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Superintendent's Message about return to school on Nov. 26, 2018

Greetings South St. Paul staff and families,

As was shared with all families and staff last week, the South St. Paul Police Department (SSPPD) located the individual responsible for the threat of violence made against South St. Paul Public School (SSPPS) on Wednesday, Nov. 21, 2018. The individual, who was found to be “in an apparent mental health crisis,” was taken to a local hospital for evaluation. The SSPPD has since shared with district administration that there is no credible threat against the district at this time. As such, we look forward to returning to a normal routine for school tomorrow.Welcome back to school

We take this opportunity to again thank our colleagues at the SSPPD, with whose partnership we are able to ensure a safe and secure learning environment for all students and staff. We also want to take a moment and share with staff and families some resources that may be helpful in talking with children about last week’s threat and school cancellation.

We understand that this can be a scary situation for children and it is important that we respond to each child’s reaction appropriately. It is most important that we let our children lead the conversation and not force children to talk about the threat. We share with you HERE a resource that may be helpful as you talk with your child about threats of violence should they have questions or concerns.

While the weekend started before we expected, I do hope that all SSPPS students, families and staff were able to spend this extended Thanksgiving holiday break with family and friends. I am truly grateful to be a part of the SSPPS community and I look forward to a great start to the week tomorrow!

 

Sincerely,

Dave Webb, Ed.D.
Superintendent