Monday morning Update on School Safety

School leaders, police chief provide update on safety concern
Posted on 09/24/2018
West Irondequoit Central School District Superintendent Jeffrey Crane, Irondequoit Police Chief Richard Tantalo and WICSD Executive Director of Operations, John Conti provided an update Monday morning on safety at our schools.

As we shared late Sunday night and early Monday morning on Facebook, the person who caused school and police officials to have concern is no longer at-large. Tips to our Safe School Helpline (1-800-418-6423, ext. 359) alerted school leaders and then they informed IPD of a potential security threat posted via social media. There was increased security and police at our schools Monday morning and that will continue throughout the day and week, as necessary.

"Let me just emphasize that the system we set up last year with this (Safe School Helpline)," Crane said, referring to the implementation in March of the anonymous tip system, "worked exactly the way we needed it to work. We've all heard, 'If you see something, say something.' But in addition if you are concerned about a youngster for any reason, you use that phone line to get our attention."

Chief Tantalo added that the potential threat was "non-specific" and not directed at any one individual or group or directed to happen at any specific building. 

"The school is safe. The community is safe," Tantalo said. "We feel very confident that we've mitigated this. We've worked through it."

For more information, including media inquiries, contact the WICSD Office of Public Information at 336-3067.