Dear Catskill Community,
This morning the Catskill Police Department received a swatting call related to the High School. Catskill Central School District put all our school buildings and offices into a Shelter in Place. Due to the High School being on remote learning, there was no one present in the building. The police department thoroughly checked the High School building as well as our Middle School and Elementary School buildings. They quickly determined there was no danger, and after we received the “All Clear” from the police department, the Shelter in Place was lifted.
Swatting incidents are false threats made to schools with the purpose of triggering a police response and creating fear and panic. There have been numerous swatting calls that have involved Capital Region schools today. Several states across the U.S. have experienced similar mass swatting attempts in recent months.
As a precaution, all outdoor activities for the school day have been moved inside. At this time this does not impact today’s after-school activities and sports.
We are very thankful for the swift response from the Catskill Police Department and the Greene County Sheriff’s Department.
As always, the safety and security of our students and staff are our top priorities.
Melissa A. Barrow
Superintendent of Schools