Palisades Park Community:
I’m writing to follow up on my letter of May 21, 2018 to update you regarding the actions taken by the
Bergen County Sheriffs, Palisades Park Police Department, and school officials in response to threatening
graffiti written on a desk yesterday at Palisades Park Jr/Sr High School.
Prior to the start of today’s school day, two specially trained K9 dogs searched both the interior and exterior of the School and detected no threat. Additionally, school officials ensured that all students and staff were properly screened prior to being admitted to our facilities.
After consulting with the County Officers and local law enforcement, our schools were deemed safe and school opened at approximately 7:45 a.m. By 8:15 a.m. school was operating.
I thank you for your patience and assistance in working with us in this very important matter. During these very concerning times, each and every safety concern will be addressed immediately in partnership with experts in law enforcement.
I commend the authorities for their diligence and am extremely grateful to the faculty and staff for their ongoing commitment and dedication. I must also acknowledge the resoluteness of our students for their resilience in modeling appropriate behaviors during this stressful time. We all wish that this period of their lives could only be about fostering bonds that last a lifetime as they grow and learn together. However, the only way to make that wish a reality is through impenetrable safety and security procedures. Safety is and must remain our top priority.
I ask for your continued support over the final weeks of our school year as we work to ensure the safety and well-being of all students. Again, please discuss these concerns with your child (ren) and if you or your child have any information regarding this or any matter, contact the Palisades Park Police Department at 201-944-0900.
Joseph Cirillo, Ed. D.