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Important LCPS School Safety Reminder

 

Loudoun County Public Schools (LCPS) has noticed a recent uptick in social media and verbal threats involving its schools. We want to take this opportunity to remind our community that threats of all kinds should be reported immediately to law enforcement, a school official or a trusted adult.  

 

LCPS takes any threat involving students, staff and the school community very seriously. Working with our law-enforcement partners, the LCPS Division of Safety and Security investigates the source of the threat and determines whether or not it  is credible. We communicate with the affected community as quickly as possible. And, we rely on our students, staff and families to help us if they see or hear something that could be threatening. 

 

We all play an important role in helping keep our school community safe. Using the Safe2Talk app and following the See Something, Say Something protocol are easy ways to do your part. We encourage you to talk with your students about how important it is to immediately report any suspicious or concerning behavior.

 

See Something, Say Something 

Safety and security is everyone’s job so, if you see or hear something that is suspicious or concerning to you, please report it to school officials or local law enforcement. It’s simple: See Something, Say Something. We have several ways to report information. The best way is to report the information directly to your principal at the main school number listed on your school’s website, to law enforcement at 911, the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office at 703-777-1021, or the Leesburg Police Department at 703-771-4500. You may also contact the LCPS Security Operations Center at 703-779-8833. Any information reported will be thoroughly investigated and, if necessary, reviewed by our school-based threat assessment teams. 

 

The Safe2Talk App 

You can also use the Safe2Talk app. Safe2Talk is a free, downloadable app that can be used by students, parents, teachers and community residents. All reports through the app are monitored 24-hours-a-day, seven-days-a-week by dispatchers in the Sheriff’s Office Emergency Communications Center. The app is available through the Apple App Store and Google Play. It’s one of the easiest and best ways to report a concern. 

Messages sent to the Safe2Talk app are not maintained by Loudoun County Public Schools and are not subject to the confidentiality provisions of the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA).

 

Other Resources for You

School Resource Officers, who are sworn law enforcement officers, and School Security Officers, who are LCPS employees, support the security requirements of our schools. These officers help cultivate an inclusive, safe environment where students feel comfortable reporting concerning behavior.  

 

Another resource for our school community is the LCPS mental health and wellness program which prioritizes the psychological needs of our students and employees. The Unified Mental Health Team consists of school-based mental health professionals (counselors, social workers, psychologists, and student support specialists) available at every LCPS school to support students. Contact your school directly or visit the LCPS webpage for mental health and community resource information. 

 

LCPS also realizes that this can be a stressful time for school division employees. LCPS urges any employee experiencing emotional difficulties to take advantage of the Employee Assistance Program (EAP) by calling 800-327-7272 for a confidential consultation.

 

For more information, visit the Safety and Security website. 

 

Published December 3, 2021
Updated December 13, 2021