The statement below is a joint statement from:
The Swatara Township Police Department
The Lower Paxton Township Police Department
The PA State Police
The Central Dauphin School District
The Central Dauphin School District has been working with the Swatara Township and Lower Paxton Township Police Departments to look into numerous social media postings in relation to the safety and security of our schools. Numerous postings have been attributed to a person or persons re-posting information that is old and has already been investigated and cleared. To date there have been no credible threats identified. We understand that everyone is in a heightened state of awareness about these issues and we encourage people to share credible information with their local police departments. Both departments along with the Pa. State Police are being pro-active and will continue to have an increased presence at all our schools within the school district to address any and all concerns.
RE: Rumor of Threat to some CDSD Schools
On Tuesday, February 20, 2018, a posting to a social media website called SnapChat began circulating among school students in our area. In the post, it was alleged that the person who wrote the original message heard that “someone was going to shoot up a school.” The allegation made a reference to CD East Middle and CD East High. Again, the person posting the message alleged that they heard this and then posted it. At no time was a direct or specific threat made to or about either of these schools or any other school in our district.
The school principals immediately contacted the Lower Paxton Township Police who began an investigation. The principals assisted in the investigation to the extent possible.
The police believe that this social media posting was part of a chain of rumors circulating throughout Dauphin County schools and other districts in surrounding counties.
Out of an abundance of caution, police officers from every jurisdiction that covers our district, including Lower Paxton Township Police, Swatara Township Police, and the PA State Police, will have a presence at the schools today to the extent that they deem necessary in order to ensure smooth and safe operations at the schools.
This incident appears to be the result of students passing along the unsubstantiated comments of others on social media. If, at any point in the investigation, the police believe that a credible threat exists, we will notify parents immediately and take any further action as the situation warrants.
It is important for parents and students to understand that in this day and age of social media where rumors can run rampant, it is important to separate fact from fiction. Our district will always work with our law enforcement partners to accomplish that important task. We are thankful for the quick response and for the strong support that we have always received from these police departments.
Dr. Carol Johnson, Superintendent
2017-18 CALENDAR (ADOPTED 2/27/17, REVISED 1/22/18)
Last Day for ALL Kindergarten Wednesday, June 6, 2018
The conference scheduling link will go live on Friday, January 12th at 8:00 a.m. The link will be closed on Wednesday, January 24th at 12:00 p.m. On Friday, January 12th, we will send the link out via Blackboard Email as well as post it on our school website. We ask that between January 12th and January 24th you access the link to schedule your student(s) conference visit(s). Access to schedule via the provided link will close January 26th.
While we realize due to the large size of our school population we cannot always accommodate everyone’s first choice in conference times, we hope this process will allow you more flexibility in the conference time selection process. Please see the below directions for more information on how to select and schedule your conference time(s).
To schedule your preferred time for a parent-teacher conference,
Elementary Student Conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 7th. Kindergarten Conferences will be held on Tuesday, November 7th and Wednesday, November 8th. In an effort to facilitate conference scheduling and provide more flexibility to parents, Paxtonia will be scheduling parent-teacher conferences online.
We ask that between October 24th and November 5th you access the link to schedule your student(s) conference visit(s). Access to schedule via the provided link will close November 6th. While we realize due to the large size of our school population we cannot always accommodate everyone’s first choice in conference times, we hope this process will allow you more flexibility in the conference time selection process.
Please see the below directions for more information on how to select and schedule your conference time(s). To schedule your preferred time for a parent-teacher conference,
1. Go to www.myconferencetime.com/paxtonia.
2. Click on the name of your child’s teacher.
3. Select the desired date/time for your conference by clicking on “Sign Up.”
4. Submit the requested information. If you have several children attending our school, click on “Register for Multiple Conferences” and follow the prompts to schedule your children for several conferences.
After you schedule a conference online, the date and time are reserved for you. If you entered your email address correctly, you will receive email confirmation of your conference.
If you are unable to sign up for a time and date online, please send a note with three preferred times and dates to your child’s teacher. Once we receive your note, we will attempt to schedule a conference for your desired date and time but cannot guarantee your top choices as time slots fill up quickly. Thank you for your support of your child’s education.
PSSA ELA: April 3rd – April 6th
PSSA Math: April 25th – April 27th
PSSA Science: May 2nd – May 3rd
PSSA Make-ups May 8th – 12th
PSSA Parent Information Letter 2017
PSSA Cell Phone Policy Notification
PSSA Practice and Prep Resources
We appreciate all you do at home to support instruction and student learning. Below are some resources we recommend from Think Central and Go Math that may be helpful in supporting learning outside the classroom setting.