Chambersburg Area Senior High School and Magnet School closed today due to threat

FRANKLIN COUNTY, Pa.– The Chambersburg Area School District has chosen to close two of its schools due to a threat.

Chambersburg Area Senior High School and Magnet School will be closed on March 21 due to what the school district says is a “potentially credible threat”:

All other schools in the district will remain open tomorrow.

Update, 1 p.m.: The school district released a statement Thursday afternoon.

At approximately 10:30 PM, Wednesday, March 20th, District staff received an anonymous tip from the Safe2Say reporting program regarding a threat of violence at the Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS). After initial investigation, District staff deemed the threat to be potentially credible and the determination was made to close CASHS. Out of an abundance of caution, the Career Magnet School (CMS) was also closed for the day.  At no time were any students or staff in immediate harm.

CASHS Staff initially reported to the District administration offices in the morning to give time for District police to sweep the high school. After the school was deemed to be safe, CASHS staff entered the building.

The Chambersburg Borough Police, Pennsylvania State Police, and the FBI were immediately notified of the threat and began an investigation. At this time, no credible threats have been found by authorities, but the investigation will continue.

All evening activities for Thursday, March 21st will occur as scheduled and all District schools will be open tomorrow, Friday, March 22nd. Any further changes to school schedules will be communicated to parents/guardians via the District all-call system and to the community via the District website and social media channels.

The Chambersburg Area School District encourages parents/guardians, students, staff, and community members to remain vigilant and to report any suspicious activities immediately to local authorities. All threats against students and staff are taken seriously and will be acted upon. Our top priority remains the safety and security of our students and staff.

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