First, the Bedford Police is working hard to identify who made this threat. The police want to make sure whomever did this faces the consequences. I can share with you that I have confidence that the threat came from outside our community. If and when I have more information about the investigation, I will share that with you.
Second, this emergency was a good reminder of how important quick communication is. To continue to improve that, I will be testing out the phone message system next . I will be placing calls to primary phone numbers and emergency phone numbers. You will be able to confirm that we have the right phone number(s) on file. I will also be testing email (and possibly text messaging) capabilities. If we have the wrong information, I will explain how to change it.
Third, during the day , I was reminded of an observation by Mr. Rogers. He said, "When I was a boy and I would see scary things in the news, my mother would say to me, "Look for the helpers. You will always find people who are helping." , I was struck, over and over again, by the helpers - Bedford policemen, Bedford teachers and administrators, fellow students, and patient parents. Together I think we showed each other that we are here to help each other.
Thank you for all responding so well.
Health Alert -
The New Hampshire Division of Public Health Services has identified two human case of Eastern Equine Encephalitis ("Triple E") in the state this year. They have asked us to remind parents to use prevention measures to avoid mosquito bites by wearing protective clothing, using insect repellents, and reducing environmental mosquito populations. For any questions, please contact NH DHHS, DPHS, Bureau of Infectious Disease Control at 603-271-4496 (after hours 1-800-852-3345 ext.5300).
In addition, seven cases of Enterovirus-D68 have been identified in New Hampshire. Infants, children, and teenagers are more likely to become infected with symptoms that can include a runny nose, sore throat, cough, wheezing, rash and fever. Parents should keep children home when they are sick.