As was communicated via our Blackboard notification system earlier today, the Jefferson Township High School received a call that prompted concern for the safety of the school. The call was received at approximately 8:20 am at which time the high school and middle school immediately entered a shelter-in-place. Jefferson Township police quickly arrived at the school to ensure the safety of all students and began their investigation.
Out of an abundance of caution, the decision was made to dismiss the middle and high school students and staff while the police department, officers from surrounding towns, NJ State Police, and Morris County Sheriff continued to conduct their investigation.
In collaboration with the police department, it was determined that our elementary schools remained safe and secure and could continue with their regular operations for the remainder of the school day. A Township police officer was stationed at each school as an extra precaution.
This situation may prompt a range of feelings among our middle and high school students. Please be prepared to have conversations with them following today’s events. Parent resources to help provide support for children after a tragic event can be found on our District Guidance & Counseling Page. In addition, a directory of county services can be found on the Morris County Emergency Management website. Additional counselors will be available at both schools next week in the event your child would like to speak with someone.
If anyone has any information pertaining to today’s incident, please contact the Jefferson Police 973-697-1300 or CRIMESTOPPERS 973-267-2255.