Incident at School Board Meeting

Dear Hollister School District Community,

The purpose of this message is to inform the community of an incident that took place at the district office during tonight's meeting of the Board of Trustees. At approximately 8:00 pm, district staff was notified that San Benito County Sheriff received a threat of an active shooter at the district office. The San Benito County Sheriff and Hollister Police Department deployed a team of law enforcement officers who arrived within minutes to secure the location.

District staff moved quickly to lock all entrances to the Enterprise Room and adjoining buildings. For approximately 45 minutes, those in attendance were on lock-down in the meeting room with two law enforcement officials. The remaining officers then checked all buildings for the potential threat. At approximately 9:00 pm, the San Benito County Sheriff determined that the threatening phone call was a hoax and that there was no indication of a true threat. Consequently, all attendees of the meeting were escorted to their vehicles so that they could head home.

Tonight's event was frightening for those in attendance and we deeply thank both law enforcement entities for their efforts to ensure the safety of those in attendance. It is also a strong reminder of the importance of understanding the steps we must take to conduct regular and effective emergency response drills.

In the days ahead, district and school leaders will review our Safety Plans and emergency response procedures to ensure that all district work sites remain safe in an event such as this. I would like to thank all members of our school community who were in attendance at tonight's meeting for remaining calm during this time of crisis and for allowing law enforcement to do their work.

Tomorrow, the Hollister School District will check in with each employee who was in attendance at tonight's meeting to debrief and offer any support needed. If you have any questions about tonight's event, please contact Diego Ochoa at (831) 630-6300.