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Simpson Middle School to host town hall to address parents’ safety concerns

Rumors circulating the J.L. Simpson Middle School community have left parents with a host of concerns. After wondering about disciplinary measures and substance abuse in school the past couple weeks, parents hope to get much-needed answers at a community forum Wednesday.

Parents have heard of students fighting and vaping in the Leesburg school's bathrooms and of the doors of the boys bathrooms in the school being removed, according to several parents in the Simpson PTO Facebook group.

Exterior restroom doors were removed – for one day – from three of six of Simpson’s boys’ bathrooms. LCPS officials said this was done because of vandalism, overflowing toilets and ripped down ceiling tiles. School staff removed the doors for one day until they worked out an improved monitoring plan, officials said.

Though the doors have been returned, parents still have concerns. According to Loudoun County Public School policy, e-cigarettes and vape pens are prohibited in schools, even if the liquid used does not contain nicotine.

Last week, Simpson Middle School Principal Lenny Compton sent parents an email about the community forum, saying that parents expect and deserve clear communication regarding decisions that impact the school community.

“Moving forward, we will do a better job to ensure you are abreast of decisions directly impacting our students and the reasons for those decisions,” Compton said in his email.

Compton also said that the “great majority” of rumors about disciplinary issues at the school are untrue.

“We always encourage all students who have any concerns or who feel unsafe to report or discuss these issues with their counselor or another trusted faculty member,” Compton continued in the email.

All parents with questions or concerns are invited to the forum at 6:30 p.m. Feb. 7. Additionally, Compton has scheduled a meeting concerning alcohol, tobacco and other drugs on Feb. 15 to help parents gain a better understanding of some of the illegal substances to which students might be exposed. The Leesburg Police Department and LCPS Pupil Services staff will attend the Feb. 15 meeting.

Comments


Chris, you cannot hold people accountable for their behavior these days. Don’t you know that?


Parents have concerns about the bathroom doors being removed but not the tiles being ripped out, toilets being flooded and other vandalism? 

Kids are in school for about 7 hours a day and under their parents “supervision” for the other 17 hours.  I suggest the school hold a meeting regarding the teachers’ concerns about what kids are taught at home.

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