The Waxahachie ISD Board of Trustees has underscored its commitment to the safety of all students with the adoption of a 13-point security plan, with implementation to begin immediately.
The plan, which was created with input from parents, community members, local law enforcement organizations, and district administrators, includes the following upgrades which have already been completed or are to be executed during the 2018-2019 school year:
- The addition of a second School Resource Officer (SRO) for the district.
- Hiring local law enforcement to work at all WISD campuses during the school day.
- Implementation of the Marshal Plan, including the identification of key personnel meeting appropriate qualifications to undergo 80 hours of rigorous training provided by the Texas Commission on Law Enforcement, with the goal of appointing at least one appropriately qualified and trained school marshal at each campus of the district.
- Implementation of the Guardian Plan, with select volunteers meeting appropriate qualification to undergo training similar to that which is required of school marshals.
- Metal detector wands at every campus, with random screenings to occur throughout the school day and at extracurricular events.
- The adoption of a discipline policy for students and staff who intentionally leave school facilities unsecure.
- Providing crisis counseling for students as needed, including working to identify and provide services for students identified as at-risk for violent behavior.
- Training staff on security, lockdown, and evacuation procedures utilizing the Standard Response Protocol and Standard Reunification Method approved by the State of Texas. Many district personnel have already received this training from the I Love U Guys Foundation, and the district will be conducting an additional session with the Foundation later this month.
- Implementation of a delayed evacuation model to ensure that pulled fire alarms are not false.
- Work with and train community members to provide visibility and volunteer security, specifically targeting retired law enforcement and veterans.
- Implementation of teen leadership programs at junior high campuses that work directly with district security officers and SROs.
- Implementation of programs to encourage first responders and law enforcement to be on district campuses, including work spaces, free lunches, etc.
- Implementation of improved programs and policies for parent notification during emergency events.
For more information about WISD, please visit www.wisd.org.
Continuing our tradition of “Excellence in Education,” the mission of the Waxahachie Independent School District is to develop, through a cooperative effort with the home and community, well-educated, responsible citizens who can excel in a complex world.