Monday Update to the Community 6/13/2022


Monday Update to the Community 6-13-2022

Good Afternoon, I’m Jeff Harris, Superintendent of Schools for Del Norte County. Before I do the normal weekly update, I’d like to share with you personally some information about the rumors of an active shooter at Crescent Elk.


This morning, police dispatch received a call suggesting that there was a threat of a shooting, and  the lockdown at Crescent Elk and Joe Hamilton was initiated as a precautionary measure.  Contrary to what may have been posted on social media, there were no active incidents at either school, no one was found with a gun, and no shots were fired.  The incident began with an altercation between youth off campus earlier in the week, and there were some social media posts following the altercation regarding retaliation.  The youth involved, who were nowhere near either school, were located by law enforcement, prior to the lockdown being lifted, and it was determined that there was no threat to the school or students.  For more information, please visit the Crescent City Police Department website and Facebook page.

I'd like to thank and commend the Crescent Elk and Joe Hamilton staff on their rapid response to the lockdown called by our SRO, Officer Sanders.  I'd also like to publicly thank all of our local law enforcement agencies for their quick response, as well.  Within two minutes of the initial call to dispatch both schools were secured and officers were on site, with Chief Griffin taking command.

I would also like to thank the parents and family members who came to the schools out of concern for their children and staff but who respectfully allowed law enforcement to ensure the safety of everyone prior to lifting the lockdown.  If your child is concerned about attending school next week, please reach out to the school.  Counselors will be available.


Upcoming Announcements

Well, I can hardly believe it is already the last week of school. This week is packed with events taking place across the district, we have a few updates for you.


Dates to Remember

Just a reminder that this Thursday, June 16th, is the last day of school, and I also want to make sure you know that every day this entire week is a minimum day for all K-12 students.


Graduation and Promotion Ceremonies

If you are looking for the schedule for our upcoming K-8 promotion ceremonies and high school graduations taking place across the county, please visit each school’s website where that information is posted. We will also live-stream all-district 8th grade moving up ceremonies and high school graduation ceremonies. These live streams will only be available on each school’s website, they will not be available on Facebook or Youtube. You can find links to all of our school web pages at If you have any questions, please contact our communications department by emailing or by calling our communications help hotline at 707-464-6143.


Summer Programs

Registration for our summer programs is now open.  If you have not yet registered your child for one of our summer programs take a look at the programs being offered, you can visit our home page at and click on the summer programs banner for more information. You can also directly access the signups form at


Kindergarten and Transitional Kindergarten Registration

If you have a child who will be entering transitional kindergarten or kindergarten in August, I’d like to encourage you to enroll them as soon as possible.  We are creating new TK spaces, arranging kindergarten rooms, and working to staff kindergarten classes next year, and we want to make sure that we are planning the best programs possible.  To register your child, you can contact any of our schools or the district office for more information. 

That's it for this week’s update, we hope you have a great week, and we’ll see you next Monday for our special update on the last week of school.

Thank you