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Important Info for Stratford Parents - 12/12/18

December 12, 2018

Dear Stratford Middle School Parents and Guardians:

The purpose of this letter is not to alarm you, but to inform you of a situation that occurred recently at Stratford Middle School.

Recently, Stratford Middle School students reported to school administrators that they heard another student make a statement threatening the safety of members of our school community. Immediately upon learning this, Stratford administrators began investigating the situation, working closely with the Bloomingdale Police Department. Together, we conducted a thorough investigation, and we are completely confident that there is no danger to students, staff members, or other members of the Stratford community.

The safety of all of those within our building will always be our utmost priority. Please know that we will always take the potential presence of a threat to our community immensely seriously, regardless of the specific circumstances, and any student who makes a threat will receive appropriate consequences.

Please use this as an opportunity to reinforce the following safety tips with your child:

Threats to the safety of any person or persons are dangerous and are not jokes.  The presence of such threats will be taken seriously and will not be tolerated.
A student should inform an adult, either in person or through our SafeSchools Alert safety tip reporting system, if he or she becomes aware of any type of threat or unsafe circumstance. More information on SafeSchools Alert can be found at     
A student should seek help immediately from an adult, or call 9-1-1, if he or she senses any type of dangerous situation.
I thank our students for sharing information about a potential threat with our administrators. I appreciate your continued support as we seek to maintain the safest learning environment possible for our students and staff members. If you have questions about the contents of this letter, please contact me at or 630-671-4300.


Patrick Dawson
Stratford Middle School