Update for HHS Families – October 6, 2021

Dear Huntley High School families,

We would like to provide you with a more detailed summary of events this afternoon at High Huntley High School. Our administration was informed by multiple sources at approximately 1:30 p.m. of the potential for a weapon to be brought on school grounds before the start of 8th hour, which begins at 1:39 p.m. In response, our building was placed on a “Hold in Place and Teach” at approximately 1:45 p.m. Building administrators and law enforcement officers responded immediately to investigate this report and secure the building. Families were notified of the situation at approximately 1:50 p.m. and students remained supervised and learning in our classrooms.

 A “Hold in Place and Teach” means that hallways and common spaces were cleared, students and staff were required to stay in their classrooms, and no students, staff or visitors were allowed on or off of our campus. However, in this situation, teachers and staff were still able to meet our students’ varying needs, allow them safe access to restrooms, and ensure that all health concerns were addressed on an individual basis. 

After working through this investigation closely with the Huntley Police Department, no credible threat to student or staff safety was found. At approximately 3:15 p.m., parents and students were informed that the “Hold in Place and Teach” was lifted and that the campus was safe. Students at Huntley High School were then dismissed via a staggered release with increased police presence. County officials and law enforcement officers were also stationed at our entrances and Harmony Road to direct traffic in our effort to alleviate delays for our families.

We know our families experienced significant delays and increased traffic on Harmony Road and we understand the frustration this caused. We want to thank you for your ongoing patience as we worked to ensure the safety of each student on our campuses and expedite their safe return home. Of course, these situations are never ideal, but we appreciate our families’ understanding and support as we continue to respond and act with the safety of our students and staff at the forefront of all of our decision making.

We also know that these situations can increase levels of stress and anxiety for our students. While our priority this afternoon was ensuring that all of our students were able to get home safely, we want to let you know that our staff and counselors will be available to provide additional support to students throughout the day tomorrow and as needed. If you or your student is looking for resources and support from a staff member, please be sure to visit or contact your Student Services pod at any time. 

Thank you,

Dr. Marcus Belin
Principal

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