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The Harrison County School District would like to thank the Kentucky State Police and their K-9 Unit, and the Harrison County Sheriff's Department for their visit to Harrison County Middle School and Harrison County High School today.
Harrison County Schools will observe a Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Day on Monday, March 12th. Students should complete work for NTI Day 8 from their NTI packets.
Harrison County Schools appreciates the excellent work relationship with Harrison County Sheriff's Department, Cynthiana Police Department, and Cynthiana Fire Department. All three agencies have increased their presence in our buildings. We thank them for their help as we strive to maintain a safe school environment.
Due to current weather and road conditions, Harrison County Schools will be on a 2 hour delay on Friday, February 23. If conditions worsen overnight, the situation will be reevaluated.
Due to high water, Harrison County Schools will observe a Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Day on Thursday, February 22. Students should complete assignments for NTI Day 7 from their NTI packets.
There will be no school in Harrison County on Monday, February 12. We will observe a Non-Traditional Instruction (NTI) Day. Students should complete assignments for NTI Day 6 from their NTI packets.
New Kentucky requirements for your child's shots are in place for the 2018-2019 school year. Please review now, because there is a very strict timeline for when your child will need to get his or her shots. Informational letters concerning these changes were sent home earlier this month. Please see Harrison County Schools website for links to information by school level (elementary, middle, high).
On Thursday evening, January 25, 2018 at approximately 11 p.m., school officials received word from the Cynthiana Police Department, of an alleged threat of violence at Harrison County High School, which would take place on Friday afternoon, January 26, 2018. At the time of ascertaining this information, the police were actively investigating this threat.
At approximately 12:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26, school officials were informed by the Cynthiana Police Department that ...an investigation had been completed and the alleged threat was deemed “not credible.” Based upon that information, a decision was made by Superintendent Dotson, after consultation with school administrators and the board attorney, to move forward with school on Friday, January 26.
At approximately 5:45 a.m. an “all call” was made to parents of Harrison County students informing them of this situation. Since the threat was deemed “not credible” school would be in session.
On Friday, January 26, at approximately 6:45 a.m., while buses were in route and students were being picked up, school officials were informed by the police, that due to new information they had received, the above threat had now been reclassified as “credible” and the alleged perpetrator of the same was in custody. Since the suspect was in custody, school and the Cynthiana Police officials believed there was no viable concern or threat to students, therefore school would proceed.
At approximately 8:30 a.m. on Friday, January 26, school officials were informed by the Harrison County Sheriff’s office of an entirely different threat involving different individuals and different circumstances. This threat involved students at the High School, but did not mention the school in any manner. The sheriff’s office deemed this threat to be credible. As of 8:30, the alleged perpetrator of this threat had not been apprehended. Although there was no indication that this threat would take place at school, since it did involve Harrison County High School students, as a precautionary measure, the school was placed on lockdown to allow the Police and Sheriff time to locate the perpetrator of this threat.
At approximately 9:11 a.m. on Friday, January 26, the Harrison County Sheriff’s Department informed the school that the alleged perpetrator of the second threat was also in custody. The lockdown was then lifted.
Please keep in mind that all decisions in this matter were based upon the best information available to school and law enforcement officials at the time those decisions were made. The safety of each and every Harrison County School student was and is our utmost concern. Due to the chronology of events outlined above, a great deal of confusion and concern has undoubtedly occurred. We apologize for the same.
At approximately 8:45 a.m., the Sheriff's Department was made aware of a separate incident involving a threat from one high school student to another high school student. The high school was put on lockdown and remained on lockdown until it was determined that neither student was in school and the student making threats was in police custody.