ROBBINSVILLE, NJ -- To allay the concerns of parents and residents throughout the community, the Robbinsville Township School District released a statement Friday addressing two lockdowns that had been put in place on back-to-back days - one at the Robbinsville High School and one at Sharon Elementary School.
In the statement, the school district said that "a lockdown is a precautionary measure that requires all staff and students to take shelter in locked classrooms until the perceived threat has been evaluated and the building has been deemed safe. A lockdown can be called under a variety of circumstances, including a medical emergency or the need to isolate an area of the building.:
The statement also note that the lockdowns on Thursday and Friday were both false alarms.
"We are proud that staff and students effectively carried out the established protocols. Additionally, officers from the Robbinsville Police Department responded with a tactical approach and methodically cleared hallways and classrooms. As we debrief over the next few days, we believe that these incidents will help us to refine our protocols even further," said the school district.
The statement did not address the reasons why a lockdown was put in place at either Robbinsville High School or Sharon Elementary School.
The lockdown at Sharon Elementary School on Friday was in place for approximately a half an hour which delayed the dismissal of students. Robbinsville Police Department cleared the school "room to room" ultimately declaring the school safe with no harm to the students or faculty.
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