Plainview ISD delayed the start of school on Thursday morning by two hours. Students were sheltered at The Ollie Liner Center along with school personnel.
The following is the text of the announcement on the PISD Facebook page:
Important Announcement for Plainview ISD Community & Staff:
Good morning. Please be advised that earlier today, the Plainview Police Department received an anonymous threat to our campuses. In an abundance of caution we will be delaying school for 2 hours. The Plainview Police Department is working tirelessly to confirm and/or neutralize the threat.
We would like to thank the Plainview Police Department for having such a quick response to the situation and for ensuring the safety and well-being of our children, parents and staff. All parents have received a call through our automated calling system and will be updated as the situation evolves.
We will evaluate and communicate if any thing changes. We thank you in advance for your cooperation regarding this matter.
Anuncio importante para la comunidad y el personal de Plainview ISD:
Buenos días. Tenga en cuenta que hoy temprano, el Departamento de Policía de Plainview recibió una amenaza anónima para nuestros campus. En una abundancia de precaución vamos a retrasar la escuela durante 2 horas. El Departamento de Policía de Plainview está trabajando incansablemente para confirmar y / o neutralizar la amenaza.
Nos gustaría agradecer al Departamento de Policía de Plainview por tener una respuesta tan rápida a la situación y para garantizar la seguridad y el bienestar de nuestros niños, padres y personal. Todos los padres han recibido una llamada a través de nuestro sistema de llamadas automáticas y se actualizarán a medida que la situación evolucione.
Evaluaremos y comunicaremos si algo cambia. Le agradecemos de antemano su cooperación en este asunto.
Plainview Police on Thursday morning issued the following statement:
Plainview Police Department Receives Call for Bomb Threat to Schools
The Plainview Police Department received an anonymous call at approximately 6:45 a.m. this morning. The caller reported a bomb threat to the school and police promptly notified school officials. Precautions were taken to delay school and shelter those already on campuses at the Ollie Liner Center.
Plainview Police, along with the Hale County Sheriff’s Office, DPS and school representatives searched all the schools and no bomb was found. School campuses have been cleared for students and staff to return to their campus.
It is believed that a false threat was made and police have begun an investigation into the false call. If you have any information in regards to the investigation, please contact the Plainview Police Department at 296-1183.
Thank you to the Plainview ISD personnel as well as Hale County Sherriff’s Office and DPS for their quick response and assistance in this matter.
Plainview Independent School District released the following statement:
Dear Families and Stakeholders of the Plainview Independent School District,
Today, Thursday, September 27, 2018, the Plainview Police Department received an anonymous threat to an unspecified school during the early hours of the morning. Immediately upon the anonymous threat, Plainview ISD took preventative measures out of an abundance of caution to delay schools for two hours in order to prioritize the health and safety of the students and staff in our schools.
Plainview ISD Administration decided to delay schools for two hours to work with the Plainview Police Department in order to ensure the safety and security of our schools. Even though no threat was found at any of our schools, the Plainview Police Department will maintain a strong presence at our schools for the remainder of the school day, and additional security measures will be taken to monitor our schools.
Following a search of our campuses and several other safety measures, children and staff were allowed to return back to school starting at 10:00am with an actual return time of 10:30am. All absences will be excused for today and today’s absence will not count towards perfect attendance.
We apologize for the inconvenience and unnecessary anxiety that this situation puts on the students, staff and community in our school district, but please know that the safety and security of our staff and children are of upmost importance to Plainview ISD. We will continue to monitor today’s situation and continue to keep the safety and security of our students and staff as our highest priority.
We would like to thank the Plainview Police Department, Hale County Sherriff’s Office, Department of Public Safety, Homeland Security, the City of Plainview personnel and other community agencies for having such a quick response to the situation and for their tireless work ensuring the safety and well-being of our children, parents and staff.
Thank you for your continued trust and support.
H.T. Sanchez, Superintendent
Plainview Independent School District