Dear SJCC Community,
This afternoon the SJCC Mercer Island campus received a phoned-in bomb threat. In consultation with local law enforcement, the entire building, including children in our Early Childhood School, was safely evacuated according to protocol. There was no threat to the ECS Seattle campus. After a swift evacuation facilitated by our well-prepared team and interior and exterior searches of our Mercer Island facility revealed no credible threat, the Mercer Island facility was declared safe. Barring snow this evening, the SJCC on Mercer Island and both ECS campuses will open as scheduled tomorrow (Tuesday) morning. Following the incident, the Mercer Island Police Department released this statement this evening.
The security of our families, our community, and our staff remains of the utmost importance to us. We have been working with the local police departments, colleagues around the country, and national security agencies to monitor the situation and review our protocols. We stand in solidarity and vigilance with the dozens of Jewish community organizations that received threats over the past few weeks.
We will continue to prioritize the safety and security of our community. If you have any questions about the SJCC’s safety or security, please contact Amy Lavin, CEO, at email@example.com, or at 206-232-7116.
Thank you for demonstrating your support for our SJCC this evening and for cooperating with us in keeping our community safe. We will continue to update you as appropriate.
Amy Lavin, CEO
Kim Waldbaum, Board of Directors President