Soft lockdown ends following potential safety threat in Conant community
Conant High School entered a brief soft lockdown during fourth and fifth period today in response to a potential safety threat in the Conant neighborhood. The Hoffman Estates Police Department has determined that there is no safety threat, though there will be an increased police presence on campus as precaution. CHS principal Julie Nowak issued the following statement via D211’s Communications email alert system:
Conant Students, Parents and Guardians:
This morning, Conant High School briefly entered a soft lockdown, which was lifted within a half hour per the direction of the Hoffman Estates Police Department. A soft lockdown means regular instructional activities continue, but no one is let out of the building.
We were initially notified by the HEPD that they received a 911 call reporting possible gunshots fired in the community near Conant High School. Through the police’s investigation, they determined it was not weapons fire and there was never a danger to our students, staff or surrounding community. Out of an abundance of caution, additional police will remain on campus until student dismissal, and instructional activities will continue as normal.
The safety and security of our students and staff is our top priority, and I am so proud of the way our Cougars responded to the soft lockdown, cooperating with our practiced protocols. We understand that individuals can be impacted in different ways by incidents like this one, even when no active danger was in place. Our team rooms are available for all students who feel they need to talk to someone about today’s incident or discuss concerns of any kind.
The school day will continue on the early dismissal schedule. For official updates from the school, visit the Conant High School website.