SAFETY & SECURITY INFORMATION
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:
- To ensure the safety of our students and staff.
- 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.
STUDENT-PARENT REUNIFICATION PROCESS
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.
The district communicates with parents in the following ways:
- School Messenger Phone Call System: AISD will send emergency phone messages to parents and staff members.
- 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.