JEFFERSON – The Jefferson-Morgan School District evacuated its elementary and junior senior high school Wednesday for a reported bomb threat, the second time this month the district responded to such a threat. State police were on scene at the school buildings.
Parents in the district received a one-call notice shortly before 1 p.m. alerting them students were safe and had been relocated to the Parker Field House. As was the case with a May 2 threat, they will remain at the field house until the regularly scheduled dismissal time.
In the May 2 threat, a note was found inside the junior senior high school. It is not clear how the threat was made Wednesday. At the May 19 school board meeting, Superintendent Donna Furnier addressed questions regarding the May 2 incident. Furnier said students were taken to the field house rather than following the district’s emergency plan due to the immediate threat of when the bomb was to go off as per the note.
She also noted busses were not immediately available to take students from the schools to the designated safe areas at the fire hall and local churches.
In light of the May 2 incident, a new school board committee, the emergency preparedness committee, was formed to work with police and the Greene County sheriff in reviewing the district’s emergency plans.