Loudoun County School Board Statement on Grand Jury
Loudoun County Public Schools is aware that a special grand jury has been convened regarding Governor Youngkin’s Executive Order Number Four issued on January 15, 2022, which authorized the Attorney General to investigate incidents at Stone Bridge High School and Broad Run High School that took place in 2021.
In response to these incidents, Superintendent Ziegler and the Loudoun County School Board directed LCPS staff to take several steps to help protect our students from such incidents happening in the future. LCPS has expanded the size and scope of our Title IX office by hiring a full-time Title IX Coordinator and additional investigative staff, expanded our Office of Division Counsel to better assist staff with issues relating to legal compliance, taken other additional appropriate personnel actions, and created a more robust process for alternative school placements. Furthermore, LCPS has audited harassment and discrimination complaints raised over the past school year to ensure that such complaints had been addressed appropriately, and LCPS has provided, and will continue to provide, additional training to staff to reinforce the understanding of their obligations when they receive allegations of sexual harassment or assault.
Of course, LCPS intends to cooperate with the lawful requests of the special grand jury, while protecting the privacy rights of our students to the extent permitted by law and in accordance with all applicable legal privileges.