To Members of the Lindenhurst School Community:

I would like to take this opportunity to address a few important points regarding the way in which the district responds to potential threats involving a student, a group of students, staff members, or the school in general.

When such information is reported, the district takes immediate steps to conduct an internal investigation. This is in addition to contacting and collaborating with the appropriate local authorities.

Any potential threat reported to the district is taken seriously. We will always err on the side of caution when addressing a potential threat to student or staff safety. This may include, but is certainly not limited to, visible (and non-visible) police presence, as well as additional security measures.

I recognize that for some parents, the presence of police in the district is unsettling. As such, the district proactively communicates their presence, when possible. Please be advised, however, that Suffolk County Police officers are making more routine visits to schools throughout the county given today’s social climate; therefore, please be advised that just because a police car is in front of a school does not mean that a threat exists or an incident has occurred.

As a parent myself, I recognize that receiving the news of a potential threat in the district can cause concern. I also understand the frustration in not receiving the full details of an event or threat. Unfortunately, the district is bound by law in what information we can share with the public. We must also respect the wishes of the police as they conduct their investigation and not share information that could compromise their efforts.

Please know that we also strive to communicate important information with parents in a timely manner. Unfortunately, in today’s digital age, rumors circulate throughout the community rapidly. In times of a threat or crisis, information shared on social media in many cases is full of misinformation. Please know that as a district, we work as quickly as we can to gather the facts before we communicate with parents. This, at times, cannot be as quick as the rumor mill spreads on social media. I understand that this can be frustrating; however, while we will work as fast as we can to communicate important information with parents, it cannot come at the expense of providing inaccurate or misleading information.

I respectfully ask your cooperation in helping to stop the spread of the “rumor mill” on social media. The district’s website, Facebook page and Twitter account are the ONLY official sources for district information. If you have a question about something you read on unofficial social media sites, I encourage you to first review the district’s sites, or contact the district directly for the most accurate information.

Our utmost concern is the safety of our students and staff. They deserve the opportunity to learn without fearing for their safety. We do all that we can to ensure that they have that opportunity.

Thank you, as always, for your continued support.
Sincerely,

Daniel E. Giordano 
Superintendent of Schools