Safety and Security

Welcome to Safety & Security

The safety of students and staff is a top priority in Lorain City Schools. Our staff works closely with the Safety Services in the City of Lorain to create safety plans that are continuously reviewed and updated. We regularly practice safety drills and conduct safety-related discussions with students in a positive and age-appropriate manner. In addition, all of our schools have state-of-the-art safety and security systems in place for the protection of our students and staff.

The Lorain City Schools believe that open communication is a key element in maintaining safe learning environments. To that end, the district uses a Safety Hotline to allow students, parents, and any other concerned parties to file an anonymous report regarding potential safety issues. Lorain City Schools also uses a parent notification system that can contact families via phone or email to provide regular updates or emergency messages.  

Meet Your Team

Reuben Figueroa
Reuben Figueroa, affectionately known as Fig to his friends and colleagues, is a 2008 graduate of Admiral King High School. He graduated at just 16 as one of the first (PSEO) Early College students in Lorain County. 

He later went on to earn an associate’s degree in Criminal Justice from Lorain County Community College. 

One of his first jobs was as a safety officer with Lorain City Schools before entering the police academy, and joining the Lorain Police Department in 2013. But when the police department needed a resource officer at Lorain High School, Figueroa gave up patrolling the streets to return to the hallways — and he has never looked back since, eventually assuming the role of safety coordinator for Lorain City Schools.

Figueroa earned a bachelor's degree in Criminal Justice: Public Administration and Management from Liberty University, where is also currently enrolled to finish his graduate degree in Public Safety.

Today, he serves as Director of Safety & Security. He is responsible for the management of the district's safety compliance officers and safety officers as well as coordinates with district officials on all building safety and security plans, bringing his expertise as a sworn officer who has patrolled the same streets as our families to a job that requires just as much in the way of compassion. In 2019, the Lorain County Sheriff’s Office deputized Figueroa for law enforcement authority in school-related incidents throughout Lorain City Schools.

This connection with the Lorain Police Department and Lorain County Sheriff’s Office allows Lorain City Schools to tap into comprehensive law enforcement strategies needed to build safety and security plans that utilize the most up-to-date best practices. 

Figueroa is very passionate about youth and school safety. He enjoys working for the improvement of the community and he loves to learn. He serves on the Lorain County Health and Dentistry Board of Directors, the "Basta Ya" Board of Mental Health Among Latinos Initiative at the Nord Center and the TDR Learning Academy Board of Directors. 

Figueroa married to Amarily Figueroa in 2012, and the couple has three children. 


Kenneth Bryant Sr. | Lorain High School
Frankie Coad | Lorain High School
Armandte Foster | Lorain High School 
Ditanuia Geiger-Baker | Lorain High School
Christobal Gonzalez | Lorain High School 
Michael Grissom | Lorain High School 
Dominique Higginbotham | Lorain High School 
Janice Jackson | Longfellow Middle School 
Michael Johnson | Lorain High School
Gerald Jones | Lorain High School
Jennifer Layfield | Lorain High School
Jeffrey Leasure | District wide
Joel Orona | District wide 
Santiago Ruiz | Lorain High School 
Rosalio Sanchez | Longfellow 
Roger Spencer | Lorain High School/Success Academy 
Avery Thomas | Longfellow Middle School
Mercy Wright | Southview Middle School

Micha Gibbs | Lorain High School 
Robert McFarland | Longfellow Middle School
Marl Moos | Southview Middle School
Carmen Ransom | Lorain High School
Markell Young | Gen. Johnnie Wilson Middle School

Frequently Asked Safety Questions

Q: What are lockdowns and what do the levels mean?
 A lockdown is a precautionary measure in response to a threat. There are three levels that vary depending on the type of threat indicated.  
  • LEVEL 1 Lockdown indicates a possible threat in the area near the school building.   In the course of a LEVEL 1 LOCKDOWN exterior doors and windows are to remain locked and no one is to enter or leave the building.  Normal school operations are to continue. 
  • LEVEL 2 Lockdown indicates a possible threat on the outside of the school building.  In the course of a LEVEL 2 LOCKDOWN doors and windows are to remain locked and no one is to enter or leave the building.  Staff and students are to remain in their designated areas and hallways should remain clear.
  • LEVEL 3 Lockdown indicates a possible threat on the inside of the school building. In the course of a LEVEL 3 LOCKDOWN all doors and windows are to remain locked and no one is to enter or leave the building.  Interior lights should be turned off.  Staff and students are to remain in their designated areas and hallways should remain clear.  

See Something, Say Something

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Need to report something suspicious? Text or call our anonymous SaferSchools Ohio tip line at:
The Lorain CIty Schools participates in SaferSchools Ohio, an anonymous tip line through the Ohio Department of Education and the Ohio Department of Public Safety. The SaferOH tip line accepts calls and text message 24/7. 

Contact Us

Reuben Figueroa
Director of Safety & Security

Mary Mayse
Interim Executive Director of Operations
Lorain Police Department
School Resource Officer
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