Loudoun Schools Announce Actions Following Sexual Assault Investigation

Days after it said it wouldn’t release the report from an investigation of its handling of repeated sexual assaults in high schools, the School Board announced several staffing and procedural changes in response to the scandal that attracted nationwide attention.

Chief Human Resources Officer Lisa Boland was announced as the new interim Title IX coordinator.

In a statement sent by division spokesman Wayde Byard, the administration said it has taken “additional appropriate personnel actions after consultation with the School Board.”

The statement said the division has “created a more robust process for alternative school placements to better serve students who may pose a safety risk to themselves or others.”

Additionally, administrators took mandatory training on reporting of disciplinary data to the Department of Education. Ongoing mandatory training will be provided to all school administrators to ensure staff members know how to handle harassment and assault.

The statement also outlines other steps that are planned, including making revisions to the Memorandum of Understanding with the Sheriff’s Office to better coordinate investigations and reporting. It said the division will hire a full-time Title IX coordinator and an investigative staff for reported violations of Title IX. There will be a senior administration-level review of every potential harassment and discrimination claim made over the past year to ensure Title IX processes were followed.

The statement said that the School Board will regularly update the public on the progress of the initiatives during meetings.

The statement also doubled down on the division’s refusal to release the findings of the investigation conducted by the law firm Blankingship & Keith, P.C. after a student charged with sexually assaulting a student in a high school was transferred to another high school where he sexually assaulted a second student. It said that the privacy of the families involved must be protected and that national interest in the investigation would “preclude any chance of allowing the families to heal and move forward with dignity.”

This week, the assailant sentenced to supervised probation in a residential facility until he is 18 years old. He is also required to register as a sex offender for life. Superintendent Scott Ziegler previously blamed shortcomings of Title IX protocols as the reason assailant was allowed to transfer schools following the first assault.

Although privacy is the reason cited for not releasing the report, the division will not share the findings, even with names and identifiable information redacted. 

“As a Board, we take these issues seriously. We seek ongoing engagement from the Loudoun County Public Schools community as we move forward to ensure our Division has the processes and accountability measures in place to protect the health, safety and well-being of our students,” the statement reads.

11 thoughts on “Loudoun Schools Announce Actions Following Sexual Assault Investigation

  • 2022-01-14 at 4:45 pm

    If Ziegler and the board hadn’t lied their butts off throughout the process I might have a scintilla of interest and faith in their “reforms.” They went out of their way to cover up the crimes and they prosecuted the father of one of the rape victims. Who trusts anything Ziegler says? We have to be smarter than that. They all need to go.

  • 2022-01-14 at 4:49 pm

    So, who got fired? At least tell us how many people got fired.

  • 2022-01-14 at 5:20 pm

    The actions taken by LCPS in response to the Stone Bridge/Broad Run incidents are commendable. Nothing LCPS can do will turn back the clock. Egregious mistakes were made. But I believe the division has learned from those mistakes & will do better in the future. As for the B&K Report, I trust it will be released in due time. For now, LCPS wants to keep it under wraps. So be it. To the victims & their families, I extend all good wishes during the healing process. Happy MLK Day Loudoun!

  • 2022-01-14 at 5:39 pm

    “As a Board, we take these issues seriously.”

    As the Board created this environment in the first place, it’s past time to resign, along with the superintendent and his staff. For the good of the county and our students, go.
    Let’s start over with people who actually care about our kids education and not covering up their own mismanagement.

    Do the right thing. Resign.

  • 2022-01-14 at 5:49 pm

    Ziegler is the person who blithely said there was no assault at the school. Has he even apologized to the girl’s father who CA Biberaj wants to prosecute ? He should be fired and sued in short order.

  • 2022-01-14 at 6:43 pm

    The Board and Administration under Ziegler have lost all credibility by not releasing a redacted version of the report. What are they hiding and why are they so reluctant to release the study findings? One can only conclude that it contains information that would hold both the Board and Ziegler and Administration legally culpable and subject to lawsuits or civil actions.

  • 2022-01-14 at 7:54 pm

    “As a Board, we take these issues seriously.” LOL. The only thing LCSB takes seriously is covering their own behinds and pushing their “Woke” agenda. Hopefully when AG Miyares takes the reigns on Monday they will all be properly investigated and justice will be served.

  • 2022-01-17 at 12:09 pm

    In the midst of evaluating LCPS’ non-instructional performance, let’s reminder how things are going on the education front. Even before COVID hit (through 2019), here are 3 indisputable facts about LCPS’ performance:

    1. They increased the number of teachers per student by 24%. Massive increase in giveaways to the union.

    2.They increased teacher salaries by 35% since 2015. Massive increase in giveaways to the uion.

    3. Yet, SOL test scores have fallen in passing rates, in average SOL scores, and even further in advanced passing rates (the metric for other states without such low standards)!!

    LCPS is an unmitigated disaster across the board.

  • 2022-01-17 at 2:42 pm

    It’s interesting that none of this attempts to deal with the actual problem. What is the plan to teach our students better about these issues? We need a strong anti-rape curriculum that deals with issues like consent, knowing which students are most at risk, combating toxic masculinity, support for LGTBQ+ community, etc.

    • 2022-01-18 at 1:43 pm

      Do “gender fluid,” skirt-wearing sexual predators suffer from “toxic masculinity?

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