District Statement about school threat and cancellation (Nov. 21, 2018)
Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018 — Following an early morning notification from the South St. Paul Police Department (SSPPD) indicating a threat against one of the district’s elementary schools, Superintendent Dave Webb notified students, families and staff that he was canceling classes and activities for all South St. Paul Public Schools (SSPPS). While the SSPPD was not certain of the credibility of the threat, the decision to cancel school for the day was made out of an abundance of caution.
The SSPPD released a statement at around 10 a.m. about the suspected individual responsible for this morning’s phone-in threat. HERE is a link that statement. Specifically, the SSPPD noted that they have “located the individual … [who was] found to be in an apparent mental health crisis … The SSPPD continues to investigate the incident.”
As such, all activities and programs scheduled for today, Nov. 21, 2018, have been canceled. The district anticipates that activities, including extra-curricular activities, will resume as scheduled on Friday, Nov. 23, and that it will resume its regular post-Thanksgiving schedule on Monday, Nov. 26. If anything changes to this schedule, the district will communicate with all students, staff and families via its electronic communication channels, including email, text, social media and websites.
“I am proud of our South St. Paul staff and how they put the needs of our students first,” said Superintendent Dave Webb. “I am also proud of the great communication and support we received from the South St. Paul Police Department. We are fortunate to have such a supportive community that truly cares about the welfare of everyone, especially our kids. What a wonderful thing to be thankful for at this time of year.”
Any additional updates and communications about today’s incident or future impacts on buildings and activities will be posted to the district’s website at sspps.org.