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