The Lone Tree school district is holding classes virtually Wednesday after a threat was made on social media.

District Superintendent Ken Crawford sent a message to the students, families and staff on Wednesday saying classes would take place online as a precaution. Morning activities were also canceled, and teachers were asked to work from home.

Elementary, middle and high school students are all under one roof in the district’s school building.

The Johnson County Sheriff’s Office confirmed that the threat was made over a social media app and the situation was under investigation.

“The phrase ‘see something, say something’ is not a gimmick. It works and will keep all of us safe,” Crawford’s letter reads.

According to the letter, the district would “spend the day working with police” in order to make a decision about Thursday’s classes.

“Again, I would like to thank the community for your help and patience. When a student sees this kind of behavior online and reports it to the administration immediately, it shows the care and concern everyone has for each other in Lone Tree,” Crawford wrote.

Lone Tree is a community of less than 1,500 located 15 miles southeast of Iowa City. The district serves more than 500 students, according to its website.

Cleo Krejci covers education for the Iowa City Press-Citizen. You can reach her at [email protected] or on Twitter via @_CleoKrejci. 

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