Emergency Alerts

In the event of a school emergency or other alerts  at any of our schools, we will post information and updates  on this page to keep you informed. 


September 29, 2021

Dear High School Families and Students,

Our High School administration, along with the Mt. Lebanon Police Department, would like to thank you for your continued support. We want to be clear that our school is safe, and yesterday’s rumored threat of a violent act was investigated thoroughly and unsubstantiated.  Out of an abundance of caution, in addition to our School Resource Officer, we will continue to have an enhanced police presence around our school for the next several days. 

Both the District administration and the MLPD monitor, investigate, and promptly address each tip received through the Safe2Say program to ensure our students’ safety.  The same process of thorough investigation was used for each notification received pertaining to yesterday’s rumor.  

We know the alarm that this circumstance, coupled with social media, has caused some of our students, families, and staff. Therefore, we must emphasize the importance of relying on the skills and training of our staff and first responders in dealing with these rumors efficiently and in a timely manner while balancing the privacy of our students and families.

Should you have firsthand information regarding this rumor or of any threat to the safety of our school and students, please contact the Mt. Lebanon Police Department or the High School administration.

Sincerely,

       

Joel G. Thompson, Ed.D.                              Aaron Lauth

Principal                                                           Chief of Police, Mt. Lebanon Police Department


September 28, 2021

Dear Families,

This morning, Dr. Joel Thompson notified high school families of several Safe2Say tips regarding rumors that a high school student was going to “shoot up the school.”  We understand that these rumors, in conjunction with social media, created an alarming circumstance for some of our students, families, and faculty. However, the proactive and thorough response of the High School administration, School Resource Officer, and MLPD concluded that the rumored threat was not credible. 

The District has a strong partnership with the MLPD, a long history of safety training for students and staff, and a commitment to invest in safety measures. Our many years of work and effort to develop and refine safety protocols and procedures ensured that all of our students and staff remained safe.

  • Student safety instruction to “see something, say something” resulted in numerous tips in the Safe2Say program.

  • Training for faculty ensured that they were prepared to be vigilant in monitoring students throughout the day.

  • Our cooperative relationship with Mt. Lebanon Police Department allowed for a quick and thorough investigation. 

  • The MLPD and our faculty and staff will continue to monitor the situation, and we will have increased police presence on campus for the coming days.

We plan to follow up after today’s incident with a thorough debriefing with our stakeholder groups so we can continue to strengthen our response to safety concerns.

The administration, faculty, and staff know that the safety of our students is of the utmost importance to our families, and we value the importance of accurately communicating with families the precautions being taken regarding this rumor.  Know that we, along with Mt. Lebanon Police Department, take each Safe2Say tip seriously and investigate, monitor, and proactively address all reports to ensure necessary measures for our students’ safety. 

Should you have information regarding this rumor, or of any threat to the safety of our schools and students, please contact the Mt. Lebanon Police Department or your child’s principal.

Sincerely,

Timothy Steinhauer, Ed.D.

Superintendent


September 28, 2021

Dear High School Families,

The District has received several Safe2Say tips about rumors circulating on social media that a high school student is going to “shoot up the school.”  The High School administration has been working cooperatively with the School Resource Officer and the Mt. Lebanon Police Department to investigate this rumor.  The investigation has not substantiated the rumor.

Out of an abundance of caution, the Mt. Lebanon Police Department will have an increased presence in and around the High School for the next several days.  Additionally, we have advised the staff of the situation, asking them to immediately report any information they may hear or any out-of-the-ordinary student behavior, and be especially visible in the hallways during the change of class, hall/café duty, etc.

The safety of the entire school community is a top priority to us. We value the importance of communicating with you about these types of occurrences and informing you of the precautions being taken regarding this rumor. 

Should you have information that substantiates this rumor, please contact the Mt. Lebanon Police Department or the High School administration.

Sincerely,

Joel G. Thompson, Ed.D.

Principal


August 25, 2021

Dear Families,

As we start the 2021-2022 school year, I am writing to share the COVID notification process for our schools.  Primarily, the school district website dashboard will serve as notification to our community of COVID-19 cases in schools and is designed to provide the most up-to-date data for our community.  

The dashboard consists of two charts.  The first chart provides a snapshot of the total number of employee and student positive cases of COVID-19 in the District, and the second displays the total COVID-19 cases by month. 

We will carefully contact trace all cases of COVID positive individuals in our District buildings and programs.  Anyone who is identified as a close contact impacted by a positive case will be alerted directly by a member of our school nursing staff.  

