2 Kyle schools ‘all-clear’ after lockout


KYLE, Texas (KXAN) — Two Kyle schools — Simon Middle School and Hemphill Elementary School — are open again after the enforcement of a precautionary lockout while law enforcement officials investigate and search in the area for any unauthorized people on the campuses.

Hays CISD gave the “all-clear” on Tuesday afternoon, saying:

Dear Simon Middle and Hemphill Elementary School Parents and Staff,

We have been given the “all-clear” from law enforcement officers to take Simon and Hemphill out of lock out. Thank you for your patience during this event. We know anytime our schools have to implement emergency actions, it is very unsettling for you.

No students or staff inside the campuses were in danger because of the precautionary lockouts. Police were attempting to apprehend a suspect for an incident unrelated to the schools. That suspect happened to be in the vicinity of the schools and law enforcement wanted to make sure no attempt was made to enter the campuses.

We appreciate the swift action by emergency responders and the strong partnership the district enjoys with the men and women who keep us safe.

To learn more about Hays CISD emergency response protocols, visit: https://www.hayscisd.net/safety

In its original letter to parents, Hays CISD said:

Dear Simon Middle and Hemphill Elementary School Parents and Staff,

As of 3:30 p.m., Simon Middle School and Hemphill Elementary School are in a precautionary lock out. Everyone is safe inside the schools. However, the campuses are in lock out because law enforcement officials are conducting an investigation and search in the vicinity of the schools and want to make sure no unauthorized people enter the campuses. 

During a lockout, students will not be released from campuses and no persons will be allowed to enter the buildings until the campuses receives the “all-clear” signal from law enforcement.

As you know, a lock out is different and less serious than a lockdown. During a lock out, we secure the perimeter of our campus, but activities inside the building continue as normal. No one inside the building is in any danger. We will send an update as soon as one is available.

This is a developing story. KXAN will update this with more with more information as it becomes available. 

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