Because of the tragic events in Newtown, Connecticut, school safety and security will understandably be a significant topic of discussion among us all for the foreseeable future. I want to take this opportunity to provide some insight on our current safety and security policies and procedures.
First, CSISD has emergency operations plans for each campus, which were developed in 2005. The emergency response plans are evaluated and updated annually, and in 2011 the plans went through a formal evaluation with security and safety experts from the Texas Engineering Extension Service. Each plan takes into account the campus location, design and age of students. These respective campus plans contain multiple possible responses which can be applied to emergency situations in order to maximize student safety. All CSISD campuses practice multiple emergency responses, including evacuations, lockdowns and shelter-in-place drills, on a routine basis.
All CSISD campuses have emergency radios, which have the capability to directly contact the College Station Police Department dispatch. CSISD also works closely with the College Station PD, which has engaged in emergency response training in CSISD buildings.
Additionally, CSISD contracts with an outside agency to conduct a safety audit every three years.
CSISD encourages volunteering and parent participation in its schools. Those of you who have been to one of our campuses know we have safety procedures in place regarding volunteers and visitors. Visitors will not enter a CSISD school without scanning their ID at the front office, and CSISD personnel are to actively engage all campus visitors.
All CSISD classrooms are locked during the school day and are only opened by teachers or campus administrators. All employees are to alert authorities or school administration if they see anything suspicious on, or near, their respective campus.
The previously-mentioned policies and procedures are put in place with student safety at the forefront. In the upcoming days, weeks and months, we will examine these policies and procedures to ensure we are providing the highest level of safety that is feasibly possible.
Our children are our most precious resource and we will diligently work to continue to provide a safe learning environment for them.
I appreciate your support of College Station ISD. Like you, I will be praying for those in Newtown, and all those affected by this tragedy.
CSISD Superintendent of Schools