Bay Area schools deemed safe following threats to LA, NYC schools

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SAN FRANCISCO (KRON) — Following the threat that led to the closure of all schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District Tuesday, police and school district officials said that no threats have been made locally but that officers will increase their presence in and around campuses as a precaution.

An email threat prompted the closure of the second-largest school district in the nation, keeping nearly 700,000 students home Tuesday.

New York City also received the same threat as Los Angeles did but quickly deemed the email as a hoax and kept their schools open.

The Bay Area did not receive any threats and all schools are proceeding with their normal schedules. However, some are adding increased security measures to ensure the safety of the students.

“Student safety is of the utmost importance,” said an official with the San Francisco Unified School District. “If we had reason to believe students were in danger, we would take every necessary precaution. We work in close coordination with City departments and will continue to do so.”

San Francisco Police Department said officers will be visibly present at their assigned schools as well as patrol officers conducting passing calls in and around the schools.

Most schools will not see any changes in their security practices, but the districts are in contact with local law enforcement and are monitoring the situation in Los Angeles.

Below are statements released by schools or their affiliated police departments regarding the recent threat to LA schools:

Alameda County Office of Education: Working with Hayward PD, Alameda County Sheriff’s and reviewing safety plan and lockdown procedures
Fremont Unified School District: In contact with the Fremont Police Department, no threat regarding any FUSD school, classes are proceeding as normal
Martinez Unified School District: No particular changes, school regularly practices safety drills and plans
Napa Valley Unified School District: Normal school day, maintaining usual protocols regarding safety and security
Oakland Unified School District: Monitoring the situation in LA, but haven’t made any changes to practices
Richmond Police Department: Remain open with their respective normal schedules, looking out for unusual circumstances
San Francisco Unified School District: Schools are open, no threat, working in close coordination with City departments

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