Preventative Safety Measures
The mission of Dickinson ISD is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning 
opportunities that help them rech their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 
To provide the safest learning environment possible, the school district has put in place the 
following protocols:

Protection and Safety

1.         STUDENT RESOURCE OFFICERS (SRO) – DISD has five Deputies to start the 2018-2019
            school year. Pending approval, the district will add three additional Galveston County
            Sheriff’s Deputies as soon as the positions can be filled. Deputies will be located at all our
            secondary campuses (Dickinson High School, Kranz Junior High, McAdams Junior High,
            Barber Middle School, Dunbar Middle School, and Lobit Middle School). They will also be
            available to provide support at all elementary campuses located nearby.

2.         ALERRT (Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) – All deputies within the
            school liaison division have been through tactical training over the summer.

3.         PARTNERSHIPS WITH LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT – Local law enforcement agencies
            will be participating in our Safety and Security Committee. We have also provided them
            access to our campuses for any training needs they may have, including emergency
            response. All law enforcement personnel are welcome on DISD campuses for purposes of
            visitation or performing duties.

4.         SECURITY PATROLS – Dickinson High School will have additional security patrols during
            the school day. One will patrol the halls and another will be a motorized patrol of the
            parking lot and campus perimeter.

5.         THE STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL K12 EXTENDED – DISD has adopted the
            protocols developed by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, as well as the protocol toolkit
            located on the Texas School Safety Center website. All employees and students will be
            trained on how to use these protocols.

6.         CAMPUS EMERGENCY GUIDES – All campuses have individually developed
            emergency plans designed specifically for their school. The guides include drill planning,
            emergency shut down procedures, and communications.

7.         TEACHER EMERGENCY PROCEDURES GUIDE – All employees have newly updated
            guides to address emergency situations outside of the Standard Response Protocol.
            Administrators and teachers will receive training prior to the start of school with updates
            during the school year.

8.         SAFETY BEST PRACTICES – The new Emergency Procedures Guide includes a list of best
            safety practices including teachers keeping classroom doors locked at all times.

9.         MOTION DETECTORS/ALARM SYSTEMS - All campuses have motion detectors and
            monitored alarm systems to detect entry and notify campus administration and law
            enforcement.

10.       SECURITY VESTIBULES/CONTROLLED ACCESS – All campuses have security
            vestibule entrances that require visitors to enter the office to gain entry to the building.

11.       VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM – DISD uses the Raptor system to monitor and verify
            visitor ID’s and check for sex offenders at all campuses. The program prints a badge with
            the visitor’s name, picture, date, and time. The badges make it easier for staff to identify
            campus visitors. No one will be allowed to visit a DISD campus without identification.

12.       SECURITY CAMERAS – We have 1,733 camera lenses that monitor our campuses. Law
            enforcement and campus administrators have access to all cameras on their campus. All buses
            have security cameras.

13.       TELEPHONES – All classrooms have phones that allow teachers to call the office in case of
            emergency. The phones are capable of calling other rooms and outside numbers as well. All
            phones are 911 enabled.

14.       RADIOS – Key campus personnel have radios to facilitate communication on larger
            campuses.
            They also allow school personnel to communicate with our Student Resource Officers.

15.       K9 DRUG DOG – The district has access to the use of a K9 unit through our contract with the
            Galveston County Sheriff’s office.

16.       THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS – Campuses will utilize the SIGMA Threat Management
            Training to establish Threat Assessment Teams on each campus. Interdisciplinary teams will
            identify, assess, and address threats to the campus.

17.       CAMPUS SAFETY COMMITTEES – Each school will create a safety committee comprised of
            parents and staff to address the needs and concerns of the campus. Committees will encourage
            parent involvement in school safety, including programs such as “Watch D.O.G.S.”.

18.       ADMINISTRATOR TRAINING – Appropriate administrators have training in NIMS
            (National Incident Management Systems) and ICS (Incident Command System) to facilitate
            emergency response. All campus administrators are trained in the Standard Response Protocol
            K12 Extended developed by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation. 

19.       STAFF TRAINING - All teachers will be trained in the Standard Response Protocol K12
            Extended developed by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation, including lockout, lockdown,
            evacuate, shelter, and hold.

20.       STUDENT TRAINING – All students will be trained in the Standard Response Protocol K12
            Extended developed by the “I Love U Guys” foundation. Posters will be in every classroom,
            and parent information is available in the Student Handbook and on the website.

21.       STUDENT DRILLS – The district requires a fire drill monthly (obstructed/unobstructed)
            which is required by insurance. In addition, we perform two lockdown drills a year and two
            severe weather/shelter drills per year.

22.       ANONYMOUS BULLYING/THREAT REPORTING – DISD will contract with P3 Campus to
            provide a method to report anonymous tips relating to school safety. Reports can be made
            through a mobile app or via a web browser. Tips will be available to administrators and law
            enforcement.

23.       SOCIAL MEDIA MONITORING – The district has contracted with Social Sentinel to monitor
            social media for threats, suicide ideation, and bullying in real time.

24.       INTERNAL MEDIA MONITORING – DISD has a contract with Gaggle to monitor district
            internal digital media including Google mail and Google Drive in real time.


Mental and Behavioral Health

25.       SOCIAL WORKERS – The district employs two social workers to assist students and families
            in need throughout the district.

26.       CERTIFIED SCHOOL COUNSELORS – DISD employs 22 professional school counselors to
            meet students’ counseling needs.

