that law enforcement will be present on all campuses on Monday.  Their presence is not about safety, their presence will be to rebuild the positive connections that may have been damaged by their active presence today.  

 

We are #GanandaProud and we will get through this together. We need to continue to support one another and remain vigilant with things we see and hear in the community. We will once again be hosting a community forum on Tuesday, June 7th for those interested in attending.  We will send more information about that this weekend.


Sincerely,


Shawn Van Scoy, Ed.D.

Superintendent, Gananda Central Schools