Shippensburg students start 2015-16 school year

Boyo Transportation buses line up in front of Shippensburg Area Senior High School on the first day of the 2015-16 school year Wednesday. Boyo operates 28 buses, each of which runs four secondary and elementary routes, in the district.

Shippensburg Area Senior High School was open Wednesday but with increased security measures after a "potential bomb threat" targeting the school, according to a post from the district's Facebook page. 

After learning of the threat on Tuesday, the district's administration immediately began working with law enforcement to assess the threat and ensure student safety, according to the post published about 9 p.m. Tuesday. The district planned to hold school as usual Wednesday morning. 

"In an abundance of caution, regional and local law enforcement will be prevalent at our high school during arrival and dismissal times tomorrow (Wednesday)," the district wrote in a post attributed to Superintendent Chris Suppo. "Prior to building entry, law enforcement K-9 units will clear the building to ensure it is safe. Law enforcement will also be highly visible throughout the day making rounds in all of our buildings. Faculty and staff have also been alerted and will help ensure we are vigilant throughout our schools, and to immediately report any suspicious or unusual activity."

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The district planned to limit entry Wednesday morning to the front entrance and the rear entrance near the auditorium lobby, and planned to have a police presence at those entrances, according to the post. 

The announcement was also posted on the district's website.

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Daniel Walmer covers public safety for The Sentinel. You can reach him by email at dwalmer@cumberlink.com or by phone at 717-218-0021.