Below is a priority notice we received earlier today, Friday January 31, 2020, from the Maine Department of Education:
“We have been contacted by the Penobscot County Dispatch Center, on behalf of Orono Police Department, that a Maine business has received an email threat, with specific schools identified as targets. These schools have been contacted directly, and all local police departments have been notified. The situation is being investigated.
As a precaution, we have been asked to advise all Maine schools to increase situational awareness, and report any suspicious activity or persons to local law enforcement. Please advise bus drivers to also increase their awareness and report immediately any suspicious or aggressive behavior of other vehicles.
We will share information as it becomes available. Please utilize your School Safety Plans and coordinate your communications and efforts with local law enforcement.”
All school districts across Maine received this notification. RSU #34 schools were not mentioned in the threat and will continue with our regular school day practicing our regular safety precautions. In addition, out of an abundance of caution, we are working with our resource officer, the Old Town Police Department as well as Cyr Bus taking additional steps to keep everyone safe.
State Police are leading the effort to investigate the threat and coordinate actions on a state-wide level.