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December 16, 2021: General TikTok Nationwide Concern

Dear Rocket Families,  

The District has been made aware of a challenge circulating on TikTok with a non-specific “threat” against schools in the United States for this Friday, December 17, 2021. No specific threat has been made against any Spring Grove Area School District school buildings. The safety and security of our students, faculty, and staff is always our highest priority. We take seriously any information shared with us regarding a potential threat to the safety of our school community.   

We have consulted with our School Resource Officers (SROs) as is our practice whenever we receive information or tips related to a safety or security concern. Our SROs and District Officials have reviewed the information and have determined that, at this time, there is no need to alter our normal school operations or plans for this week. Should that guidance change, we will communicate that to our staff, students, and families directly using our Sapphire Notification System.  

Please take this opportunity to talk with your student(s) about the seriousness and resulting consequences of making any kind of threat, and about the appropriate use of social media. Encourage your student(s) to speak with you, an adult at school, and/or the SRO if they see or hear something so that immediate action can be taken. 

As a reminder, our District offers any parent, staff, or student the opportunity to report safety concerns anonymously through Safe2Say Something, a web-based, anonymous tip reporting line provided in partnership with the PA Attorney General’s Office. To access this information, click here: https://www.safe2saypa.org/. Safety concerns and tips may also be reported using the Northern York County Regional Police Department’s tipline at 717-467-8355. 

If there are any updates to this situation, we will communicate them to you directly via email and post them on our district website. Thank you for partnering with us to keep all our students, staff, and community members healthy and safe. 
 
Thank you, 

Dr. George W. Ioannidis 
Superintendent