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Dear Lexington Four Parents, Staff, and Students:

There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our students and staff. The tragic school shooting in Florida is a heartbreaking reminder that we all must be vigilant and proactive to ensure that we have done everything possible to prevent such an event.

The safety of our students and staff has always been and will continue to be our top priority as we work together to provide a safe, meaningful educational environment. When it comes to protecting our students and staff from acts of violence and potential threats, the District utilizes emergency procedures and practices that are developed with assistance from the State Department of Education and law enforcement in accordance with state and federal laws.  We review these procedures regularly to ensure that they are the most effective means of ensuring student and employee safety. 

The District and each school has a safety team and detailed safety plan in place. Safety measures include training for staff provided by law enforcement.  Drills are practiced regularly to ensure that staff and students are knowledgeable of the proper procedures for various emergency events.  Three School Resource Officers monitor the schools and campuses.  We require staff and 7th – 12th grade students to wear district ID badges to readily identify that these individuals belong in the building. There are telephones in every classroom. School entrances are secured, and we have visitor procedures in place to help ensure that unauthorized personnel do not enter our buildings. We have a comprehensive security camera system in place throughout the district.  We consult regularly with law enforcement, including the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department and Swansea and Gaston Police Departments. District administrators meet with leaders in other Midlands area school districts to discuss safety concerns and implement changes to procedures when necessary.  District personnel attend Lexington County Emergency Management meetings annually.  When incidents do occur, our safety teams debrief, review our procedures, and revise them as needed. Information is constantly flowing in all directions as we work together to ensure the safety of students and staff.

We ask that our parents and families work with the District to keep our children safe. To that end, we encourage our students to be active citizens who value the school community. We have avenues in place for students to report any concerns or issues, and we encourage parents to speak with their children about safety and the importance of sharing information with a teacher or administrator if they become aware of any potential threats or dangerous situations in their schools. Parents and students can make our schools safer by not sharing rumors they hear with friends, neighbors, and social media; but instead by reporting to a school administrator who will then thoroughly and appropriately investigate, and in turn call on law enforcement if necessary.

We will continue to monitor our schools to maintain a safe environment for our students, employees, and their families.  If you ever have questions or concerns about safety in your child’s school, please contact the principal of that school. Principals are your first line of communication to ensure that accurate, factual information is shared and that concerns can be properly and expediently addressed and resolved.   


Dr. Linda Lavender


Helpful links:

Lexington County Sheriff’s Department Online Tips    

Department of Homeland Security “If You See Something, Say Something”     

Lexington Four Board Policy

SC Department of Education School Safety