27.       LICENSED SPECIALISTS IN SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGY (LSSP) – The district employees
            nine Licensed Specialists in School Psychology. LSSP’s help children and youth succeed
            academically, socially, behaviorally, and emotionally. They collaborate with educators,
            parents, and other professionals to create safe, healthy, and supportive learning environments
            that strengthen connections between home, school, and the community for all students. Their
            training emphasizes preparation in mental health and educational interventions, child
            development, learning, behavior, motivation, curriculum and instruction, assessment,
            consultation, collaboration, school law, and systems.

28.       CASE MANAGERS – Communities in Schools – DISD has eight case managers through a
            partnership with Communities in School - Bay Area to provide services for at-risk students.

29.       MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS

            a.         Resolve It – This program provides counseling for students who are victims of violence
                        or witness it within the home.

            b.         Family Service Center – Through a grant, DISD will have four additional mental health
                        counselors placed at DHS, MJHS, BCES, and CRES to provide mental health counseling
                        to students affected by Hurricane Harvey and other students in need.

            c.         Innovative Alternatives – DISD staff will attend CISM (Critical Incident Stress
                        Management training) and through a grant, we are in the planning stages for obtaining
                        additional mental health counselors who can provide counseling support to students
                        and staff.

            d.         Krist Samaritan – This organization will provide CISM to all counselors and LSSPs and
                        is working on a grant to provide additional mental health counselors to students.

30.       BEHAVIOR COACHES – DISD has 13 behavior coaches and 4 behavior professionals who
            provide immediate and ongoing behavioral support and instruction to students who are
            struggling with classroom behavior. All behavior coaches are annually trained and certified in
            nonviolent crisis intervention with the philosophy of providing the best “Care, Welfare, Safety
            and Security” for students exhibiting crisis behaviors.

31.       NONVIOLENT CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINERS – DISD has four certified instructors
            who provide monthly training in nonviolent crisis intervention.

32.       BACODA PARTNERSHIP – Bay Area Council on Drug Awareness provides health-related
            information and training on drugs and alcohol.

33.       DEPELCHIN CHILDREN’S CENTER – this organization provides substance abuse programs
            for students, school-wide activities and programs such as Red Ribbon Week and Tar Wars,
            opportunities for student-based community projects, and parent programs.

34.       MENTAL HEALTH REQUEST – The DISD webpage has a mental health request form that
            parents can fill out and submit.  It will be routed to the campus counselor for immediate
            assessment.  This is scheduled to go live before the 1st day of school.


Physical Health

35.       UTMB PHYSICIAN’S ASSISTANTS – DISD serves as the intern site for UTMB medical
            doctors as part of their rotation.  Doctors are present on our campus on a monthly basis and
            provide assessment and other services.

36.       GATOR CLINIC – DISD employs a physician assistant in cooperation with Houston
            Methodist Clear Lake. The PA provides immediate medical care for students, immunizations,
            and medical management of chronic conditions.

37.       CAMPUS HEALTH CLINICS – DISD employs 11 nurses who provide daily nursing services
            to students. The district is hiring an additional nurse to meet the needs of our DHS students.


Relational and Instructional

38.       COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS:

            a.         Bay Area Assistance League hosts Operation School Bell which provides clothing for
                        students in need.

            b.         Galveston County Food Bank provides weekend food provisions for identified families.

            c.         M.I. Lewis provides food, school supplies, and other necessities to our students and
                        families throughout the year.

39.       CAMPUS BEHAVIORAL PROGRAMS:

            a.         Restorative Practices – This past summer, five staff finished the coursework to become                                                         trainers for this nationally known social science that provides techniques for how to
                        strengthen relationships between individuals as well as social connections within
                        communities. The use of restorative practices has the potential to reduce crime, violence
                        and bullying while improving human behavior, restoring relationships and thus
                        strengthening civil society.

            b.         Safe & Civil Schools – For the past two years, DHS and MJH implemented this proactive
                        and positive approach to school management in which everyone on the campuses
                        teaches pro-social and academic classroom and school behavior. These expectations are
                        taught systematically and focus on positive interaction with students.  Staff use “fluent
                        correction” by referring back to the behavioral expectation rather than create an
                        indictment on the student. Misbehavior is treated as an opportunity to teach
                        replacement behaviors.

40.       COMMUNITY MENTORS:

            a.         Military Mentors – DHS has promoted the presence of military recruiters on the campus
                        on a weekly basis.

            b.         AVID Mentors– AVID (Advancement Via Individual Determination) program mentors
                        at DHS and MJH provide weekly academic and motivational tutoring. AVID teaches
                        critical thinking skills and drives student success through engaging, rigorous and
                        student centered learning

            c.         Parent Volunteer Programs – Volunteer parents are present on campus to greet students
                        and assist with daily duties, through programs such as Watch D.O.G.S program,
                        Gator Guards, Guarding the Swamp and more.

41.       CAMPUS INSTRUCTIONAL PROGRAMS:

            a.         Lighted Windows, Open Doors – DHS teachers in all four-core areas provide tutoring
                        assistance every Tuesday and Thursday from 2:45 – 7:00 pm in the library. This service
                         is open to all DISD students for assistance with academics.

            b.         College & Career Center – DHS provides a full-time counselor in a fully equipped college                                                    and career center with weekly visits from local community colleges. This service is open
                         to all DISD students.

Security Terminology
The mission of the Dickinson Independent School District is to ensure that all students have safe and successful learning opportunities that help them reach their full potential and add quality throughout their lives. 

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