Classes at Issaquah’s Pacific Cascade Middle School will resume as scheduled Jan. 5 after a threatening letter prompted the school to close for three days before Christmas break.
The typed letter was found Dec. 17 outside a teacher’s classroom and threatened violence against four school staff members two days later, according to the Issaquah School District. The note also made reference to a firearm and contained unspecified threats of violence at lunch or during the school’s winter assembly on Dec. 19, the district said.
Classes were canceled from Dec. 17 to 19 while police investigated the threatening letter.
In a recent letter to parents, Pacific Cascade Principal Dana Bailey wrote that the “threat has passed” and classes will resume Jan. 5, but with a modified schedule.
The start of school will be delayed one hour so parents can attend a meeting from 7:40 to 8:10 a.m. in the gym, according to Bailey. Parents are asked to check in at the office to receive a visitors badge before gathering in the gym
“This Monday morning meeting will be an opportunity for parents to hear directly from us our plan on how to return our operations back to normal,” Bailey wrote. “After the meeting, any parent who would like to be extra eyes and ears or a presence at the school is invited to stay as long as they would like on Monday.”
Bailey said a town-hall meeting on school safety will be scheduled at a later date.