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May 27, 2018


Posted 12/13/17

K-9 sweep completed at GMS and GHS

On Wednesday, Dec. 13, local law enforcement conducted a sweep of the Gloversville Middle School and Gloversville High School with K-9 police dogs that are trained to find illegal drugs and other substances. The searches found no illegal substances in either building.

This sweep was similar to those conducted in the past in Gloversville schools as part of the district’s continued partnership with local law enforcement. This partnership contributes to the safety and security of our buildings, promotes a drug-free school zone and helps create an atmosphere in which students know drugs and other illegal substances are not acceptable. It is important to note that any student found in possession of illegal drugs or other substances prohibited on school campus will be subject to GESD policies and state and federal laws.

The K-9 sweep occurred in conjunction with two other safety drills — both mandated by New York State. GHS practiced a lockdown drill beginning at 8:30 a.m., followed by a hold-in-place drill. A “lockdown” occurs when there may be an imminent threat INSIDE the school. State law requires lockdown drills be practiced four times each year.  A “hold in place” may be initiated to limit access to an area of a building in certain cases, such as a medical emergency or a maintenance issue. Students and staff remain in classrooms until the situation can be resolved.

Police officers from Gloversville and Amsterdam, as well as Fulton County Sheriff’s deputies, and deputies from other nearby counties, assisted with this effort.

If you have any questions about the sweep or other school safety measures, please contact the GMS principal’s office at 518-775-5721 or the GHS principal’s office at 518-775-5710.