Lockout Status at WHES Aug. 19

August 19, 2021


Dear Woodmen Hills Elementary School Families,

On Thursday, at approximately 8:15 a.m., our law enforcement partners at the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office told WHES administrators as well as D49 safety and security about an active EPSO search for an individual in a nearby neighborhood. Following the guidance from EPSO, and out of an abundance of caution, administrators initiated a secured perimeter status at WHES as our law enforcement partners carried out their search. Students and staff moved quickly into the building, and the school restricted visitors, which follows our lockout procedures.

WHES carried on with regular activities indoors as our partners at EPSO carried out their mission, and our students and staff remained safe. Administrators lifted the lockout when EPSO gave the all clear at 9:10 a.m. after the initial alert. 

D49 thanks our law enforcement partners and encourages all of our staff, students and families to stay alert and report any suspicious activity. We will stay proactive and partner with local law enforcement to ensure a safe learning environment awaits every District 49 learner.


Bethany Stegman
Principal, Woodmen Hills Elementary