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Schools to Implement Added Safety Measures

Elko County School District (ECSD) will be implementing additional safety measures in response to an uptick of copycat threats of violence across the country.

Beginning on Wednesday, June 1, schools will be keeping exterior doors locked throughout the school day after students arrive. Added safety measures will be implemented for the remainder of the school year.

“After morning arrival procedures are completed, school staff will be securing all exterior doors at their campuses for the remainder of the school day,” said Superintendent Clayton Anderson. “This will look different at each site based on the function and layout of the campuses.”

In addition to the school resource officers present at schools every day, local law enforcement agencies are assisting in increasing law enforcement presence at schools for the remainder of the school year.

Schools will also have a procedure specific to their site which will direct how they receive visitors on their campus. For questions, please contact your child’s school site. 

The procedures and added safety measures come as the district was made aware of a possible threat of violence over the Memorial Day weekend.

“Individuals reported a threat of violence which was circulating on social media. School resource officers were able to immediately investigate the threat and make an arrest,” said Anderson. “The notification sent to parents on May 30, 2022, was sent with the intention to notify parents of a threat violence which had been resolved to help dispel any rumors or concerns.”

ECSD continues to work very closely with Elko County school resource officers, the Elko County Sheriff’s Office, and Elko Police Department in order to ensure schools are safe and reports of suspicious social media posts are promptly addressed.

A key component of safety and security at our schools is reporting to law enforcement anything you hear or see that is a concern, or via the anonymous reporting system, SafeVoice. All ECSD schools have access to SafeVoice to report safety concerns 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year.

We understand these messages are unsettling, but we believe it is our responsibility to communicate the ongoing efforts and resources available to our students, staff, and community. 

Should families need further information, please contact your school or the central office at (775) 738-5196. 

Please see our safety measures press release for more information.

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