Posted Date: 10/17/2018
We would like to thank you for being patient during the lockdown/lockout situation yesterday afternoon at WHS and Libbey Elementary. We take school safety very serious and implement protocols to ensure that our students are safe. Yesterday there was a person who was reported to have a gun walking by our campus. This person is not a student of Platte #1. This is not normal and it is a cause for concern. When we learned of the situation we called the lockout/lockdown and notified the Wheatland PD. We remained in the lockout/lockdown until the end of the day for safety concerns. Wheatland PD stayed on campus through the entire afternoon and through the release of students at the end of the day. Considering the events of the afternoon, we felt that we should cancel school activities for the evening. Later last evening, WHS administrators learned that the Wheatland PD had the situation under full control and the protocol was officially cancelled.
Over the past month the district has used our standard response protocols (SRPs) for a variety of situations including the Britania fire where we reviewed our Evacuation protocols in the event Emergency Management officials ordered us to evacuate all or some of our buildings. We also used our Shelter protocol after receiving information from the County Health Officer about air quality warnings for those students with asthma or other breathing problems.
This past weekend we had a unique situation where another district used their Shelter protocol in one of our buildings when the Glenrock volleyball team stayed overnight at Chugwater HS due to the winter weather conditions.
We continue to use our protocols and place student safety first. We also continue to refine our work with other city and county agencies to limit the disruptions on students and families and apologize when not able to limit them totally. We appreciate your understanding of these events and if you should have any questions, please let us know.