Weld RE5J School District

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Van and Bus Drivers Needed

We are searching for people to join our Transportation team. We need people to drive full sized buses as well as our mini-vans.

This part-time position works well for those who are retired, self-employed, or parents with students in school. We offer paid training to help you prepare for any necessary tests.

If you are interested please apply at the “EMPLOYMENT” drop-down
and follow the prompts to apply. We look forward to hearing from you.

Transportation Department
Weld County School District RE-5J
110 S. Centennial Dr., Suite A
Milliken, CO 80543
970-587- 4020
terry.ruddick@weldre5j.org
kathy.seele@weldre5j.org
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Joint Statement for Johnstown Police Department and Weld RE-5J School District

The Johnstown Police Department and Weld RE-5J School District offer the following joint statement:


Since Tuesday December 4, 2018, several threats to Weld RE-5J schools have been reported through Safe2Tell. We can now report that a juvenile female has been arrested. She is in custody and being charged with False Report of Explosive Devices (18-8-110, Felony 6) and Interference with an Educational Institution (18-9-109, Misdemeanor 1). Together, we are continuing to follow several other active leads related to the sources of the threats this week and other arrests are possible.



We wish to communicate that law enforcement and the school district have a zero-tolerance policy when it comes to false reporting. We have reason to believe that several of the threats we have investigated this week have been hoax threats. These threats are taken very seriously. They are not a joke and can have devastating consequences.


Issuing a false threat is a federal crime (threatening interstate communications). Those who post or send these threats can receive up to five years in federal prison. In our community, people who make hoax threats will be prosecuted to the full extent of the law.


In addition to consequences for individuals who issue threats, there is also a significant societal cost. Law enforcement agencies have limited resources and responding to hoax threats diverts officers and costs taxpayers. The threats also cause severe emotional distress to students, school personnel, and parents.


If you have any information about the threats that were made over the course of this week, please contact Johnstown Police Department Commander Sanchez at 970-587-5555 or asanchez@johnstownpolice.org. We will release more information as it becomes available.
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Update Concerning Events of Dec 5

During the course of the morning we received multiple Safe2Tell reports identifying a possible school shooter and bomb threat at Roosevelt High School (RHS). The Johnstown Police Department was engaged from the start.

They immediately began a search for a person of interest; the Northern Colorado Bomb Squad brought in bomb sniffing dogs that secured the RHS building. A person of interest has now been detained as reported by the media. All school lockouts have been lifted and RHS is resuming a late start schedule. We believe there is no longer a current threat to student or staff safety.

We are cooperating with law enforcement in their investigation. Thank you for your patience and support.
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Statement Concerning Events of Dec 4

Dear Weld RE-5J Families:

Several events taking place in our district today require your attention. This will be one of multiple communications to our community. These communications will also be placed on our website and Facebook page.

We received a Safe2Tell report this morning regarding a bomb threat at Roosevelt High School (RHS). The report indicated that if the RHS students participated in the planned walk-out today that there would be a person that would open fire on them. It also stated that there was a bomb at RHS. This report initially resulted in a lockout for RHS, which was the target of the alleged bomb threat and potential shooting, as well as a lockout for Letford Elementary School because of its proximity to RHS. This lockout was under the direction of the Johnstown Police Department. This law enforcement agency later required the evacuation of RHS students to Grace Community Church, utilizing the district’s evacuation and reunification, so that they could continue their investigation of the bomb threat that was reported through Safe2Tell. Bomb sniffing dogs went through RHS and the building has now been cleared by the Johnstown Police Department and the Weld County Sheriff’s Department.

Colorado Revised Statutes prohibits us from showing the report that was received via Safe2Tell. The Safe2Tell Law is: CRS Sec 24-31-601. If you need clarification on the Safe2Tell law, please call 1-720-508-6800 (administrative office for Safe2Tell).

While the district’s evacuation and reunification plan is to transport students to Grace Community Church, many students refused to follow the protocol. Some of these students walked or drove away on their own, with some of these students gathering at the district’s administration offices and others to unknown locations. The failure of the students to follow the evacuation route and the reunification process has resulted in the difficulty and delay for many parents in reuniting with their children.

The safety of our students is of highest priority to all employees in the district. The district must take any threats received through Safe2Tell seriously, and we always work closely with and follow the instructions of our partner law enforcement agencies. On the occasions that the district must engage a lockout or an evacuation of a school, we need everyone to follow the safety and security plans. Cooperation by everyone from the students and staff, parents, and law enforcement, to the community is critical. We ask that everyone do their part to help keep our students safe.

Additionally, hundreds of high school students missed out on educational opportunities today due to this threat. We want to make it clear to anyone who made false threats that the disruption of the educational environment is unacceptable. Students need to be aware that law enforcement agencies are taking these types of threats very seriously and are pursuing prosecution even when such incidents are intended as pranks.

Updates for this afternoon’s events: All high school sports and activities will continue this afternoon as planned. The Pioneer Ridge Elementary School choir concert tonight is canceled because the students were not able to go to the Roosevelt High School performing arts center today for rehearsal. Pioneer Ridge Elementary will update the parents and students when the event is rescheduled.

Sincerely,

Leslie Arnold
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AE Education Programming Request for Qualifications

Weld RE-5J School District is requesting statements of qualifications from Architect/Engineer Planning (AEP) firms to assist the district in the development of an educational program plan and vision for the District. The selected firm will help to determine the facility solution that best supports student centered learning in preparation for a 2019 Capital Improvement Bond.
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