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URGENT: Camp Timber-Lee Still On

 
April 14, 2017
 
Dear 5th Grade Families,

This message is to provide an update regarding next week’s fifth grade trip to Camp Timber-Lee. Over the past several days, we have remained in close contact with the local police department and camp personnel. We have received confirmation that law enforcement has apprehended the individual and that the situation no longer presents a safety concern for students and staff attending camp.

Based on this update, we have made the decision that students will attend Camp Timber-Lee next week as originally planned. Students who are attending on Monday should come prepared to leave for camp. If you or your child is still not comfortable attending for any reason, we will refund your camp fees. Your child should still plan to attend school, and will be assigned to another classroom.

Thank you for your patience in this matter. I want to assure you that nothing is more important to us than the safety and well-being of our students. We ask that you discuss the situation with your child and reassure them that the camp is safe and that they will be accompanied by trained and caring staff members. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s principal.

Sincerely,

John P. Price
Assistant Superintendent of Schools  

 
April 13, 2017
 
Dear 5th Grade Families,

Next week, fifth grade students from schools across District 65 are scheduled to visit Camp Timber-Lee in East Troy, Wisconsin on an annual overnight trip. As you may have heard in the news, a nationwide manhunt is currently underway for an “armed and dangerous” fugitive who has close ties to and was last spotted in the town of Janesville, Wisconsin. This is approximately 40 miles west of Camp Timber-Lee. While local, state, and federal authorities are conducting an exhaustive search, his whereabouts are still unknown. Over the past 24 hours, our team has consulted with and continues to remain in close contact with local authorities in Wisconsin, Camp Timber-Lee staff, and the Evanston Police Department.

Based on our current knowledge of the situation, we would not send students to Camp Timber-Lee. However, given the long weekend ahead and the dedication of law enforcement to resolving this situation, we will wait to make a final decision until Saturday at 12pm regarding schools scheduled to attend on Monday (Dewey, Lincolnwood, Rhodes, and Walker). On Saturday afternoon, we will send an email and phone call with an update to all parents of fifth grade students. We will also post a status update on our website (district65.net).

We know that many of our students look forward to this valuable experience and we want to give them every opportunity to attend. Yet, their safety, and the safety of staff who are attending, remains our top priority. Teachers spoke with students this afternoon about this situation, telling them that there is an unsafe person living in a town close to Camp Timber-Lee. If you have questions or concerns, please contact your child’s principal.

Sincerely,

John P. Price
Assistant Superintendent of Schools



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