At 6:06 a.m. today, a North Colonie School District custodian doing his usual rounds of Shaker High School noticed an unusual package outside the main entrance of the school. District administrators and the Colonie Police were immediately notified, and the package was deemed to be suspicious in nature.
Students who were already on their way to school via bus or car were initially rerouted to Our Lady of Assumption Church according to district safety plan protocols. In consultation with local police, a decision was made to enact a two hour delay for all schools in North Colonie, grades K-12.
While police conducted their investigation, students on buses were brought to the junior high school and Blue Creek Elementary, both of which had been deemed safe by police. Police continued to maintain a presence throughout the entire campus, as bomb-sniffing dogs from the NYS Police, the city of Troy Police Department, and the Albany County Sheriff’s Department swept the high school.
Police declared the high school was safe at 9:00 a.m. and an all-clear message was sent out districtwide. Instruction and activities have returned to normal in all schools.
“We exercised an abundance of caution today,” said Superintendent Joseph Corr. “While we recognize this morning’s discovery caused questions and concerns, student and staff safety will always be our top priority. We appreciate the quick response of our local law enforcement and did our best to keep everyone informed as quickly as possible as events transpired.”
The package that was in front of the high school has now been moved to the police department where it is being examined by forensic investigators. Police are not releasing any details on the contents of the package until investigators complete their work.
The high school does have cameras outside of the building, and footage of an individual was captured on video in that area of the high school last evening. This has been turned over to police to aid in their investigation.
The school district will continue to post updates on its website and via SNN as more information becomes available. In the meantime if you or anyone you know has any information regarding the suspicious package, please contact Colonie police at 518-783-2754.
As always, if you have any questions or concerns about student safety, please contact Superintendent Corr at 518-785-8591.