Important safety reminders for families
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
The safety of all of our students is a top priority throughout the City School District of
We ask parents and guardians
to review the following safety
tips with the entire
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.
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
children into the school building
and be certain of
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
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