In some instances, individuals who are directly impacted may be difficult to determine.  In cases such as these, there will be notification sent to everyone involved in the activity, or present in the classroom, at the same time as the positive case.  

The health of your child and your family continues to be our first concern.  Mt. Lebanon School District and the Allegheny County Health Department are here to help you get the information you need.  If you have questions specifically about your child’s health, please contact your child’s health care provider. 

Sincerely,

Deanna Hess, MSEd, BSN, CSN, RN

Chair, Health Services Department


August 4, 2021

Dear Families,

We know that in-person instruction is the strongest and most beneficial learning model for the majority of our students. The District’s goal for the 2021-22 school year is to maximize in-person learning and minimize any disruptions caused by COVID outbreaks and community spread.

This week, Allegheny County moved from a moderate to the substantial COVID transmission rate. Based on this current transmission rate, we are updating our Health and Safety Plan to reflect the following change:  

  • Universal masking is required for all individuals regardless of vaccination status while indoors in our schools, effective Monday morning, August 9, 2021.

This updated health and safety strategy is in line with the CDC’s recommendation and includes careful consideration of local conditions. The Pennsylvania Department of Education and the Allegheny County Health Department support and endorse these guidelines in communities while in substantial transmission.

By beginning the school year with this updated health and safety strategy, we will be well-positioned to provide the best education possible for each and every student.

 

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


May 13, 2021

Dear Families and Students

I am disappointed to report that a drawing of a swastika was found inside a bathroom stall at Lincoln Elementary School. We take this incident very seriously. An investigation began immediately, and the Mt. Lebanon Police Department (MLPD) is involved. We will take appropriate disciplinary action for those found responsible for this incident.  

The inappropriateness of the use of this symbol will be discussed directly with students as part of a classroom meeting on Friday.  This essential conversation with and continued education of our students is imperative as we are committed to creating a school and community that is welcoming and inclusive. 

In an effort to continue to educate our students, families, and the community about discrimination and bias, I wanted to share the following resources with you:

We value that Lincoln Elementary School includes students and families from many different backgrounds. We have and will continue to act swiftly to address any issues that violate our policies and practices of nondiscrimination. There is no tolerance for discriminatory behavior in our school.

Should you have any information that may assist us in our investigation, please contact the MLPD or the school administration.  We are committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all of our students that emphasizes respect for all.

Respectfully,
Ron Kitsko


March 31, 2021

Dear Mt. Lebanon Families, 

Last Friday, March 26, 2021, Allegheny County moved to the substantial community transmission level of COVID-19.  As we watch the number of positive cases thus far this week in the County, we anticipate that on April 2, 2021, we will reach the second week at the substantial level of community transmission. If this occurs, please be reminded of the options on the instructional modality for your children. 

At the elementary, we have expanded the options available for students while in the substantial rate of community transmission. Elementary students who are attending in-person may continue to attend five full days per week, or they may choose to live-stream. If you elect live-streaming, please reach out to your child’s teacher and principal. Live-streaming would only be offered while we remain in the substantial transmission rate in Allegheny County, with the exception of those in quarantine or out of school for COVID-related illness.

Secondary students who are attending in person may continue to attend five full days per week and utilize the Present Virtual (PV) option when necessary.  Additionally, secondary students may choose to attend 2 days per week in-person or fully Remote.  If you would like to change your mode of instruction, please contact your counselor or building principal.    

So far this year, we have seen a pattern of increased cases following holidays and school breaks.  Please help to keep our community safe and our schools open. We continue to encourage you to follow the recommended health practices. 

  • Wear a mask

  • Maintain physical distance

  • Wash hands often

  • Avoid large gatherings 

We will continue to monitor COVID positive cases in the District and take necessary steps as warranted. 

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


March 19, 2021

Dear Mt. Lebanon Families,

The recent tragic events that took place in Atlanta against those in the Asian-American community highlight an escalating pattern of anti-Asian hostility and crimes. This is something we have seen throughout the country over the past year, especially as it relates to the harmful rhetoric associated with the coronavirus.  

To our Asian-American students and families, we want you to know that we care deeply for your well-being and safety. Your presence in our school and community enriches us all. We stand together as a school community against racism and hatred in all forms. We are dedicated to supporting all of our students in a culture that values diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Our commitment to social and emotional well-being fosters the development of students who are empathetic, appreciate diversity, and have respect for others. Our students are our future. 

As always, it is important to provide educational resources for our staff and families. Please follow this link for more resources and information.

