The district said it did not have enough teachers and staff to provide adequate safety for students.
IRMO, SC – Irmo High School had to switch to a distance learning day on Friday as the school faced a staffing issue.
News19 obtained a copy of a letter sent to parents by the district on Friday morning confirming the move.
According to the Lexington-Richland School District Five, threats have been made on social media. On Thursday evening, the district learned that a number of teachers had called for work for Friday.
The district told parents that no credible threat was found at that time. News19 has contacted the Lexington County Sheriff’s Department, which is investigating the allegations, for more information on the nature of the threats.
According to a spokesperson for the Lexington County Sheriff’s Office, the investigation revolves around a video and comments from a suspended student.
“As we continue our efforts to review the content of the video, we are not aware of any direct threats made against the school by the student,” he added. “No charges are pending in this case.”
The situation only affected Irmo High School.
The district had since attempted to bring in replacements and relocate administrators to cover absences, but found it did not have enough staff to adequately ensure student safety. At this point the decision was made to switch to e-learning for the day.
Students were asked to use Google Classroom to get their homework.
The district said classes would resume Monday with a two-hour delay to allow for a staff meeting with teachers. The meeting will be an opportunity to collect comments and comments.
“We will continue to work with the leaders of Lexington-Richland School District 5 to ensure the safety of teachers, staff and students at Irmo High,” the sheriff’s office said.