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April 13, 2018

 

Good Morning,

Last night, a number of school district superintendents from around the state received a threatening e-mail that appeared to come from the same source and was very similar as the e-mail that was received last Sunday. Although no specific cities, schools, dates or times were noted, we take all threats seriously and continue to work with law enforcement to ensure the safety of all of our students and staff.  We remind all students, parents and members of the community to report anything suspicious or unusual to school officials or law enforcement. Again, we consider our schools to be safe for students and staff AND we look forward to seeing all of our students in school today.

 

Cordially,

Daryl

 

Daryl F. Camp, Ed.D.

Superintendent

Riverbank Unified School District

(209) 869-2538

 

Buenos días, anoche, varios superintendentes del distrito escolar de todo el estado recibieron un correo electrónico amenazante que parecía provenir de la misma fuente y era muy similar al correo electrónico que se recibió el domingo pasado. Aunque no se mencionaron ciudades, escuelas, fechas u horas específicas, tomamos todas las amenazas en serio y seguimos trabajando con las autoridades para garantizar la seguridad de todos nuestros estudiantes y personal. Recordamos a todos los estudiantes, padres y miembros de la comunidad que informen cualquier cosa sospechosa o inusual a los funcionarios de la escuela o al cumplimiento de la ley. De nuevo, consideramos que nuestras escuelas son seguras para los estudiantes y el personal Y esperamos ver a todos nuestros estudiantes en la escuela hoy.

 

Cordialmente,

Daryl

 

Daryl F. Camp, Ed.D.

Superintendente

Riverbank Unified School District

(209) 869-2538

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Threat from Monday, April 9, 2018

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Riverbank Unified School District Families,

On Sunday night, April 8, 2018, RUSD and several school districts across the county and state received an email with a bomb and shooting threat. The threat was generic and did not target any specific schools or people. The threat also did not specify a date or time. The email was sent directly to my email address, as it was to the other superintendents across the county.  After receiving the email, we immediately contacted the Riverbank Police Services/Stanislaus Sheriff’s Department. On Sunday night and early Monday morning, we were not aware if other school districts had received the same message. During the morning hours on Monday, April 9, 2018, we began receiving information that several other school districts in Stanislaus County, as well as schools, throughout the United States and in the United Kingdom received the identical threat from the same email address. The email appeared to have originated in a European country.

The Modesto Bee reported these threats as a hoax related to an online gaming prank.  You can read the story here:

http://www.modbee.com/news/local/crime/article208339529.html

 

At this point in time, we do not believe this is a credible threat. Nonetheless, we always take threats very seriously and will continue to consider the safety of our students and staff as a high priority.

 

I want to remind families that we have safety plans in place for each school site and we work closely with law enforcement to review and update our safety protocols regularly.  If you have any questions about school safety protocols, please contact your site principal or the Riverbank Unified School District at (209) 869-2538.

 

Sincerely,

Daryl F Camp, Superintendent

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

 

1.         When was the RUSD first notified of the threat?

At approximately 10:00 PM on Sunday, April 8, 2018, the superintendent, Dr. Daryl Camp, received the email threat. At that time, Dr. Camp was working at the District Office.

2.         When was law enforcement notified?

Law enforcement was notified immediately. Dr. Camp worked with the Riverbank Police Services throughout the night to evaluate the credibility of the threat.

3.         When were Riverbank Unified School District families notified of the threat?

RUSD posted information about the threat via Twitter slightly after 6:00 AM on Monday morning. The twitter account is linked to the District’s webpage and Facebook account. RUSD intended to send a message to all RUSD families via the auto-dialer system on Monday morning; however, some communication and technical challenges slowed the process in creating and sending out a message.

4.         What is RUSD’s protocol for sharing information with families?

In general, RUSD will share as much information with families as necessary so students, staff and parents are aware of current or emerging incidents. We consider the safety of students and staff as our number one priority. Hence, we will share useful information while respecting student and family privacy rights and providing a safe and supportive learning environment for students and staff. At times, sharing all information may not be beneficial to managing the situation and may not be advantageous to providing a safe and supportive learning environment.

5.         Did other school districts receive the same message?

Yes. Many school districts in Stanislaus County and districts throughout California and around the nation received the same email. However, the number of school districts that received the email threat was not known to school officials on Sunday evening or throughout the night. School officials began to receive information from other school districts in Stanislaus County between 7:30 and 8:30 AM on Monday morning.

6.         What is being done to better respond to any future situations of a similar nature?

In RUSD, we regularly debrief situations after an incident. During the debrief session(s) we discuss successes and challenges. Then, we take action to address the challenges.

7.         What went well with this incident?

Here are some positive discoveries from this incident?

  • RUSD seemed to react to the perceived threat sooner than many school districts in the county.
  • RUSD’s message, around 6:00 AM, provided families with some known information before the start of school.
  • The Riverbank Unified School District and Riverbank Police Services worked well together to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
  • Our site and district officer leaders are likely to answer calls after 11:00 PM and/or make calls before 6:00 AM if the need arises.

8.         What we learned from this incident?

Here are some of our lessons learned from this incident:

  • RUSD should continue to use multiple methods to disseminate information to families, including, the auto-dialer, Twitter and Facebook.
  •  Our families prefer to be notified of incidents as soon as practical and prefer to be informed of as many details as feasible.
  • It is difficult to receive information, evaluate the information and, at the same time, communicate information to our families.
  • It is difficult to communicate a message via Twitter due to the limited number of characters permitted.
  • Every effort should be made to provide school site and District office personnel, such as principals and secretaries, with as much information as possible so they can share information with parents who call.

9.         Is the RUSD more concerned about money than student safety?

Providing a safe and supportive school environment is a priority for all staff. Student safety is always our primary concern. We decided to keep schools open on Monday because after evaluating the email threat with law enforcement, we felt it was in the best interest of our students, staff and the community to keep schools open for learning. This decision was not made lightly.

 

In general, when students do not come to school, they miss out on valuable learning experiences and RUSD receives less funding to serve our students. It is true that the RUSD receives funding to serve students based on the number of students in enrolled in our schools and the rate in which students come to school.

10.       Where and when can you share your thoughts, concerns or suggestions?

We always welcome suggestions on how we can improve with serving our students. You may share your thoughts, concerns or suggestions with school officials at each of our school sites or call (209) 869-2538 and share with District Office personnel.

 

Additionally, you are welcome to attend a meeting with the superintendent who will be available at the District Office, 6715 7th Street, on Wednesday, April 11 at 9:00 AM and on Thursday, April 12 at 3:00 PM.

 

Developed on Tuesday, April 10 at 7:45 AM

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