Attendance rebounds at Windham schoolsStaff Report | January 29,2013BRATTLEBORO — School attendance rebounded Tuesday in the Windham Southeast Supervisory Union a day after news of an unexplained potential threat caused nearly half of its 2,500 students to stay home.
Educators — learning from authorities that “a person who had previously made nonspecific threats regarding school-age people might be returning to the area” — decided to robocall families in Brattleboro, Dummerston, Guilford, Putney and Vernon Sunday to report schools in their towns would lock all doors to outsiders Monday.
The recording’s last-minute nature and lack of specifics alarmed many parents still reeling from last month’s school shootings in Newtown, Conn. But after a full day of news reports explaining the situation, nearly 95 percent of students returned to classes Tuesday.
“We’re going to maintain our security precautions,” said Windham Southeast Superintendent Ron Stahley, noting schools would continue to work with police to ensure a general sense of safety.MORE IN This Just In
- Most Popular
- Most Emailed
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1900, a crew arrives at a Scottish isle lighthouse to find the previous crew has vanished; in 1944, George S. Patton relieves Bastogne; in 1890, 'Uncle Charlie' Osborne born; in 1891, Henry Miller born in New York.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Capt. James Cook discovers and names Christmas Island, Brits develop and test H-bombs there in 1957-58; 100 years ago today, Christmas truce takes hold on Western Front in France, combatants observe the holiday.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: Gen. Wm. T. Sherman concludes March to the Sea, secures Savannah, Ga., offers the city as Christmas gift to Pres. Lincoln; N.Y.'s Lincoln Tunnel opens in 1937; first gorilla born in captivity, Colo, celebrates 58th birthday today.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Brent Curtis reports on the probe into a city bar fight involving police officers; Vt. Yankee has its last media day event before final shutdown next week; Depot Park hosts annual vigil to raise awareness of plight of homeless.
- TOMORROW'S HEADLINES TODAY: Vermont Gas Systems puts Phase 2 on hold as the latest estimate for Phase 1 takes a 27 percent leap upward, to a total of $157 million; U.S. Attorney Tristram Coffin quits for job with private firm; police cite man in pot bust.
- RICHARD'S POOR ALMANACK: In 1972, Christmas bombing of North Vietnam ordered by President Richard Nixon, most lethal strikes of the war; in 1989, U.S. invades Panama to depose, arrest and charge Gen. Manuel Noriega with drug trafficking, racketeering.