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Partnerships at Core of Campus Safety and Well-Being

Aug 28, 2019

Frisco ISD is developing a Community-Based Accountability System (CBAS) with the help of community members and staff. Each Wednesday through October 2, the District will provide information about each of the seven CBAS pillars. A catalog of these pillars can be found on the CBAS website as they are published.

CBAS Mission Circle.The District strives to ensure students are educated in an environment that is safe, secure and conducive to learning. This includes both physical safety and the social-emotional needs of each student.

With the Community-Based Accountability System (CBAS), the Safety and Well-Being pillar considered community feedback on what is most valuable to parents and students. The District strives to communicate with stakeholders what they want to know regarding topics that are important to the community for ultimate accountability. 

Suzanne Fouad served on the Safety and Well-Being sub-committee as a community member.

“In today's world, parents, educators, and students need reassurance that school districts are in a partnership with the community to meet the emotional needs of students as well as keep them safe,” Fouad said. “This pillar will provide tangible feedback on how Frisco ISD is not only meeting that goal but also going above and beyond by implementing the latest technology related to safety and security, working closely with law enforcement, as well as having a strong school counseling department.”   

“It is clear that the community and Frisco ISD value student safety,” said Jon Bodie, emergency manager for the District. “Accountability to our community and students is foremost.” 

Close collaboration with local community first responder agencies and the implementation of advanced security technologies form the foundation of the District’s approach to safety and physical security.  

Bodie’s role in the school District is also unique. It is rare for a school district to fund a full-time emergency management position, which demonstrates an unparalleled commitment to emergency preparedness by the District. Bodie conducts threat and hazard assessments,  develops emergency preparedness plans, facilitates districtwide emergency management training and provides experienced incident management during emergencies affecting the District. 

“Our goal is to meet or exceed state-mandated requirements pertaining to school-based safety, security and emergency management,” Bodie said. “By implementing a Multi-Hazard Emergency Operations Plan that is consistent with city, county and state emergency management plans we can ensure our campuses have an enhanced ability to prepare for, respond to, and recover from incidents that may affect our students and staff.” 

“Our partnership with the District is vital in maintaining situational awareness” said Jason Lane, City of Frisco deputy emergency management coordinator.  “We share information in real-time during an incident in order to coordinate emergency response actions.  We have a mutual trust that leads to shared decision-making.” 

“In Frisco ISD, students needs come first and we are never comfortable with doing the minimum,” said Dr. Stephanie Cook, managing director of guidance and counseling services. “We want to provide our students, teachers and parents tools that help prevent and manage stressful situations.”

The Frisco ISD community understands that while physical safety is important, it works hand in hand with emotional well-being.

Character Strengths from Guided Lessons.Developing Social-Emotional Skills and Prevention of Mental Health Risk Factors

Things to Know
Frisco ISD has a nationally recognized social-emotional learning (SEL) curriculum utilized by all campuses. In the interest of developing mental health factors, students across all grade levels participate in guided lessons on character strengths. This alignment helps the District to help teach positive behaviors and support students in becoming lifelong learners.

Frisco ISD staff have access to over 800 lessons created to support instruction about the protective factors for mental wellness.

Frisco ISD has increased the number of direct counseling services at the elementary and middle school campuses. They were able to do so by removing the non-counseling related tasks to other personnel.  The counseling available to students includes:

  • Academic advisement

  • Responsive services for life events and adjustments

  • Student support counseling for coping strategies, crisis and grief

  • Dual credit advisement through Collin College

There is an automated referral process to help connect parents with resources.

FISD implements the Olweus Bullying Prevention Program, a whole-school program that has been proven to prevent or reduce bullying throughout a school setting. This program is designed to improve peer relations and make schools a safe, positive place for students to learn.

The Frisco ISD community has access to the STOPit app to anonymously report cyberbullying, threats of violence and self-harm to school officials. This tool empowers students, parents, teachers and community members to proactively provide a positive school climate and safe learning environment.

100 Percent of Secondary Students Receive Mental Health Screenings.Every year, eighth and eleventh graders participate in a safe schools survey to measure diagnostic factors for anxiety and depression. The survey results drive district-wide initiatives on how to support students. The 2018-19 safe schools survey showed that middle and high school students mostly feel:

  • they have at least one adult on campus that cares about them and that they would go to if they needed help.

  • teachers encourage them to do their best.

  • they can remember how to report a bullying incident.

  • safe in school.

  • classmates and teachers are accepting of students from different races, religions and cultures.

