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Dickinson ISD Preventative Safety Measures (Download the document - click here)
Safety is foundational for learning, and in DISD, it is a district goal to provide a physically and emotionally safe, healthy,
and equitable environment. The DISD District Safety and Security Committee meets during each school year to review
district needs and data, state-required procedures, safety products, and software. They also make recommendations for
safety and security improvements. To provide the safest learning environment possible, the following safety and
security measures are in place in DISD.
Protection and Safety
ARMED SECURITY OFFICERS
DISD has ten Galveston County School Resource Officers to provide support at our middle school, junior high, and high
House Bill 3, approved during the 88th Legislative Session, requires at least one-armed security officer during regular
school hours at each district campus. DISD is currently working to meet this requirement, and updated information will
be provided as soon as possible.
ALERRT (Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training)
All deputies within the school liaison division have received tactical training.
Dickinson High School has four security monitors during the school day. They are responsible for monitoring hallways,
restrooms, interior/exterior doors, parking lots, and security cameras.
LOCAL LAW ENFORCEMENT PARTNERSHIPS
Local law enforcement agencies actively participate on our Safety and Security Committee. They are given 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.
All campuses have vestibules with ballistic window film, a transaction window, and controlled access to the building.
The main front door at each campus is the only door that will remain unlocked during the school day. All exterior doors
must remain locked during the school day, and all classroom doors must be kept locked when they are occupied with
students. Door sweeps will occur weekly at each campus to ensure doors are kept locked.
VISITOR MANAGEMENT SYSTEM
DISD uses the Raptor system at all campuses to monitor and verify visitor ID’s and check for sex offenders. 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 facility without identification, and only parents/guardians listed in
Skyward will be allowed access.
STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL K12 EXTENDED
DISD 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 are trained on how to use this protocol.
CAMPUS EMERGENCY GUIDES
All campuses have individually developed emergency plans designed specifically for their schools. The guides include
drill planning, emergency shut down procedures, and communications.
EMPLOYEE EMERGENCY PROCEDURES GUIDE
Updated guides are available for all employees to address emergency situations outside of the Standard Response
Protocol. This guide includes a list of best safety practices including teachers keeping classroom doors always locked and
Avoid, Deny, Defend instruction. Administrators and teachers receive training prior to the start of school with updates
during the school year.
Share911 is our emergency communication platform, empowering teachers to report incidents and share real-time
information during critical situations. With their login and the app on their phones, teachers can swiftly respond to
emergencies, enhancing overall security measures. Share 911 uses the Standard Response Protocols from the I Love U
Over 1,900 camera lenses monitor our campuses, and additional cameras will be added as recommended. Law
enforcement and campus administrators have access to all cameras on their campus. All buses have security cameras.
All classrooms have phones that allow teachers to call the office in case of emergency. The phones can call other rooms
and outside numbers as well. All phones are 911 enabled.
MOTION DETECTORS/ALARM SYSTEMS
All campuses have motion detectors and monitored alarm systems to detect entry and notify campus administration and
law enforcement when district facilities are not in use.
Classrooms located in portable buildings will follow the same procedures as classrooms within the building. Safety
practices for DISD portable instructional buildings also include locking systems to secure all doors from the inside,
fencing to restrict access, signage reinforcing access is only allowed through the campus main entrance, telephones,
audible communications, skirting and underpinning, and cameras for surveillance and monitoring.
Key campus personnel have upgraded radios to facilitate communication on campuses. These radios also allow school
personnel to communicate with our Galveston County Student Resource Officers.
K9 DRUG DOG
The district has access to the use of a K9 unit through our contract with the Galveston County Sheriff’s office. This unit is
used at random during the school year inside campuses and on parking lots.
THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAMS
Each campus has a multidisciplinary Threat Assessment Team trained to utilize SIGMA Threat Management. These
teams identify, assess, and address threats to the campus. Parent notice will be given before doing a threat assessment
of a student, parents can participate in the assessment either in person or remotely, and findings and conclusions of the
team will be provided to the parent upon completion.
