Keeping Kids Safe: BISD’s Safety & Security

Keeping Kids Safe: BISD’s Safety & Security
Posted on 04/05/2018
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Brazosport ISD is committed to providing a safe and secure learning environment for our students, staff and visitors. This informational release is designed to give our parents and community an in-depth view of the internal workings of this commitment.

BISD has a team of eleven highly trained and experienced police officers and eight security specialists who protect our schools each day. In addition to state law enforcement training requirements, BISD police officers also participate in advanced and relevant training opportunities. This includes, but is not limited to, active shooter training, crisis intervention training, advanced child abuse certifications, mental health certifications, and annual attendance at the Texas School Based Law Enforcement Conference. ​Furthermore, our police department meets at least quarterly with campus and department representatives, as well as representatives from area city police and fire departments. Our police department also includes a trained canine to regularly conduct random searches for weapons and narcotics.

The district has electronic monitoring at all campuses, which includes more than 1,000 security cameras throughout the school district. Office staff are trained in how to monitor school entrances and safety vestibules, as well as how to use the real-time technology tool utilized on our campuses to screen all visitors (Raptor Technologies). Campus administrators also establish and verify that communication calling trees are in order to ensure all staff is informed and updated in the event of a crisis. Each campus also has key personnel who are trained in CPR (cardiopulmonary resuscitation).

Training and Drills: Emergency training of campus staff is ongoing. Prior to the start of school each year, staff goes through training on each crisis drill. During the first week of school students are taught on the various safety trainings and drills, and drills are conducted and evaluated regularly throughout the school year.

Drills are practiced so that staff are ready to respond in the event of an emergency. No two scenarios are alike, so staff are trained and empowered to use professional judgement and cannot rely on direction from an administrator in the moment of the crisis.

  • Shelter-in-place is practiced primarily for Chemical Releases.
  • Duck & Cover is practiced primarily for Tornadoes.
  • Lockdown is practiced primarily as a response to an Intruder
  • Evacuation is practiced primarily for fires/explosions. Drills are initiated by use of the fire alarm. At least five are considered “unobstructed,” and at least four are considered “obstructed,” meaning an exit is blocked so that students and staff must divert to their back-up evacuation route.
  • Reverse Evacuation is practiced when the danger outside is greater than the danger inside.
  • The district provides National Incident Management System (NIMS) training every other summer. This training includes testing and receiving a certification of completion of the FEMA training modules Introduction to Incident Command System for Schools and Multi-Hazard Emergency Planning for Schools. This past summer 35 BISD Emergency Management Team members received NIMS training.

Parent Communication Process: In the event of a crisis, BISD’s Communications Department initiates community communication through the use of social media (Facebook), School Messenger (phone, email, text), media and the district website.

Reunification: Once the emergency/crisis is brought under control our district uses a student parent reunification process. That process is described on the BISD Emergency Management Webpage.

Counseling Response Team: After any type of crisis situation, it is imperative that there be a recovery process. Counselors have specific protocol that is followed after a crisis event. During the school days following a crisis, counselors are made available to go into classes to address groups and also available in a central location for students/staff to access.

Prevention: Research shows that prevention is more effective than response. Although, we have specific response plans, we believe time spent building relationships and skills within our students is far more beneficial than being reactive. Brazosport ISD and various community organizations help provide our students and staff with many different types of prevention programs to help with the overall safety and well-being of students in our district. Below is a list of some of the prevention measures used in BISD.

  • Crisis Plans
  • Student Mentoring
  • Social Workers and Case Managers
  • Mental Health Officers
  • Behavior Specialists
  • Loving BISD- school/church partnership
  • Digital Citizenship
  • Human Trafficking Awareness
  • Drug/Alcohol Awareness
  • Random Drug Testing
  • Watch DOGS

Students, parents and community members can also report concerns through an anonymous hotline (979-730-SAFE 7233) or online through the Report It, Don't Ignore It Form found on the BISD website.

A district Safety and Security Committee is comprised of industry and emergency responder representatives from the area and county, as well as central administration and campus staff representatives. The committee meets twice annually to ensure efforts are coordinated between the district and local agencies in reviewing, developing and implementing emergency operations plans to ensure that they are up-to-date and reflect the needs of the district.

For more information on safety and security in our schools contact the BISD Police Department 979-730-7299 or Dr. Robin Pelton, BISD Director of Students Services 979-730-7000.

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