• SAFETY & SECURITY INFORMATION

    At Abilene ISD, providing instruction in a safe and secure environment is a top priority. We appreciate the full assistance of parents. Here are some tips that, with your partnership, will help keep our students safe:

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    • Please do not drop off students before school opens unless they are meeting a coach, teacher, principal or other campus supervisor.
    • All students, staff, volunteers and parents must wear their badges in plain sight at all times when on our campuses. We appreciate your cooperation and patience when checking in at the school office and undergoing a vetting process.
    • Parents who need to reach their children during the school hours must check in at the school office. Parents and visitors should be prepared to leave their photo identification with school office staff until their visit is complete. EX: If you need to bring something to your child, please come to the front office to make arrangements. Do not meet your child at the curb or outside the school. This raises concerns for those that do not know that you are the student's parent.
    • It is important that all visitors, including parents, use the main entrance when entering the school. Using the main entrance helps the campus personnel know who is on campus while also making sure visitors go through a background check. Parents should help reinforce with their children to never open a door and let a stranger in the school building.  
    • Parents are encouraged to visit with their children about school safety and the importance of informing school officials of any safety concerns such as strangers on campus or bullying. In addition, parents can assist in creating a safe school environment by being active in their child's education and getting acquainted with campus staff including their child's teacher. The better we know each other and the more we look out for each other, the safer our campuses will be.
    • During an emergency response, AISD campus personnel will be devoting their full attention toward the safety of our students. Staff may not be in a position to immediately field incoming telephone calls and parents/guardians arriving unannounced at campus. At these times, we ask that parents/guardians refrain from telephoning the school or showing up on campus in an attempt to obtain information or to pick up your student. First responders may already be on scene and the presence of parents/guardians would divert the attention and resources of our first responders away from protecting our students. As soon as information is made available to us, we will attempt to keep parents/guardians informed through the districts regular communications resources.
                  


    ABILENE ISD - EMERGENCY GUIDE FOR PARENTS

    Information and guidelines to follow in case of a school or community emergency:

     

    Abilene Independent School District takes the safety of all students very seriously.  In the event of an emergency or disaster situation, our school has two goals:

    1. To ensure the safety of our students and staff.
    2. To ensure parents and the community are informed within a timely manner with accurate information.

    SAFETY STEPS

    Here are some of the things we are doing to keep our students safe:

    • Evacuation, reverse evacuation, severe weather, fire, shelter, and active threat drills are conducted throughout the school year.
    • Every campus has an emergency response plan in connection with our local police, fire and medical services and other responding agencies.
    • Classroom teachers and staff have been trained in our emergency response procedures to include training received from the Abilene Police and Fire Departments and there is a quick reference guide in each classroom.
    • All visitors on campus must check in, provide ID, be screened and wear a visitor badge.
    • All volunteers must go through a criminal background check. For more information on volunteering, please visit the “Parents” section of www.abileneisd.org.
    • Visitors and volunteers are required to wear their badges in plain sight at all times when on campus.
     

     

    AISD STANDARD RESPONSE PROTOCOL FOR EMERGENCIES

    In the event of an emergency, AISD campuses will utilize one or more of the following action plans.

     

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          • During a shelter response, such as a tornado, students and staff will move to the safest area inside the building. 
          • During a shelter response, we ask that parents not come to the campus until requested, as the doors will be locked and students will not be released until the incident is over. 
          • Following the emergency, the school district will work with safety officials to determine the appropriate action, such as evacuation or early dismissal. 


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    Evacuate

          • During an evacuation, students and staff will leave the building to prevent harm or injury due to an emergency inside the school, such as a fire or gas leak. 
          • If students must leave the building for safety reasons for an extended period of time, you will be contacted with information about when and where to pick up your children. See Student-Parent Reunification Process.



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    High Alert: This action will be initiated when a threat has been identified off campus, such as a fugitive trying to avoid apprehension from the police or a shooting at a nearby location.

          • Administrators and staff will ensure that all perimeter doors to the campus are secured and will move all students/staff who are outside (to include all those in portable buildings and the gym) to secure locations inside the building. 
          • Administrators and staff will be vigilant for intruders and will only admit authorized personnel.
          • Visitors will not be allowed entry into the campus until the emergency situation has been resolved and will discourage visitors from leaving.
          • School will continue as normal inside the building.
          • Administration will maintain liaison with the Abilene Police Department for updates until the emergency situation has been resolved.
          • Campus will resume normal operations once it is confirmed that the emergency situation has been resolved.



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    Active Threat: This action will be initiated to protect our students and staff when a threat has been detected inside the building, such as an unidentified intruder or a report of a gunman on campus. During an “Active Threat” AISD staff will attempt to quickly determine the most reasonable way (see options below) to protect the life of the students under their care by:

          • "Avoiding" the danger. 
          • If we are unable to "Avoid" the danger, we would then attempt to "Deny" the intruder access to our students by initiating a lockdown procedure.
          • Once access is “Denied” via lockdown, we will prepare to “Defend” our students against the danger.
     
    The details of these options are intentionally not made available in this section so as to protect the integrity of the actions that may be initiated. These actions were developed in coordination with law enforcement. AISD staff has received specialized and detailed training and guidance from the Abilene Police Department and other safety authorities in this area and statewide.

    School operations will only return to normal once the danger has been mitigated and law enforcement has cleared the building. This process will take time and will require patience on the part of all involved to include parents. If necessary, students may be taken to an alternate location for a “Controlled Release.” (See Reunification Process, form and corresponding video presentation.)




    STUDENT-PARENT REUNIFICATION PROCESS

     
    Father holding son If an emergency occurs that requires students to be removed from a campus, they will be taken to an alternate safe location. Parents will be notified of the alternate location and given instructions about picking up their child.
     
    Remember, students can only be released to a parent, legal guardian, or an adult who is listed as an emergency contact on school records, so be sure to keep that list updated.
     
    Anyone attempting to pick up a student must show proper photo identification.
     
    Please download and fill out reunification card below.
     

    COMMUNICATION

    The district communicates with parents in the following ways:

    • Schoolway Phone App: AISD will send emergency push notification messages to parents and staff members. You may download and install the Schoolway App to your mobile device. Detailed instructions on how to sign up are located under the “Parents” tab on www.abileneisd.org.
    • Email: Parents and staff members will receive email updates.
    • Website: Emergency announcements will be posted on the front page of www.abileneisd.org.
    • Local Media: via Press Release
    • Twitter: We will provide public information directly through our twitter account at www.twitter.com/abilene_isd
     

    HOW CAN YOU HELP

    • Be sure your email and phone numbers are up to date at AISD.
    • Be sure to update the contact information for the people who have your permission to pick your children up from school. The information can be updated at your child's school. 
    • Talk to your child about these procedures and let them know that the school has a plan to keep them safe.