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
The East Cheer Team spent the weekend in Florida for the National Cheer Competition, where 44 teams in their division competed to move to semi-finals. The team moved on from prelims where they only took 18 teams to compete in semis! The team hit a clean routine with zero deductions and advanced to finals! Your East High Cheerleaders are ranked 12th in the nation!
The team had an amazing season with being so young. We have 14 on the competition team where 7 of them are new members to the team and 2 of them never cheered before. Congratulations East Cheer!
School will now be in session on Feb 19th, March 29th, and April 2nd for snow make-up days.
ATTENTION ALL SPRING SPORTS ATHLETES:
Sports physicals will be held at CD EAST HS on THURSDAY, FEBRUARY 15th and on FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 16th at CDHS, starting at 2:30PM in the main gym. Physicals are offered to students at the cost of $20.00. Cash or check is due with the physical. Please make checks payable to Central Dauphin School District. There is no charge for recertification physicals. The physical packet and recertification packet is available online, in the main office, and can be printed from the CDSD website. All physicals completed by a medical examiner outside of the school for initial physicals must be dated after January 22, 2018 or dated after June 1, 2017 and accompanied by a recertification packet (including Cheerleading). All physicals must be turned into your school’s main office or athletic training room no later than WEDNESDAY, FEBRUARY 28 , 2018. Contact the Athletic Trainer if you have any questions.
ImPACT Testing for East High spring sports is scheduled for February 27th, February 28th, and March 1st at 3pm in Tech Room III (CDEHS). All incoming freshman athletes, any athlete who is new to CDSD, and any athlete who doesn't have a test on file must complete a baseline ImPACT Test to be cleared for spring sports.
2017-18 CALENDAR (ADOPTED 2/27/17, REVISED 1/22/18)
Last Day for ALL Kindergarten Wednesday, June 6, 2018
Below is the East High School Emergency Plan, a simple guide for parents of what to have ready, and what to do and not to do, in the event of an emergency at Central Dauphin East High School.