Dear CCSD Families & Educators,
As a follow up to the letter below, I wanted to share a little more information on the events of today.
No CCSD schools received a prank call; all CCSD schools were put on lockout based on advice from law enforcement.
In addition to the swatting concerns, law enforcement received information regarding a possible situation in Gilpin County. Given the close proximity to Gilpin for most of our schools, a lockout was deemed the appropriate safety protocol.
Lastly, below is information shared by Jeffco, from the FBI:
The Federal Bureau of Investigation released this statement:
FBI Denver is aware of numerous threats made today to a variety of organizations and institutions across Colorado. The FBI works closely with its law enforcement partners by providing resources and guidance in these investigations and can recommend cases for federal prosecution. While we have no information at this time to indicate a specific and credible threat, we continue to work with our local, state, and federal law enforcement partners to gather, share, and act upon threat information as it comes to our attention.
It is important to note that law enforcement will use all available resources to investigate a threat until we determine whether it is real or not. Investigating hoax threats drains law enforcement resources and diverts officers from responding to an actual crisis. More information about the consequences of posting hoax threats can be found on fbi.gov. We urge the public to remain vigilant, and report any and all suspicious activity and/or individuals to law enforcement immediately. – Statement from FBI Denver
We are grateful that throughout the day, all students and staff remained safe. Days like today can cause extra anxiety and stress in students, staff, and family members. Resources are available to our community through the Jefferson Center for Mental Health, https://www.jcmh.org/, and Resilience 1220, https://www.resilience1220.org/. Please don’t hesitate to reach out to one of our principals, counselors, or mental health staff should you need assistance.
Superintendent & Lead Learner
Dear CCSD Families,
Today a number of school districts across the state went on lockout due to potential external threats, including CCSD. Lockout means “business as usual” inside the building, and no outside activities around the schools.
At this point we believe school districts are being targeted in “swatting” attempts. Swatting is when a prank call is made to law enforcement or schools/district in an effort to prompt a large law enforcement response.
Thank you to students and staff who maintained a day of learning while ensuring all safety protocols were followed.
Each school community sent out a shoutpoint message via phone this morning to alert families of the lockout. If you did not receive the message, please contact your child’s school.
We are especially grateful for all first responders in Clear Creek, including law enforcement who acted quickly and effectively today.
Superintendent & Lead Learner