However, in the wake of a threat made last week, if students decided to skip, they wouldn’t be penalized.
Norwalk City Schools Superintendent George Fisk and Norwalk Police Chief Dave Light issued a joint statement about the situation Thursday.
Light said a concerned parent came to the station at 10 p.m. Oct. 5 to report the incident. The threat originated on a website known as Sarahah, an online platform that allows users to post anonymous comments and feedback.
The threat stated: “I’m going to shoot up your school on a beautiful Friday next week. Be prepared and expect the worst.”
If the threat were to be carried out, the indication is it probably would take place today — Friday the 13th.
“Since the receipt of the message, the Norwalk Police Department has conducted an investigation and determined the threat is non-credible,” the police chief and superintendent’s statement stated.
“The Norwalk City School District will operate as normal (today). This choice was not made lightly or in isolation. Input from law enforcement was a significant factor in the decision and we appreciate their guidance and support. The Norwalk Police Department will maintain a presence throughout the district.”
Police also had an increased presence at the high school last Friday.
On Tuesday, three local residents shared their concerns with the Norwalk school board about the way the district handled the online threat reported by a Norwalk High School student.
Fisk shared information about the matter and excused absences in a One Call Now message to parents Thursday afternoon. He directed them to the school website for details.
“The safety of those entering our schools is a serious issue,” Fisk said. “We understand the concerns of our parents and respect their right to make decisions for their children. To that end, parent requests to excuse their children from school on Friday will be honored and credit will be given for missed work providing parents notify their child’s school by phone on Friday and send in a written request on Monday. Students will be able to participate in extra-curricular activities regardless of attendance on Friday.
“Both the Norwalk City School District and the Norwalk Police Department recognize this situation is stressful, worrisome and frustrating for our students, parents, staff and community. We thank you for your patience and support.”