Wynantskill UFSD Gardner-Dickinson

Swatting Update 3/30

Dear Families and Staff:

Today, several 911 centers received swatting phone calls indicating an active shooter at local school districts. Ultimately, these threats proved to be false after investigations by law enforcement.

In response, Wynantskill initiated our emergency procedures including a lockout while law enforcement investigated. Several other schools also implemented lockouts due to these outside threats.

Please note that a lockdown is called when there is something dangerous inside a building while a lockout (or secure) occurs when there is something dangerous outside a building. This is an important distinction that changes the response of a building and law enforcement.

Swatting incidents are threats made with the purpose of triggering a police (or SWAT team) response to a particular address and creating mass fear and panic. The perpetrators often use computer-generated calls and caller-ID spoofing to disguise their numbers, which may be coming from outside of the country.

Several states have experienced similar swatting calls. Over the past two days, it has been reported that these calls have impacted schools in the Adirondacks, Buffalo, Hudson Valley, Central New York and Westchester in New York and Berkshire County in Massachusetts.

We know many of our families, students, and staff are understandably concerned about school safety, especially considering Monday’s shooting in Nashville. Please know that the health, safety and well-being of our students and staff is our top priority. We take all reports of threats seriously. We have developed plans for each of our buildings, including secured entryways, emergency drills, and relationships with law enforcement.

I want to thank everyone for their patience and cooperation. While these threats are concerning, we ask that you please keep a sense of calm and cooperation. This is an opportune time to remind you of the importance of reporting anything out of the ordinary. As always, we will continue to ensure that our exterior doors and windows are secured and that we are screening all visitors at building entrances before letting them inside.


Thank you

Wynantskill UFSD

Wynantskill UFSD Gardner-Dickinson

“Swatting” activity in a local District 3/30

At this time there is a “Swatting” case in a local district. This is where someone calls 911 and says there is an emergency and/or active shooter in the school to get a police response. 

At this time NG Police confirms that it is a swatting and that we don’t have to call a lockout but just to be overly cautious, we are going to go into a lockout due to the police activity in the area. This means classes are as usual but we will not exit the building nor let anyone in unless we know them and their business. 

Three Rensselaer Co. Sheriffs are here in the building and will be staying with us until this is over. 

Thank you,

Dr. Yodis

GD Power Issues Resolved – See you tomorrow!

Attention GD Families:

Gardner-Dickinson’s power issues have been resolved – we can’t wait to see all of our students tomorrow!

As a reminder: there will be no school on Friday, March 17th for Regional Staff Development Day.

Thank you!

UPDATE: NO SCHOOL Wednesday, 3/15/23

UPDATE: Due to a power outage at Gardner-Dickinson that is expected to last throughout the day, GD will be CLOSED today, March 15th, 2023. No synchronous instruction will be provided by our teachers due to outages in the area however asynchronous instruction using IXL, MyOn and seesaw/google classroom resources are encouraged for those who are able to do so.
Thank you.

Two Hour Delay Wednesday March 15th, 2023


Due to the ongoing poor weather and travel conditions, Wynantskill UFSD will have a 2-hour delay tomorrow, Wednesday, March 15th. Please stay tuned to our website, social media, and email/text alerts for further possible updates.


Thank you!

SNOW DAY: No School Tuesday March 14th 2023

Attention Wynantskill UFSD Families:

Due to the impending storm with the likelihood of power outages and State of Emergency declared by the Governor and our local Rensselaer Co., there will be no in-person/remote learning tomorrow Tuesday, March 14th, 2023. Students may enjoy a traditional snow day. 

As you are aware, our District used up this year’s allocated snow days. However, due to the State of Emergency declaration, the school will not be penalized for using an emergency day and this will not cause us to change any scheduled days off.

Please stay tuned for updates regarding delays/remote status for Wednesday, March 15th by checking out social media, website, and local TV stations.

For more information regarding the State of Emergency declared by the Governor, click here: https://www.governor.ny.gov/executive-order/no-27-declaring-disaster-emergency-counties-albany-broome-cayuga-chenango-columbia

Don’t hesitate to contact us with any questions, and stay safe!

Wynantskill UFSD