WINTHROP, Maine — Winthrop schools were in a lockout Monday afternoon due to a police standoff nearby, according to Superintendent Gary Rosenthal.

Rosenthal said the alleged standoff is in a house “right off the downtown area right through the woods from the middle school.”

The lockout started at about 10:30 a.m. Monday, according to Rosenthal. Students were not sent home.

Rosenthal explained a lockout consists of allowing restricted entry into a school building, as opposed to a lockdown, during which everybody’s movement is restricted.

A call to Department of Public Safety spokesman Stephen McCausland wasn’t immediately returned.

The superintendent said the school has sent a notice to parents of students who live in the downtown area or students to walk home to pick their children up, or they will remain at the school.

Students who live outside downtown were allowed to go home, Rosenthal said.

“Our staff’s been great and our parents have been very supportive,” Rosenthal said.

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