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Important Update

Posted Date: 3/28/24 (3:10 PM)

Dear Ottumwa Schools Families,

We would like to make you aware of an incident that occurred today at Gateway High School, prompting authorities to swiftly intervene to ensure the safety of students and staff.

The isolated incident involved an interaction with a citizen on school property. As a precautionary measure, students and staff were placed in a brief lockdown for less than thirty minutes, while law enforcement responded to the scene. 

We take the safety of our students and staff very seriously. We are grateful for the quick response of the Ottumwa Police Department, and we commend our students and staff for their calm cooperation during the brief lockdown.

As safety and security remain a top priority for Ottumwa Schools, the school administration will continue to work closely with local authorities to maintain a safe and secure environment for students, staff, and visitors.


Michael McGrory