We are grateful that all Spanish Fork High students and staff are safe. Due to a hoax of an active shooter, at 9:57 this morning law enforcement entered Spanish Fork High School. Immediately the school was put into Lockdown protocol. Within minutes there were over 100 officers in our building. As they followed their protocols, information came in that several other schools throughout the state had received similar threats. That being said, the threat at Spanish Fork High continued to be taken seriously. Law enforcement proceeded with all measures to ensure the safety of our school. Once it was determined that there was no threat, the reunification process began.
We are so grateful to our law enforcement partners for the quick response to today’s situation. It was humbling to witness these brave men and women come from all around Utah Valley and enter the school without hesitation.
Additionally, we want to recognize our amazing faculty and staff. They followed the safety protocols they have been trained on. They maintained composure in a highly stressful situation, which made it possible for students to remain as calm as possible. Law enforcement was complimentary on how well faculty followed these protocols.
We are aware that many students left personal belongings in the building. For those that feel they need their belongings tonight, school staff will be here until 4:00 p.m., please enter through the main door and check in at the front office. A staff member will walk with you to the classroom to pick up your belongings. All other items will remain safe and secure in the classrooms until tomorrow morning. We will have counselors and other support staff available to help students in this time of need. They may go down to the counseling center as needed.
All practices, games, concerts and all other school activities have been canceled tonight. School will resume as normal tomorrow morning at 7:50 a.m. Additional police presence will be on campus throughout the day.
We love our Don community. We are grateful for our first responders, parents, faculty, students, and district office staff. This was truly a team effort to keep our students safe.
Matt, Jade, Bart, & Seth