UPDATE: Pathfinder K-8 ‘shelter in place’ ends

11:43 AM: An out-of-place car led to a decision to have Pathfinder K-8 on Pigeon Point “shelter in place” today. Here’s the letter just sent to families by principal David Dockendorf:

I want to share with you an incident at Pathfinder K-8 this morning that prompted me to call a Shelter In Place as a precautionary measure for safety of our students and staff. Overnight, a car was driven on the pathway between our playground and 21st and runs through the greenbelt. I called 911 and the District Safety and Security team to inform them that the car ended up deeply buried in the mud and that there was a man sitting in the driver’s seat. When I went to investigate the situation, I talked to the man for a few minutes and his behavior appeared to be somewhat erratic and disjointed. I notified him that 911 had been called.

After conferring with the Safety and Security department, we made the decision to go into Shelter in Place out of an abundance of caution. During a Shelter in Place, we lock all doors, we keep all students inside the building/classrooms. Teaching and learning continues; students may use the bathroom, and middle school students can switch classes as normal. Within the classrooms we ask that teachers close the window blinds and lock their classroom doors. Lights remain on and teaching continues as usual.

I have communicated with all teachers regarding the incident and have asked them to speak with their students.

The police have been dispatched to the incident and are expected to arrive shortly.

I am proud of how calmly teachers and staff have talked with our students to help make them feel safe and secure and that when incidents arise like this; the safety and security of our students is a top priority and we have a plan and protocol we follow closely. I anticipate calling the Shelter in Place off once the police arrive and ensure the area is safe.

Please let me know if you have any questions or concerns.

David Dockendorf

1:50 PM: The “shelter in place” ended at 12:20 pm – our apologies for not adding this update sooner; the school sent a second update to families (and to us) at that time.

6 Replies to "UPDATE: Pathfinder K-8 'shelter in place' ends"

  • SillyGoose March 31, 2017 (12:53 pm)

    Well Done! This is exactly how I would want my child cared for in a questionable situation.  My child is grown but if I had a child at this school I would feel confident he/she is being well taken care of.


    What is the old adage ” better to be safe than sorry”.   Works every time….

  • North of Admiral March 31, 2017 (1:13 pm)

    Any word if they are still Shelter in Place?

    Maybe they are still waiting for the police to arrive. 

    • WSB March 31, 2017 (1:56 pm)

      It ended at 12:20 pm. I am about to add that update – sorry, I was offline and missed it until now.

  • C March 31, 2017 (4:34 pm)

    I have 3 kids at Pathfinder. I knew they were being well taken care of both physically and emotionally. Lots of respect for the staff and administration. 

  • C March 31, 2017 (8:52 pm)

    Is there an update to how the driver is doing?

    • WSB March 31, 2017 (9:05 pm)

      I’m sorry, we don’t know what happened to the driver, whether they required hospitalization/evaluation or not.

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