Brief lockout (not lockdown) at Hamagrael on Friday

Hamagrael Elementary School went into a brief lockout (not a lockdown) this afternoon after the school was notified by the Bethlehem Police Department that officers were looking for an individual in the neighborhood surrounding the school who may have posed a safety threat to others. There was no threat directed at the school. The individual was quickly located and detained. The lockout lasted approximately 8 minutes, from 12:50 p.m. to 12:58 p.m. In a lockout, there is no imminent threat inside the building but a perceived threat somewhere outside the building. In a lockout, all students who are outside are brought inside and instruction continues as scheduled. In addition, all outer doors remained locked and no visitors are allowed in until the lockout is cleared. The Bethlehem Police Department gave the all-clear for the lockout to end at 12:58 p.m. All safety procedures and drills practiced in the Bethlehem Central School District are summarized here.