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OUSD Superintendent Morse: Update regarding Nordhoff High School

Tiffany Morse

Ojai Unified School District Superintendent Tiffany Morse, Ph.D.

 

Tiffany Morse emailed the following message on Monday, Sept. 16, at 10:29 a.m. in email to Ojai Unified School District families:
"Update Regarding NHS
Dear parents and staff,
As you are most likely aware there was an anonymous online threat posted yesterday specifically about Nordhoff High School. Due to the ongoing investigation by law enforcement and in accordance with standard police protocol we could not release any specific details about the threat, and it was not advised to involve any other schools.
This morning we were informed that another district received a similar threat, which led the police to believe that this was an online hoax. That information was not available last night.
In this era, we must take every threat seriously, even if it may not be real. We chose to contact NHS parents with the information we had available and could safely share. Our goal on this and all issues it to communicate as openly and transparently as we can, however there are often restrictions on what we can share.
We know that events like this are traumatic for students, families, and staff. The police will continue to be a presence at NHS and will monitor our other sites closely. There will also be counselors and therapists available on campus throughout the week for students who would like to talk. We are working with staff on strategies for talking with students about these serious issues, and we hope that you are also talking with your children at home. We are continuing to revise and update our school safety plans and working with law enforcement on appropriate training for staff.
Like all of you, we are sad about these types of events, worried about our students and community, and committed to caring for our students in every way we possibly can.
Tiffany Morse, Ph.D.Superintendent
Ojai Unified School District"