From the Superintendent

West Irondequoit CSD update from Aaron Johnson

December 16, 2021

Dear Families,


Earlier today, we became aware of a threat on TikTok about school violence occurring on school campuses nationwide on Friday, December 17th. We convened our district threat assessment team and completed a comprehensive analysis of the information. That included consultation with the Irondequoit Police Department. Based on the work of this team and the input from IPD, we have determined there is not a credible threat to our community at this time. Our administration will continue to actively monitor the situation in collaboration with IPD. Please continue to report anything you see or hear using the Safe School Helpline or a trusted adult in the building. By reporting in these ways, you're helping to ensure that our district and building process is informed and we continue to stay on top of this matter.


We would like to commend the people who made the initial reports to bring this information to our attention and thank the district threat assessment team and IPD for their rapid response and thorough investigation. For your information, the district threat assessment team is a multidisciplinary team comprised of trained administrators, staff, school security, IPD, Monroe County Department of Human Services and others. This team gathers all relevant information, including materials such as past history and behavior, social media, reports from key individuals and family, and other sources. All information is processed and discussed following the structured training to determine the credibility and level, if warranted. Because we completed this training and created the threat assessment structure just prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, we have not developed a community understanding. At this time, we are able to shift attention back to ensuring that we are building awareness among all stakeholders.


Thank you for your continued partnership in ensuring the health and safety of our students and staff.


Respectfully,


Aaron R. Johnson, Ed. D

Superintendent of Schools