Classes and meeting canceled after high school shooting

Poughkeepsie High School

POUGHKEEPSIE – A Monday afternoon shooting in the faculty parking lot of Poughkeepsie High School has resulted in cancelations at the school on Tuesday, November 16.


District officials issued a statement late on Monday, saying the high school building leadership followed safety procedures ensuring students and staff, still onsite, were secure using the district protocol for “hold in place.”


A witness at the scene told Mid-Hudson News that students were brought back into the gym from outside as a safety measure.


Students were slated to have a half-day of classes on Tuesday.  Those classes have been canceled, according to the district statement.  The scheduled parent-teacher conferences have also been canceled.  “While the investigation into this matter continues, as a precaution, Poughkeepsie High School students are not to report for the half-day of instruction that was scheduled on November 16, 2021.  Parent-teacher conferences will also be postponed,” according to district officials.


District spokesman Irwin Goldberg said that leadership from the building and district will be meeting on Tuesday morning to discuss the shooting and “identify additional procedures to further protect the entire school community and develop a plan to support those adversely impacted by the incident.” The statement did not indicate if High School Principal Kelleyann Royce-Giron would be at the meeting. Reports indicate that the principal is on “administrative leave.”


Goldberg said that updates will be provided on Tuesday.

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