Naschitti, Newcomb schools closed on Monday

The Board of Education will host special meeting Monday to discuss school safety issues.

The Daily Times staff

FARMINGTON — Central Consolidated School District administrators are taking extra security precautions this week after threats were discovered at schools in Newcomb last week.

Schools in Naschitti and Newcomb will be closed on Monday so CCSD staff can attend school safety training in Shiprock.

CCSD spokesman James Preminger said there will be no school for students on Monday at Naschitti Elementary School and Newcomb elementary, middle and high schools, according to a press release issued Saturday evening.

School will be open on Monday for district schools in Kirtland, Ojo Amarillo and Shiprock.

Preminger said in a phone interview Sunday afternoon that the district will use its automated phone call system to inform parents of the school closures.

Schools in Naschitti and Newcomb will operate under “shelter in place” restrictions when students return to the classrooms on Tuesday, and those restrictions will continue through the rest of the week. Classroom doors will be locked while class is in session.

After-school activities at the four schools have been canceled through Saturday, including sports games.

Preminger said the extra security measures were prompted by a bomb threat found Wednesday at Newcomb Middle School and a threat of violence found Thursday at Newcomb High School.

The district's Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the district's board room in Shiprock to discuss school safety issues.

Preminger said board members will be briefed by district administrators about the threats and how the district has responded to them.

Naschitti and Newcomb schools operated with increased security on Nov. 10 after a threat about Newcomb High School was posted on a juvenile male’s personal Facebook page.

Bomb threats were found in bathrooms at Shiprock High School on Dec. 14 and 16 and at Newcomb High on Dec. 15.