VIOLENT ACTIVITY NOTIFICATION
House Bill 3, approved during the 88th Legislative Session, requires districts to provide notice to parents of violent activity
that has occurred or is being investigated at a school campus or school-sponsored activity where their child attends. We
will begin this requirement after the TEA develops and provides districts with the model standards for providing notice.
CAMPUS SAFE AND SUPPORTIVE SCHOOL TEAM
Each school has a Safe and Supportive School Team comprised of parents and staff to address the needs and concerns of
the campus. Committees encourage parent involvement in school safety and help with the safety audit.
Appropriate administrators have training in NIMS (National Incident Management Systems) and ICS (Incident Command
System) to facilitate emergency response. Training for district and campus administrators includes the Standard
Response Protocol K12 Extended developed by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation and CRASE (Civilian Response to Active
STAFF TRAINING (including substitute teachers)
All teachers are trained in the Standard Response Protocol K12 Extended developed by the “I Love U Guys” Foundation,
including secure, lockdown, evacuate, shelter, and hold.
All students are trained in the Standard Response Protocol K12 Extended developed by the “I Love U Guys” foundation.
Posters are in every classroom, and parent information is available in the Student Handbook and on the district website.
STOP THE BLEED TRAINING
DISD employees are trained in Stop the Bleed, basic actions to stop life threatening bleeding, and Stop the Bleed kits are
located at all district facilities.
STUDENT DRILLS (Mandatory)
The following drills are required: fire drills(obstructed/unobstructed) as required by our municipalities, secure drill (1),
lockdown drill (1 per semester), evacuation drill (1), shelter-in-place for hazmat drill (1), shelter for severe weather drill
(1), and hold (1). Campuses must schedule these required drills prior to the start of the school year.
ANONYMOUS BULLYING/THREAT REPORTING
DISD contracts 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. Information about P3 Campus is available on each campus website.
Anonymous tips are available to administrators and law enforcement.
INTERNAL MEDIA MONITORING
DISD has a contract with Gaggle to monitor district internal digital media including Google mail and Google Drive in real
time for inappropriate content, threats, bullying, and suicidal ideation.
CISCO DUO MFA (Multi Factor Authentication)
Starting in September, we are implementing a new security solution that adds an extra layer of protection, enhances
security, and prevents phishing attacks. It will require an app-based verification method to safeguard sensitive data.
This cybersecurity program provides advanced thread protection, detection, and response to guard against potential
Mental and Behavioral Health
DISD GATOR WELLNESS CENTER
The Gator Wellness Center is a holistic approach dedicated to the mental and emotional wellness of students, families,
and staff. The GWC is located at McAdams Junior High and is available by appointment. Amy Cmaidalka, Social
Emotional Learning Specialist, oversees the Center and provides training and materials for DISD staff and families.
DISD 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.
The district employs two social workers to assist students and families in need throughout the district.
CERTIFIED SCHOOL COUNSELORS
DISD employs 26 professional school counselors to meet students’ counseling needs.
The district employs eight diagnosticians, who oversee the assessment and evaluation of students with learning
difficulties or disabilities. Their primary responsibility is to conduct comprehensive assessments to identify and
understand students’ unique learning needs, challenges, and strengths.
LICENSED PROFESSIONAL COUNSELORS (LPC)
DISD has two LPCs responsible for providing Counseling as a Related Educational Service to students who receive Special
Educational Services and Supports through an ARD or 504 committee.
SCHOOL PSYCHOLOGISTS (formerly – LSSP – Licensed Specialists in School Psychology)
The district employees nine school psychologists who 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
COMMUNITIES IN SCHOOLS
DISD has Student Support Specialists through a partnership with Communities in School - Bay Area to provide services
for at-risk students. A CIS Support Specialist is located at every DISD campus. Two CIS Support Specialists are located at
Dickinson High School.
