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.
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.
School Safety and Security Coordinator
Lytle ISD hired Cumorah Eldredge as their Safety and Security Coordinator. Cumorah has a deep background in emergency management. She has taught various courses for over 15 years; interned with the Texas Division of Emergency Management as well as Atascosa County Emergency Management. For the past couple of years, Cumorah has been the Homeland Security Planner for this region of Texas. Her passion and knowledge of safety and security are part of the reason she was hired. She has children and a niece and nephews who attend Lytle ISD. Cumorah is very excited to work with the students, staff, parents/guardians as well as the community. Please watch for safety tips and trainings to be offered shortly. Communication and Education is key to protecting our schools and our community.
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:
American Academy of Pediatrics President, Dr. Sally Goza Discusses the Safety of Sending Students to School for In-Person Instruction
As Lytle ISD moves forward developing plans to offer in-person and remote learning options for students, this video offers recommendations for parents to consider from the American Academy of Pediatrics President, Dr. Sally Goza.
In an effort to provide Lytle parents the information they need to decide whether to send students back to school for in-person, or remote instruction, this 7-minute video provides some facts to consider. Senator Rand Paul delivered an emotional statement during a recent Senate hearing on safely returning to work and school amid the COVID-19 pandemic, stating data has shown that “young children rarely spread the virus,” and that some countries who have reopened schools amid the pandemic have not had surges in virus cases. Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top infectious disease expert in the U.S. said that he “strongly” agrees with Paul that the country needs to “do whatever we can to get the children back to school.”
Once again, Lytle staff and students humbly thank our community of voters who passed the Lytle ISD 2019 Bond. Take a look at this January 2020 update presentation to see details on how how the bond projects are helping us to put needed safety and security measures into place. You'll also see timelines and plans for construction, repair, and equipment replacement projects that are in various stages of completion. Thank you for all the support you have shown our schools! Watch this video on YouTube: https://youtu.be/ujFlzr0Lsl0
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.