Our Commitment to Protect
We are saddened by news of tragic school shootings. Our prayers for comfort go out to the families and community who have lost precious loved ones.
No one can predict when or where tragedy will strike, but we want our community to know that Lytle ISD leadership and staff put precautions and security measures in place with somber resolve to keep our children safe.
- Our campus crisis teams attend trainings with the Texas School Safety Center several times each year to keep us focused on the threats that all schools may face.
- A Medina County sheriff deputy works full time with the district, providing a strong network of law enforcement contacts and emergency service professionals throughout the area.
- A Lytle ISD School Safety Coordinator has recently been added as full-time staff.
- Regular emergency drills prepare staff and students for potential crisis situations.
- Our Safe2SpeakUP app is in the hands of staff, students, and parents providing 24X7 reporting of emergencies, bullying incidents, or other student safety concerns.
- Security systems at each campus keep exterior doors locked until visitors are screened. Campus perimeter cameras, and interior cameras in each building are in use around the clock.
Headlines delivering unimaginable news of school tragedies seem to just keep coming, that is why we must continuously improve. We welcome our community’s ideas to enhance security at our campuses. Feel free to contact Superintendent Michelle Smith or campus principals -- all are ready to listen and discuss your ideas.
Pirate LookOut! Program
The Lytle ISD Pirate LookOut! Program welcomes parents and community members who would like to help us monitor our campus grounds as an extra layer of safety.
A criminal history background check is required for all school volunteers, including parents and guardians. If you want to be a Pirate LookOut!, and do not already have an approved Lytle ISD background check for this school year, you must go to Central Office between 8am and 4pm to complete the background check. (Typically happens same day.) Once approved, call Lytle School Safety Coordinator Cumorah Eldredge (phone: 830-709-5100 or 801-885-0405) to sign up for the time period and campus in which you will volunteer.
LookOut! volunteers agree to:
- Bring your driver’s license to pick up an orange vest and ID badge provided at the campus front desk during the LookOut! shift.
- Move around the campus exterior grounds on foot - priority areas are outside the school buildings.
- Keep conversations to a minimum so you can continue to look for potential risks trying to access the school.
- Before investigating SUSPICIOUS ACTIVITY THAT IS CONCERNING, please call our Lytle ISD School Resource Officer at 210-478-0055, the campus front desk, or in the event of an emergency, call 911.
School Resource Officer
Lytle ISD has partnered with Medina County Sheriff's Department in the hiring of a full-time School Resource Officer. Deputy Sheriff Kaitlyn Banks offices at Lytle High School, but provides coverage and an influence to our students and staff at all 4 campuses.
Deputy Sheriff banks can be reached at Lytle High School by calling 830-709-5105, by email, or you may fill out the Crime Stoppers form.
Lytle ISD promotes a safe and healthy environment for learning and participating in activities. We consider bullying a serious matter. We diligently investigate each allegation and respond with appropriate interventions and/or consequences.
Lytle ISD has added a communications tool called Safe2SpeakUP at our junior high and high school campuses, allowing our students and parents to quickly, easily, and anonymously report urgent information to school officials. The system empowers students to report bullying, drug use or other personal safety concerns through private messages sent on their mobile and computer Internet-enabled devices.
All reports are completely anonymous and will be sent directly to school administrators, although students have the option to reveal their identity if they prefer to have a person-to-person discussion.
To report an incident from an Internet connected computer, tablet, or phone, click on this link, or copy and paste the URL into an open browser:
In an emergency, please dial 911. If it's not an emergency, but you have concerns about the safety or wellbeing of someone who has experienced harassment or bullying, these resources may be helpful:
National Suicide Prevention Hotline: 1-800-273-8255
This Lifeline provides 24/7, free and confidential support for people in distress, prevention and crisis resources for you or your loved ones, and best practices for professionals. www.suicidepreventionlifeline.org
Support the Kids Involved: www.stopbullying.gov
All kids involved in bullying — whether they are bullied, bully others, or see bullying — can be affected. It is important to support all kids involved to make sure the bullying doesn’t continue and effects can be minimized. www.stopbullying.gov/respond/support-kids-involved
See local board policies relevant to bullying and harassment:
Junior High teacher, Mrs. Mary Woodruff began to feel very bad during the school day on March 22, 2018. She sought assistance from Nurse Belinda Soto in the High School Nurse’s clinic. Mr. William Cross noticed the potential problem and came in to assist. As Mrs. Woodruff’s condition worsened, Nurse Soto and Mr. Cross made a couple quick radio and phone calls that resulted in Medina County Sheriff Deputy Tim Finnerty, Atascosa County Sheriff Deputy Daniel Hernandez, and Nurse Juanita Black arriving to help. Mrs. Woodruff declined to the point of losing consciousness and the Automatic Electronic Defibrillator (AED) available in the Nurse’s clinic was attached and powered on to monitor Mrs. Woodruff's heart activity, and dictate the nurses’ actions.
Aim for Success, Inc., will present their nationally acclaimed program to the students and parents of Lytle ISD. The Aim For Success motivational programs have educated over two million teens, parents and educators across America during the past 18 years on topics such as anti-bullying, drugs prevention and abstinence education.