February 6, 2017
Dear Parents/Guardians & Staff:
Safety is of utmost importance to Eanes ISD and to all of our schools. If we are made aware of possible security issues, we believe transparent and timely communication to parents, when possible, is essential. As such, the purpose of this message is to share important information about an event that occurred at Westlake High School and to tell you what we are doing to respond to this matter. While all schools are not directly involved, we feel it is best to communicate with our entire district.
On Monday, it was reported to Westlake administrators that someone wrote "Bomb 2/8/17" on a bathroom wall. Once we were made aware of the threat, we immediately began working with the Travis County Sheriff's Office (TCSO) and district security to investigate and initiate our safety protocols.
All Eanes ISD campuses, including Westlake High School, have emergency plans which are practiced routinely so we are prepared for any type of emergency. At this time, based on information reviewed, TCSO has indicated that this appears to be a low-level threat and we trust their expertise. However, out of an abundance of caution, we are implementing the following proactive efforts to ensure the safety of our students and staff. We will:
- conduct a search with law enforcement and canine units to secure Westlake High School;
- increase law enforcement patrols around Westlake High School;
- maintain an extra adult presence throughout the building.
With these safety precautions and in concert with law enforcement, we will continue teaching and learning at Westlake High School and at this time will continue after-school activities as normal. We expect our students to attend school, but also respect that parents have the right to make an informed decision of what is best for their child. Students will not be penalized if parents choose to keep them at home.
Thank you for your understanding and assistance with this situation. We will continue to work with law enforcement and will send information as it is available.
Dr. Tom Leonard
Superintendent of Schools, Eanes ISD