All schools within Genesee County are closed today and tomorrow in response to an alleged threat. With the recent tragedy in Connecticut and the rumors circulating about the end of the Mayan calendar, school officials have decided to start Christmas vacation early.
Officials with the Genesee Intermediate School District released this statement:
All Genesee County school districts are closed for Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21.
“It is clear that last Friday changed all of us. As educators, we acknowledge, and we believe our communities would agree, that schools are at the center of concern right now. As school district superintendents, we have been in constant communication with one another and there are too many unique factors that have influenced our unanimous decision to cancel school for Thursday, Dec. 20 and Friday, Dec. 21.
Our communities are anxious, parents are concerned about the safety of their children, there are rumors that have multiplied as a result of social media, and there are threats within local districts that bring pause as to whether conducting classes would be appropriate. We have discussed information from local law enforcement, the realities of being able to investigate every threat, information related to district sensitivities, and our concerns about whether a normal instructional day could be achieved. Our conclusion is that canceling school is the appropriate thing to do.”