MENTAL HEALTH COMMUNITY PARTNERSHIPS
Family Service Center of Galveston County –DISD has five mental health counselors to provide mental health
counseling support to students and families.
UTMB Texas Child Health Access Through Telemedicine (TCHATT) – This organization offers school-based
telemedicine service that provides access to behavioral health services. UTMB also provides the Youth Aware of
Mental Health (YAM) program for grades 7-12.
Gulf Coast Center – This organization supports campuses with crisis response, care coordination, substance
abuse treatment, and suicide prevention.
DePelchin – This organization supports families with parenting support and training.
Innovative Alternatives – This organization provides free counseling to students and families that qualify.
Families are provided with Innovative Alternatives information if they are a survivor or witness of a crime or any
kind of abuse.
Community Health Network – This partnership provides medical, OB/GYN, psychiatric, counseling, dental, and
3 Strands Global/Project Protect Our Children – This organization provides training and curriculum for human
trafficking awareness and prevention.
Every elementary, middle, and junior high campus has one professional educator who has received specialized training
to serve as a behavior coach. Dickinson High School has three behavior coaches. We also have several self-contained
behavior units for students who need this level of support. All behavior coach staff are trained annually and certified in non-violent crisis intervention with the philosophy of providing the best “care, welfare, safety, and security” for students
exhibiting crisis behaviors. All behavior coaches are also trained in trauma-informed care and mental health awareness.
NONVIOLENT CRISIS INTERVENTION TRAINERS
DISD has certified instructors who provide training in nonviolent crisis intervention.
Bay Area Council on Drug Awareness provides health-related information and training on drugs and alcohol.
SUICIDE AWARENESS AND PREVENTION
Hope SQUAD’s, a school-based, peer-to-peer suicide prevention program will be implemented on middle school,
junior high, and high school campuses.
The American Foundation for Suicide Prevention, Gizmo’s Awesome Guide to Mental Health program, will be
implemented on elementary campuses.
GATOR HOPE CLINIC
DISD serves as the intern site for UTMB medical doctors as part of their rotation. Doctors are present on our campus
monthly and provide assessment and other services.
Relational and Instructional
M.I. Lewis Social Service Center provides food, school supplies, and other necessities to our students and
families throughout the year.
Bay Area Assistance League provides clothing for students in need through Operation School Bell.
Galveston County Food Bank provides weekend food provisions for identified families.
UTMB provides consultation and diagnostic assistance to the Special Programs Assistance Team.
CAMPUS BEHAVIORAL PROGRAMS
Positive Behavior Interventions and Supports (PBIS) is a framework for support schools practice to promote a
safe school setting by supporting social, learning, behavioral, and emotional needs of all students. With PBIS,
schools teach students about behavior expectations and strategies. The focus of PBIS is prevention, not
Restorative Practices – DISD works with National Educators for Restorative Practices to provide training for
teachers utilizing a relationship-first approach and practical techniques to proactively strengthen, support, and
Safe & Civil Schools – Several campuses have 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 to the behavioral expectation rather than create an indictment on the
student. Misbehavior is treated as an opportunity to teach replacement behaviors.
Advancement Via Individual Determination (AVID) program mentors at DHS, KJH, DJH, and MJH provide weekly
academic tutoring. AVID teaches critical thinking skills and supports student success through engaging, rigorous,
and student-centered learning.
Higher Up Texas (HUT) works with students at Dickinson High School enrolled in AVID, CTE Health Science, and
CTE Auto Tech programs. HUT is provided two hours per week and teaches the tools and skills needed for
adulthood. After HUT students graduate high school, they continue into HUT 2, a support system for navigating
adulthood and its challenges.
Communities in Schools (CIS) provides their GROW Mentor Program with students they case manage.
• Military – DHS has promoted the presence of military recruiters on the campus on a weekly basis.
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