  • they have 3 or more friends at school.

  • most stressed by their grades.

  • their parents talk to them about their grades at least occasionally.

What to Look For in 2019-20
All 42 elementary campuses will have structured brain breaks built into their 2019-20 master schedule.

A Guidance and Counseling newsletter will be sent out monthly with initiatives and events along with helpful resources for social-emotional learning and the development of the whole child. Sign up here to get parent empowerment resources such as this.

Guidance and Counseling Presentation.The District partners with the PTA on a parent education series. There were two presented last year while there are six planned for the current school year. Look for more in the G&C newsletter.

All District staff participate in annual safety and well-being online trainings:

  • Active Shooter

  • Medical Emergency Awareness and Response Guidelines

  • Diabetes Awareness

  • Life-Threatening Allergies

  • Bloodborne Pathogen Exposure Prevention

  • Student Mental Health

  • Standard Response Protocol

  • Child Abuse

  • Child Find

  • Sexual Misconduct

Safety of Students and Staff in a Secure Learning Environment

Things to Know
Frisco ISD collaborates and maintains partnerships with a number of first responder agencies including:

  • City of Frisco, City of McKinney, Town of Little Elm and City of Plano Police and Fire/EMS

  • The Collin and Denton County Department of Public Health Departments

  • Region 10 Educational Service Center

  • The American Red Cross of Collin County

These partnerships have numerous benefits including:

  • Aligned emergency preparedness and incident response technologies

  • First responder real-time visual access to the campus video feeds and floor plans via the Situational Awareness for Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) platform 

  • Routine safety and security audits including physical site assessments, reviews of campus-specific emergency operations plans and staff interviews.

  • Coordinated emergency response actions and resource support via collaborative technologies shared by the District and City leadership during times of crisis.

The District Security Department hosts monthly emergency management webinar training sessions for campus administrators and staff to ensure campuses are up to date with pertinent preparedness topics. Topics of webinars hosted during the 2018-19 school year included implementation of the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), Incident Command System (ICS) strategies and tactics, severe weather preparedness actions and use of campus-based emergency response technologies for drills and actual emergencies.

All campuses participated in Active Threat trainings hosted by Frisco Police Department during the 2018-19 school year. The scenario-based exercises hosted at each campus utilized custom content created specifically for Frisco ISD to prepare faculty and staff for active threat incidents.  The training content created by the Frisco Police Department has been locally and nationally recognized as truly unique.  

Technology
All campuses use Telecenter Critical Communications Console, a standardized tool that is connected to the intercom system with standardized messages for drills and emergencies. This standardization allows for quicker implementation of protective actions during an emergency.

doorbell_cAll elementary schools have installed a video-based entry monitoring system to facilitate controlled entry and visitor management.  Every campus utilizes Lockdown technologies that secure the building entry locations with the press of a button, while simultaneously initiating standardized emergency alerting to the campus.  And, each campus has an emergency backup communication system that can be utilized during extended power outages.  

What to Look For in 2019-20
Additional scenario-based workshops for campus crisis response teams in a continued commitment to ensure the District is prepared for a variety of emergencies.  Bi-annual trainings for campus administrators will ensure up-to-date training regarding updates to the District Emergency Operations Plan. 

What’s Next for Safety and Well-Being?

A favorite quote from this committee is John Wooden’s, ‘Little things make big things happen.’ The Safety and Well-Being Committee recognizes that their topic is constantly evolving and will continue to monitor the needs of each campus, track goals and set new goals for the physical and emotional safety of students. They also recognize that student input is extremely important. They plan to meet with student focus groups to ensure that they feel supported and to solicit feedback.

The 2018-19 Safety and Well-Being Committee worked hard to create a framework to convey the evidence of how Frisco ISD keeps students safe mentally and physically. Thank you to this team of individuals who knows that the Frisco ISD community values the safety of its students and has been gathering ideas on how to convey that to the public.

Community Members: Sarah Bodnar, Michael Elman, Suzanne Fouad, Doug Goodman, Josh Hebert, Shona Huffman, Troy Jackson, Al Rowland

Faculty Members: Jennifer Brandt, Marissa Bunn, Stephanie Cook, Kimberly Doyle, Lynda Gates, Allison Geddes, Carrie Grimes, Kevin Haller, Jason Jackson, Cory McClendon, Christena Svoboda Ojeda, Jesikah Parikh, Ashley Trammell

Click here to learn more about the background behind the Frisco ISD CBAS initiative or go to the official CBAS website where you can find information on each of the individual pillars.

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