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School Closed Today: Grades 6-12

School Closed Today: Grades 6-12

Dear RPS Students, Families and Staff,

Early this morning we received online threats against our secondary schools. While we have been partnering with police to investigate the credibility of the threats, due to the timing and the recent events outside our homecoming game, we have made the decision to close our secondary schools today. This includes Richfield Middle School, Richfield High School, the Richfield College Experience Program, and our Transition Plus and EBD programs at the South Education Center.

All elementary schools will remain open as they were not the target of the threats. Elementary schools, including the Central Education Center, will have additional staff on site from the District Office, as well as patrols throughout the day from the Richfield Police Department. If families choose to keep their elementary students home for the day, it will be an excused absence if they follow their school’s absence reporting procedures.

We will continue working throughout the day with the Richfield Police Department and other law enforcement to investigate the threats. Staff at our secondary schools and the district office should report to their buildings by 10 a.m. Look for an email from your building administration with additional details.

We are aware that this is an unsettling message to receive. We are grateful to the Richfield community for your support and to the individuals who reported the threats to us. While we had hoped to see students today to offer support, connection and learning, we are making this decision with student and staff safety in mind. Support staff will be available via phone or Google Meets to support students and families.

Sincerely,

Superintendent Steven Unowsky
 

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