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Important safety reminders for families

ALBANY, N.Y. (Feb. 8, 2017) -- On Wednesday, Feb. 8, a William S. Hackett Middle School student reported that while walking to school in the morning she was approached and touched inappropriately by a man near the intersection of Morton Avenue and Hawk Street.

 

The student responded appropriately to the situation, running away immediately and reporting the incident to staff when she arrived at school. School security personnel immediately contacted the Albany Police Department. Later in the morning, police arrested a man on New Scotland Avenue following a report of a similar incident in that area (the New Scotland Avenue incident, which occurred near Quail Street, did not involve a student). Police have charged the man in both incidents.

 

The safety of all of our students is a top priority throughout the City School District of Albany. We ask parents and guardians to review the following safety tips with the entire family. These tips are intended to keep children safe while they are walking, biking or riding a bus to school in the morning and home in the afternoon, as well as anytime they are out in the community without adult supervision.

  • NEVER WALK ALONE Walk with an adult family member, an older student or with a group of students.

  • DO NOT TALK TO STRANGERS – If approached by a stranger RUN immediately to the nearest store or crossing guard and tell an adult about it.

  • COME TO SCHOOL ON TIME – Sometimes being late is unavoidable. Parents and guardians, on those occasions please escort your children into the school building and be certain of their safe arrival.

  • WALK AGAINST TRAFFIC SO YOU CANNOT BE FOLLOWED – It takes time for a driver to turn around and it will give you a head start.

  • TELL SOMEONE IMMEDIATELY – If you have had something happen to you, have had an experience that made you feel uncomfortable or scared, or if you have information, tell school officials or your parents immediately.

 

Please review this information at home and emphasize the importance of avoiding strangers. If you have any further questions please contact the Office of the Superintendent at 475-6010.

 

The mission of the City School District of Albany is to educate and prepare all students for college and career, citizenship and life, in partnership with our diverse community. The district serves more than 9,600 students in 17 elementary, middle and high schools. In addition to neighborhood schools, the district includes several magnet schools and programs, as well as other innovative academic opportunities for students, including four themed academies at Albany High School.

         
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