UPDATE: Modified lockdown lifted

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This phone call is for all ACPS parents to make you aware that our schools are currently using a modified lockdown protocol just as a precautionary measure, based on information law enforcement has given us related to an investigation they are conducting. During a modified lockdown, we do not use our playgrounds or athletic fields but students and staff are able to move around inside the buildings without any restrictions. To be clear, no threat has been made to our schools. We are merely assisting our law enforcement partners in their work. Thank you!

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UPDATE: 11:16 a.m. — Appomattox County Public Schools modified lockdown has been discontinued. All after school programs will continue as scheduled.

WFXR received the following statement from Dr. Annette. A. Bennett, Division Superintendent of Appomattox County Public Schools:

Based on new information we have received from law enforcement, we are able to notify you that the modified lockdown protocol has been discontinued in all ACPS schools.
We are thankful for the close collaboration we share with our Sheriff’s Department who have our students’ safety in mind at all times.

– Dr. Annette A. Bennett, Division Superintendant, Appomattox County Public Schools

Based on new information we have received from law enforcement, we are able to notify you that the modified lockdown protocol has been discontinued in all ACPS schools.
We are thankful for the close collaboration we share with our Sheriff’s Department who have our students’ safety in mind at all times.

UPDATE: 10:44 a.m. –The modified lockdown at Appomattox County Schools is due to a search for a wanted man in the area.

There is no active threat to the schools. The decision to enforce a modified lockdown is a decision made solely by the school, said Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office, Sheriff-elect, Major Donald Simpon.

According to the Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office, deputies are assisting the Campbell County Sheriff’s Office search for a wanted man in Appomattox County.

Simpson would not provide information on the person who they are searching for. Instead, he referred to Campbell County Sheriff’s Office for more details.

APPOMATTOX, Va. (WFXR) — Appomattox County Schools are under a modified lockdown, after Appomattox County Sheriff’s Office called for the extra precaution.

According to the Division Superintendent Dr. Annette Bennett, students are restricted from spending time on the playground or taking part in any other outside activity during the modified lockdown.

This is the message the school provided to parents through their telephone alert system:

This phone call is for all ACPS parents to make you aware that our schools are currently using a modified lockdown protocol just as a precautionary measure, based on information law enforcement has given us related to an investigation they are conducting.


During a modified lockdown, we do not use our playgrounds or athletic fields but students and staff are able to move around inside the buildings without any restrictions. To be clear, no threat has been made to our schools. We are merely assisting our law enforcement partners in their work.


Thank you!

Annette A. Bennett, Division Superintendant, Appomattox County Public Schools

Bennett said she believes after school activities will go on as scheduled.

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