Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Continued focus on safety at Hazen Union through the end of the school year

Hazen Union students and staff focus on learning and finishing out the school year, even with increased security measures following an anonymous online threat Sunday, June 12th. The threat occurred through the "After School" social media app, which prompted extra safety precautions this week.

For the second time, students were met by staff at the front doors of Hazen Union for a bag search. Again, nothing was found. Students were respectful and helpful during this process. School administrators continue to collaborate with the Hardwick Police as part of an ongoing investigation.

Parents/guardians received a call on Monday morning to inform them of the threat and that the school would be taking precautions to ensure student and staff safety. A follow up call was sent to Hazen parents/guardians Monday afternoon with the plan for the remainder of the year. Information about the situation and the ongoing investigation was sent to local news channels Monday afternoon to help keep the broader community informed in addition to posting on the school’s website and social media and OSSU’s website.

General updates about the school will be sent out on the school’s social media accounts Tuesday and Wednesday. Links to these sites are below. At this time, all scheduled events, including field trips and activities, will continue as planned. As a general precaution, there will be increased supervision and increased police presence for the remainder of the school year.

Hazen Union on Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/HUSVT
Hazen Union on Twitter: https://twitter.com/hazenunion

Read the full update provided by Superitnendent LeBlanc and Hazen Union Administrators on June 13th: http://tinyurl.com/z22lv5k

Read a May blog post by Hazen Administrators on the potential dangers of social media apps like After School, as well as conversation starters for parents and students on the topic of safety while using social media: http://hazenleadership.blogspot.com/2016/05/open-letter-to-parents-regarding-mobile.html