SF police reopen elementary school after bomb threat note found 

click to enlarge A hand written note containing a bomb threat found on the campus of Jose Ortega Elementary School at 400 Sargent St. prompted the evacuation and subsequent search of the school by police and canine units Monday, Feb. 2, 2015. - MIKE KOOZMIN/THE S.F.EXAMINER
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  • A hand written note containing a bomb threat found on the campus of Jose Ortega Elementary School at 400 Sargent St. prompted the evacuation and subsequent search of the school by police and canine units Monday, Feb. 2, 2015.

San Francisco police have reopened an elementary school after a note with a purported a bomb threat was discovered this morning.

Shortly before school began at about 7:35 a.m., staff at Jose Ortega Elementary School located a bomb threat note, San Francisco Unified School District spokeswoman Gentle Blythe said.

Most families received notification to keep students at home prior to arriving at school, but about 60 students already on campus were evacuated to a nearby community center.

Officers and several K-9 units responded to search the school, and by 10 a.m. authorities declared the site safe.

The school reopened after being given clearance from police.

It was the second time this school year that a bomb threat note was reported at Jose Ortega Elementary. On Oct. 6, the school was evacuated for several hours while police investigated a note that later was found to have no merit.

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Laura Dudnick

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Laura Dudnick, a Bay Area native, covers education and planning for The San Francisco Examiner. She previously worked as a senior local editor for Patch.com, and as the San Mateo County bureau reporter and weekend editor for Bay City News Service.
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