October 5, 2017 Earlville School Update
As you are aware, Earlville Schools went into a “full lockdown” on Wednesday, October 4. During a full lockdown, all students and staff remain within locked classrooms. We received information that a fugitive from the law who was considered “armed and dangerous” was in the nearby area. Earlville administration determined a full lock down was in the best interest of student and staff safety. To further ensure the safety of students and staff, Earlville Police assigned an officer to be present on school property. There was constant communication with law enforcement throughout the lockdown. After consultation with the Earlville Police Department, we determined that it was safe to dismiss students with the presence of additional police officers. We began dismissing students in small groups at approximately 3:20 p.m. All children were cleared from the building by approximately 4:00 p.m. and buses returned shortly thereafter.
Earlville administration maintained contact with law enforcement into the evening hours. As the situation developed, Earlville Police and the LaSalle County Sherriff’s Department recommended that school not be in session on Thursday, October 5, 2017 in order to ensure the safety of students and staff. Upon this recommendation, we made the determination that it was in the best interest of the students to not have school on Thursday.
We cannot thank you enough for the support you have demonstrated during this incident. In the coming days, we will be examining ways we can improve our response to incidents such as these. As always, please feel free to call Mr. Faivre or Mrs. Fruit at 815-246-8361 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org or email@example.com.