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Community Alerts

October 21, 2014

Dear Parents, Students and Community Members:
The Crestwood Board of Education, administrators, faculty and staff mourn the loss of Crestwood High School teacher Mr. Jeffrey Lamarand who passed away unexpectedly on Sunday, October 19, 2014.    
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Information Concerning the Oct. 4th Evacuation at Riverside Middle School , October 4, 2013


Stranger Danger Alert Near Hillcrest Elementary, September 9, 2013
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Pertussis Notice, March 7, 2013:

A case of Pertussis has been diagnosed at Crestwood High School. It's possible that your child may have been in contact with that student. There is no need for alarm, this is just to inform you and give recommendations to prevent any new cases. To read the full letter from Superintendent Dr. Laurine VanValkenburg and more about Pertussis, click here.


Pertussis Notice: Sep 14, 2012:

A case of pertussis (whooping cough) has been identified in the fifth grade at Riverside Middle School. Pertussis (whooping cough) is very contagious and can cause serious illness – especially in infants too young to be vaccinated. The disease starts like the common cold, with runny nose or congestion, sneezing, and maybe mild cough or fever. But after 1-2 weeks, severe coughing can begin. Please read the attached informational article from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention ( ) and contact your physician if you or a family member has symptoms consistent with this disease. 

Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (
CDC Features - Pertussis (Whooping Cough) – What You Need To Know 


Regarding the brief lock down that occurred on May 7, 2012.

Parents and Community Members:
Crestwood High School was in lockdown late this morning, Monday, May 7 when it was reported that a student brought a pistol to school. The student with the pistol did not threaten or harm any of our students or personnel. The Dearborn Heights Police searched the building and patrolled the streets looking for the student who was taken into custody at the DH library near City Hall. We thank the Dearborn Heights Police for their dedicated response to protect our students.
Thank you,
Dr. VanValkenburg



After school on Thursday, April 26, 2012, a student reported being approached by two (2) white men in a red truck or SUV while walking home from Kinloch.  The student did not answer the men and returned safely to school.  The police were called and reported to the school.  The police will patrol the school area at entry and dismissal times for the next few weeks.   Please take time today to talk to your children about the safety rules of not talking to strangers, not going with any stranger, and seeking the help of an adult if they are approached by a stranger.


Regarding the brief lock down that occurred on October 19, 2011.

Dearborn Heights Police Department informed us that they were looking for a suspect and to go on lock down. The lock down lasted approximately 10 to 15 minutes ending with the capture of the unarmed suspect. This WAS NOT a school related incident.

Read the entire notice here


Stranger Danger Alert,  May 11, 2011

Dear Parents and Community Members,
There was a reported "Stranger Danger" by one of our male middle school students this morning, Wednesday, May 11, 2011. The incident occurred at approximately 8:40 a.m. while the student was walking to school around Midway and Kinloch Roads.

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Suspicious Vehicle Alert, April 13, 2011
     Three Hillcrest students separately reported that a suspicious white van approached them in the area of Beech Daly and Warren. The driver of the van was described as an African American man wearing a dark hat and a dark pink/burgundy shirt. The students reported that the man asked them to get into his van.
     This incident has been reported to the Dearborn Heights Police Department. The police department has assigned extra patrol cars to the area during school arrival and dismissal times.
     Please remind your children to stay away from strangers and to report anything unusual to your school’s principal.      Thank you, Dr. Laurine VanValkenburg