Alvin ISD Community,
As we prepare for the start of the school year on August 16, it is important that you are aware of the work that has occurred to ensure the safety of our students and staff. Alvin ISD administrators and law enforcement leadership have worked all summer to review and revise our campus emergency and security plans. We have examined our security measures internally and had several outside law enforcement experts do the same. The review and recommendations were discussed in detail with our School Safety Advisory Committee made up of parents, community leaders, and volunteers who have expertise in many areas including emergency management, medical, and mental health. Alvin ISD is currently in the process of training all campus administrators, teachers and staff on updates to the emergency response protocols and the importance of adhering to safety and security guidelines as a result of our comprehensive review. These changes will be instituted at your child’s campus and will be practiced regularly.
We are implementing a Standard Response Protocol (SRP) into our school safety plan for the 2018-2019 school year. This SRP is being adopted by emergency managers, law enforcement agencies, school and district administrators and emergency medical services across the country. It is an enhancement to the current school safety plan and designed to provide consistent, clear, shared language and actions among all students, staff and first responders. We encourage you to review the Standard Response Protocol at www.alvinisd.net/safety and pay particular attention to the following terms:
These terms, and the associated response, will be utilized throughout Alvin ISD and will be included in parent communication as various scenarios arise. It is important that you, as parents, also understand the processes associated with the terms.
ADDITIONAL MEASURES TAKEN
- The Board of Trustees has authorized additional law enforcement manpower for Alvin ISD campuses. You will notice an increased law enforcement presence on our campuses daily. (This will be accomplished by expanding the full time Alvin ISD Police Force and partnering with officers from multiple neighboring law enforcement agencies.)
- We have inspected and verified our physical security systems and made upgrades where appropriate.
- The Alvin ISD Police Department participated in updated training on best practices for reporting and response strategies for an active shooter.
- Alvin ISD is installing and testing a “lockdown” emergency notification system that will be deployed to every facility (or campus) in the district.
- Our Counselors and special programs professionals will intervene and offer broadened assistance for social, emotional, and psychological issues and support.
- Alvin ISD is actively supporting the, “See Something, Say Something” campaign as it relates to safety and security. (See below)
- Each campus leadership team engaged in a process focused on evaluating the caring, supportive, and
nurturing environment provided to each student, and intentional action steps were identified to improve the campus climate.
- The formal Alvin ISD School Safety Advisory Committee will continue to work throughout the year to evaluate possibilities to improve processes and implement additional measures that will provide students and staff with the highest levels of security.
- The Alvin ISD Board of Trustees has authorized the hiring of non-ISD police officers to work our (18) elementary campuses on a contract (extra-job) basis. The hours will be 7:15am-3:45pm, Monday through Friday. Officers interested in working this extra job should contact Chessa Gesch, firstname.lastname@example.org or Sgt. Ellen Stark, email@example.com 281-245-2967.
[Please note that all preventative measures are not shared
due to the sensitive nature of the information.]
Please be assured that Alvin ISD continues to take safety and security very seriously. We will continue to be vigilant for any opportunity to improve our policies and procedures and we ask for your input through our “Let’s Talk” platform that can be accessed here: www.alvinisd.net/letstalk. Every suggestion will be read and formally considered. Thank you for your ongoing partnership with Alvin ISD.
In Alvin ISD, the safety of our schools is paramount. We know that students and parents
are our first line of defense for reporting unusual activity or safety concerns.
Please let a teacher, school administrator, or the Alvin ISD Police Department (281) 331-2320
know if you see or hear anything of a concerning nature. If you believe it is an emergency, call 911.
Thank you for helping to keep our schools and community safe!