Letter from Superintendent Kilburn follows up on Jan. 29 lockdown

Dear Johnstown families,

I want to thank you and our students for your patience and cooperation during yesterday’s lockdown at Johnstown High School. I recognize this was likely a difficult experience for many of our students and our school community in general.

The school district and police undertook the precautions and procedures necessary to investigate the threat that was brought to our attention. However, we know this was not an easy day for students and we are doing everything we can to support them.

While we are trying to make school as normal as possible for our students, we are also making school counselors and social workers available to any student who would like to talk about the situation.

We also want to share with you tips for talking with children from a variety of resources, including the National Association of School Psychologists.

Any time we experience situations like this, we review what happened to identify what we did well and where we can improve. Our first priority is always the safety of our students and staff.

We are grateful to the Johnstown Police Department and other area agencies for their swift response yesterday, and for their ongoing partnership. We also want to thank you, the families of our students, for your cooperation and patience.

If you have any questions or concerns about this situation or about safety at Johnstown schools in general, please do not hesitate to reach out to me.


Patricia Kilburn
Superintendent of Schools
Greater Johnstown School District