Safety Message from Dr. Jeannie Stone:
February 22, 2018
Dear Richardson ISD Parents,...
Today at Richardson High School, two students threatened a school shooting as a hoax. The campus was placed on lockdown and the threats were investigated. Thousands of parents and students became extremely concerned, the school day was disrupted for every student and teacher, and important law enforcement and security resources were diverted to the school to ensure its safety until the threat was cleared.
Our safety and security procedures worked as intended and I’m thankful to our partners at the Richardson Police Department, and our school and district staff, for their work.
Two students have been arrested and charged with felony crimes. Their choices today will impact them for remainder of their lives.
Parents, please know how much I care about your kids, and I urge you to please talk with them. Impress upon them the importance of working together to ensure our schools are safe. And likewise, please help them understand that actions or statements in any forum that threaten school violence, even if no harm is intended, will be met with life-changing consequences in the criminal justice system.
Thank you for helping us keep our schools safe.
Dr. Jeannie Stone
Update from Principal Choat re: Safety Events of Today (February 22, 2018):
Dear Eagle Parents,
I’m writing to summarize for you the safety-related events of today and provide some additional information....
During our lunch period, students began reporting the presence of graffiti in two separate bathrooms that made specific threats to “shoot up the school” later this afternoon. Administrators verified the messages and alerted our school resource officers (who are Richardson Police Officers), and additional RPD officers responded. The school was placed on lockout through our lunch period and then on lockdown when students returned to classrooms.
During these safety drills, police, district security and administrative staff secured our building and investigated the source of the graffiti threats. After approximately 90 minutes, we were able to identify the source of the graffiti as two RHS students, and police ascertained that the threats were a hoax and no intent existed to harm anyone.
At approximately 2:30 pm, RPD provided the all clear and the lockdown was lifted. Normal operations resumed and we dismissed at a normal time.
The students involved were arrested and are facing felony criminal charges.
I’d like to thank the students who immediately reported seeing the threats. They did exactly what students have been asked to do when they encounter threatening information. Further, Richardson Police should be applauded for their immediate response, actions and quick resolution. Finally, thank you to our staff and students for staying calm and complying with lockdown procedures as the investigation occurred.
I know in this age of social media and instant communication that many of you were very concerned for the safety of our children. I can tell you that our safety and security measures worked today as they were intended to, and I am confident that RHS remains a safe campus for our students, staff and visitors.
"All Clear" UPDATE from RHS via text @ 2:41pm:
RHS Safety Update: The investigation has identified the source of the graffiti threats against the school and Richardson Police have given an all clear. There is no threat to the school and the lockdown has been lifted. Normal operations are resuming - dismissal will occur at normal time.
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Online Enrollment for the 2018-19 school year for currently-enrolled students in grades K-11 is February 26 through May 18. Students new to RISD in 2018-19 will not be able to enroll online and should contact their attendance area school for registration information.
A new online enrollment system, PowerSchool/InfoSnap, is being introduced this year. Click on this link for details: http://www.risd.org/Group/Parents/online-enrollment.html
Congrats to RISD teachers Stephanie Miller and Austin Aeschbacher for being selected as finalists in the prestigious 2018 H-E-B Excellence in Education Awards program.
Skyview ES music teacher Stephanie Miller was selected as a finalist for the Leadership Award, which recognizes outstanding Texas teachers with between 10 and 20 years of experience.
Northlake ES science teacher Austin Aeschbacher was selected as a finalist for the Rising Star Award, which recognizes exception...ally promising Texas teachers with less than 10 years of experience.
Each received a check for $1,000 and their schools received another $1,000. Both educators now have an opportunity to be selected as the statewide winner in their category, which will be announced in May.
Quick reminder! AP Exam Registration closes at 5pm on Friday, February 23, 2018. More information here: https://schools.risd.org/Page/2450
Hey folks, if you have some time Friday morning (Feb 16th), please help out RHS PTA Cares and give out chocolate kisses to our students for Random Acts of Kindness Day. Sign Up Genius link is here: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4bafae238-random
Join PTA Cares on February 16th to hand out Hershey's Kisses for Random Acts of Kindness Day. SigUpGenius Link: http://www.signupgenius.com/go/60b0a4bafae238-random