Sincerely,

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


March 15, 2021

Dear Mt. Lebanon Community,

As you may be aware, a drawing of a swastika was found inside a bathroom stall at Jefferson Middle School both on March 2 and on March 9. We take incidents like these very seriously in the Mt. Lebanon School District. As JMS Principal Dr. Sarah Shaw reported to parents in her email communications, an investigation began immediately, and the Mt. Lebanon Police Department was involved. 

We have and will continue to act swiftly to address any issues that violate our policies and practices of nondiscrimination. There is zero-tolerance for discriminatory behavior in our schools, and we will take appropriate disciplinary action for those found responsible for this incident. 

However, it is of the utmost importance that we continue to educate our students to understand the full meaning of this hateful symbol and all that it represents. The hurt that it causes our Jewish community is profound and in turn, impacts all in our school community. Dr. Shaw  shared in her letter how they are addressing this incident directly with JMS students. 

I want to express my deep thanks and gratitude to Rabbi Aaron Meyer from Temple Emanuel of South Hills and Rabbis Alex and Amy Greenbaum from Beth El Congregation of the South Hills for their guidance and educational support they have generously provided Dr. Shaw and the District over the years. Our partnership with them is one we value and cherish. 

Through our partnership with the Anti-Defamation League and their No Place For Hate initiative, our administrators, faculty, and staff received anti-bias, anti-discrimination training from ADL facilitators. This training led to school-based projects that confront bias and promote inclusion in all of our schools. And our work continues with the efforts of our District Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion Taskforce, created for the purpose of defining equity, identifying achievement and opportunity gaps.

In the Mt. Lebanon School District, we are all committed to fostering a culture of acceptance and understanding in our schools and work every day to cultivate a place where everyone is treated with kindness, respect, and dignity. 

Respectfully,

Timothy J. Steinhauer, Ed.D.
Superintendent of Schools


March 9, 2021

Dear Families and Students

I am disappointed to report that a second drawing of a swastika was found inside a bathroom stall at Jefferson Middle School. We continue to take these incidents very seriously. An investigation began immediately, and the Mt. Lebanon Police Department is involved. The administration will take appropriate disciplinary action for those found responsible for this incident.  

The inappropriateness of the use of this symbol will be discussed directly with students as part of our Tuesday Talk program tomorrow morning.  This essential conversation and the continued education of our students is imperative as we are committed to creating a school and community that is welcoming and inclusive. 

In an effort to continue to educate our students, families, and the community about discrimination and bias, I wanted to share the following resources with you:

 Anti-Defamation League (ADL): Talking to Young Children about Bias and Prejudice

We value that Jefferson Middle School includes students and families from many different backgrounds. We have and will continue to act swiftly to address any issues that violate our policies and practices of nondiscrimination. There is zero-tolerance for discriminatory behavior in our school.

Should you have any information that may assist us in our investigation, please contact the MLPD or the school administration.  We are committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all of our students that emphasizes respect for all. 

Sincerely,

Sarah Shaw, Ed.D.
Principal


March 2, 2021

Dear Families and Students,

On March 2, a drawing of a swastika was found inside a bathroom stall at Jefferson Middle School. We are taking this incident very seriously.  An investigation began immediately, and the Mt. Lebanon Police Department is involved. The administration will take appropriate disciplinary action for those found responsible for this incident.

We value that Jefferson Middle School includes students and families from many different backgrounds. We have and will continue to act swiftly to address any issues that violate our policies and practices of nondiscrimination. There is zero-tolerance for discriminatory behavior in our school.

Should you have any information that may assist us in our investigation, please contact the MLPD or the school administration.  We are committed to providing a safe, welcoming, and inclusive environment for all of our students that emphasizes respect for all. 

Sincerely,
Sarah Shaw, Ed.D.
Principal


March 1, 2021

Dear Markham Families,

This morning at approximately 8:45 a.m., a person unaffiliated with Markham was on the school grounds and near building entrances. We followed our safety protocols and called 911. 

The Mt. Lebanon Police Department arrived at Markham almost immediately and peacefully removed the person from the school grounds without incident.  The incident concluded at 8:50 a.m.  All students were accounted for and remained in classrooms with teachers. At no time during this event was the safety of students or staff threatened. 

I want to thank the Mt Lebanon Police Department for their quick response. I also want to commend our students, faculty, and staff for following our safety procedures. 

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Mt. Lebanon Police Department by calling 911. 

Sincerely,
Mrs. Jocelyn V. Artinger