Our school operated in "Secure Mode" for approximately 20 minutes on Dec. 9. We were informed by Lapeer City Police of a potential unspecified threat in the Lapeer area and advised to go into secure mode. Twenty minutes later, we were informed that a subject had been taken into custody for questioning but no further details were provided. We were permitted to end "secure mode" at that time.
Please be assured that we immediately secured the building and no direct apparent threat was observed to our students, staff, or building. We presented the situation as a lengthy secure mode drill so as to not worry the students.
The safety of your children is of prime importance. For that reason, please be advised that we do not permit anyone other than staff or students into our building without permission at any time. If you need to speak with your students' teachers or assist your student in any way, please check in at the front office.
Further, if we are advised to go into "secure mode," we are not allowed to release students even into their parents' care while in that mode. Thank you for helping us to ensure the safety of your students.
Here at Bishop Kelley Catholic School, the safety of our students and staff is extremely important. When we learn of potential threats, we go into Secure Mode as appropriate to the situation: Doors are locked. Students are kept indoors. We remain in contact with local law enforcement, media, schools, the parish offices, and other resources as needed. We also strive to remain in contact with families to give them the best information we have available. And, of course, we pray for peaceful, safe outcomes.
In addition to keeping your children safe, we also strive to use such situations as opportunities for them to learn safe, calm conduct. We conduct safety drills throughout the year to reinforce the current best safety practices.
We hope and pray that the unthinkable never happens here but please be assured we are doing the best we can to ensure the safety of our BKCS family.
To give a visual witness of our prayerful support for the people of Oxford Community Schools, we will have a jeans today, Friday, Dec. 3.
Please wear your favorite jeans (blue preferred) along with the Oxford Schools' colors of blue and gold. Or, you may wear Oxford Schools' or Oxford, MI, shirts, hoodies, or jackets.
Please bring $1 or more, which will be donated to help victims' families with unexpected expenses resulting from this week's tragedy.