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LCPS and Area Law Enforcement to Partner for Canine Scans of High Schools

Dear LCPS Families, 

With the increase in awareness of possible substance use by students, as well as the increase in suspected drug overdoses in our schools and community, LCPS has partnered with the Loudoun County Sheriff’s Office (LSCO) and the Leesburg Police Department (LPD) to conduct random canine team scans in high school buildings. Canine team scans serve as an additional drug deterrence strategy in our collective effort to stop drug use across the Loudoun County community. Students may see canine teams visiting high schools across the division. 

Working closely with law enforcement and leveraging this added layer of prevention helps to keep our spaces safe. By teaming up, we're making sure our schools stay focused on creating a positive environment for every student. Families and students are reminded that per Policy 8240, alcohol, illicit and unauthorized drugs, tobacco, and electronic cigarettes (“e-cigarettes”) are strictly prohibited and will not be tolerated. 

We understand that parents and students may have questions about how this may affect them or how to react if they see a law enforcement canine team in the school. We have worked with our law enforcement partners to minimize student interaction and any disruption to the learning environment. The School Resource Officer (SRO) and a school administrator will be with the canine team during the scan.  

During a canine scan, buildings will be placed into a “hold” status. “Hold” is used when students and staff should remain in classrooms during a situation. Parents will be notified about the change in status and, in addition, will receive information when the scans are concluded. Canine teams will have no intended interaction with students throughout the duration of each scan.

The Frequently Asked Questions list provides additional information about this process. 

LCPS is dedicated to providing a safe and supportive environment for all students, which includes proactive education, support services, counseling and peer support groups, and more steps to prevent drug use, empower students to make informed choices about substance use and support those who may be struggling. We recognize the importance of collaboration with parents, guardians, and community organizations to reinforce these efforts and provide a network of resources for our students.

Visit the LCPS Drug Awareness webpage to find information and resources about the dangers associated with substance abuse, including tips on how to talk to your child. Additional information regarding fentanyl and other substances can also be found on the LCPS Fentanyl and Opioid Awareness webpage. If you, or a friend or loved one is struggling with substance abuse, contact Mental Health, Substance Abuse & Developmental Services. By working together, we strive to create a culture of wellness and resilience that promotes healthy choices and supports the well-being of every student.

As part of our commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for our students, we encourage you to remember the importance of "see something, say something." Please report any suspicious activity or behavior to the school administration and/or law enforcement immediately, or access the Safe2Talk anonymous tip app that can be downloaded to any mobile device.

The safety of LCPS students and staff is our highest priority. We appreciate parents’ support and cooperation as we implement additional safety and deterrents in the fight against opioids in our community. 

Take care of yourselves and take care of each other, 

Aaron Spence, Ed.D.

Published February 26, 2024