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HCISD Safety 

 

HCISD is continuously updating its comprehensive safety plan. This plan is made up of many layers that when combined with detailed protocols and procedures, work together to create a culture of safety within our schools. 

Infrastructure:

Security Fencing at All Campuses

  • Designed and configured depending on campus layout.
  • One of various security layers that reinforces the outer perimeters as well as directing visitor traffic to designated controlled access points to each campus.

Controlled Access Visitor Entry Points

  • Campus visitor doors are equipped with Card Reader Access Control technology.
  • Visitor video enabled call boxes assist in verifying authorized guests prior to entry.

Exterior and Interior Camera Surveillance Systems

  • External cameras installed at all campuses for enhanced surveillance of exterior spaces.
  • Security video recordings capture any activity during school hours as well as after-hours.
  • Ongoing assessment to determine best placement, monitoring, and/or upgrades/replacements.

First Responder Key Access 

  • Emergency access master keys to be supplied to local law enforcement

Safety Screening of All Visitors

  • Software solution installed at all instructional campuses.
  • Screening of all visitors against the Tx DPS Sex Offender Registry.
  • Custom alerts can also be programmed as need by campus administrators.

Automatic Locking Doors 

  • All campus classrooms have been equipped with self-locking doors.
  • Case studies and research has found that the simple act of having a locked classroom door is a proven and effective measure to enhance safety for students and staff, in the event of an active threat.

Mental Health:

Safe and Supportive Schools Program

  • Behavioral Threat Assessment and Management provides an evidence-based approach toward identifying students or other individuals who pose a threat, intervening with appropriate resources, and ultimately improving the safety and well-being of the individual of concern and all concerned.
  • HCISD has established Threat Assessment Teams to review and assess any identified threatening behavior to determine level of concern and any appropriate interventions.
  • The key focus is early intervention as a coordinated effort involving a multi-disciplinary team approach; not only to identify threats, but to also provide needed mental health support for students in need of these resources.

Counseling Services Available Year-Round

  • Crisis intervention and counseling services are provided by HCISD Counselors at all campuses.
  • Summer mental health counseling services are also made available to all students.
  • LPC services are available to students after hours.

Character Education Curriculum

  • QuaverEd at elementary level
  • Character Strong at secondary level

STOPit - Anonymous bullying and suspicious activity reporting app

  • Anti-Bullying application allows students and community members to anonymously report safety or misconduct concerns to help others.
  • Application also helps to connect the user with a Crisis Counselor for mental health support services.

Handle with Care Program - Trauma support system for children

  • Is a collaboration between local law enforcement and HCISD to ensure that students exposed to adverse childhood experiences at home or outside of school setting receive trauma-informed supports services when they return to the educational environment.

Social workers available to all students

  • Tropical Texas Behavioral Health
  • Palms Behavioral Health

Crisis Management:

Standard Response Protocol (SRP) - Organized response to situations

  • TxSSC recommended best practice safety protocol system for standardized campus response actions to emergency situations.
  • SRP has been shared with local first responders in order to facilitate a comprehensive and coordinated emergency response plan.

Standard Reunification Method

  • Account for everyone- teachers and staff confirm status and location of themselves and students.
  • First responders and other authorized users know each student and staff condition and location during an emergency.
  • Reunification – safely reunifying students with approved guardians.

Raptor Drill Manager System: Hold, Secure, Lockdown, Shelter, Evacuate, Fire Drill Trainings

School Resource Officers/ School Officers

  • HCISD has adopted a blended approach to provide security and/or SRO presence at District campuses.
  • All School Resource Officers and In-house security staff receive training specifically structured for the school-based environment.
  • HCISD is continuing to assess overall program for any needed modifications or improvements.

Stop the Bleed/ Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs) Stations

  • These emergency first aid systems have been installed at each HCISD campus.
  • Training is provided to staff on a recurring annual basis.

Safety and Security Audits

  • Mandated by State Statute
  • Completed every 3 years
  • Covers all educational and support facilities
  • Partnership with Region One Consultant

Communications:

Cameron County Emergency Management

  • Regular meetings involving emergency management and first responders from Cameron County region.

Local First Responder Coordination Meetings

  • Harlingen Police Department
  • Primera Police Department
  • Combes Police Department
  • Harlingen Fire Department

Parent Guardian Notification System (Blackboard communications)

  • SRP Activation Notifications
  • Student and Curriculum Updates

HCISD Website (www.hcisd.org)

  • “For Parents” webpage
  • STOPit App

Campus radio system

District-wide employee training

New for 2022-2023:

Security Camera Monitoring Center

Increased armed presence at campuses

Mobile patrol units to monitor the exterior of campuses 

Daily interior and exterior door sweeps

Hiring of student wellness counselors 

Direct crisis alerts to all staff 

Increased safety audits of campuses 

Continued training of all staff

For more information, visit www.hcisd.org/safety 

 
 
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