Atascadero Unified School District officials are still waiting for laboratory results from a thorough examination of San Gabriel Elementary School conducted after threatening letters and a suspicious object were found on campus last Friday.
San Gabriel Elementary students will continue to attend class at one of three different sites, the district said in a news release Wednesday. The temporary transportation arrangements the district has put in place will also continue.
“While AUSD understands that our community desires timely information, at this time we are patiently waiting for laboratory results that will allow for a smooth transition back to the campus,” the district release stated.
It continued: “The Atascadero Unified School District and law enforcement share two common objectives: the safety of the students and staff of San Gabriel Elementary School and the apprehension of the individual responsible for this incident.
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“The Atascadero Unified School District’s desire to keep the community thoughtfully informed will continue to be tempered to include only facts that are both relevant and available for public release. It is important to remind the community that law enforcement has stated that, ‘At this time there is no known ongoing threat to the safety of our students or staff.’”
Atascadero Police Chief Jerel Haley said that police did not expect to release an update on the case Wednesday.
The department is working with the FBI but he did not know when that agency’s test results of the suspicious object — which contained a liquid that law enforcement has described as a dangerous substance — would be complete.
“We are pursuing a number of leads,” Haley said.