The following message was emailed to parents and staff the evening of Tuesday, May 24.
Today, tragedy struck a Texas school district, taking the lives of at least 14 students and one teacher and injuring others. The events in Uvalde are truly devastating and sadden us all.
We know situations like these often lead to questions about Frisco ISD’s safety practices. Even though schools are closed for summer break, we want to share the proactive measures Frisco ISD has implemented in an effort to maintain safe and secure learning environments for our students and staff.
In 2018, Frisco ISD hired a full-time emergency manager to oversee hazard and risk assessment, emergency operations plan development, overall district preparedness and other duties and tasks related to incident response and recovery. This position, as well as our Director of Security, works closely with local law enforcement, fire-rescue and emergency management organizations to ensure the District is able to appropriately prepare for, respond to and recover from emergencies affecting FISD students, staff and families.
Frisco ISD has a number of safety features and practices in place on each campus to help prevent and mitigate incidents. These include, but are not limited to:
- Security cameras and double-door, keyless entry systems with single access points
- Access control systems that screen visitors for entry
- Criminal background checks on all employees, volunteers and contractors who work on District property
- Crisis management plans and teams at each campus
- Regular safety drills and training for staff
- School resource officers on secondary campuses, with middle school officers also responsible for two to three elementary schools
- Radio communication for administrators and staff
- Full-time nurses at each campus
- STOPit anonymous online tip-line
- Regular, unannounced security audits
Additionally, Situational Awareness for Emergency Response (S.A.F.E.R.) is an innovative partnership with the City of Frisco that gives police, firefighters and emergency responders live access to cameras inside and outside all Frisco ISD schools, including those in Plano, McKinney and Little Elm. Should an emergency occur, first responders have immediate access to campus floor plans, photos, contact information and much more from inside their squad cars, fire trucks and ambulances. This knowledge would be critical in an actual emergency, giving personnel the ability to plan and prepare in real-time, identify the best way to address the situation and minimize any damage. S.A.F.E.R. drills are held annually between school staff and members of the Frisco fire and police departments to help coordinate prevention and response activities. Watch this recent video from the City of Frisco to learn more.
Frisco ISD has also adopted the Standard Response Protocol (SRP), a nationally-recognized, proven methodology that ensures a uniform response by faculty, staff and students to school-based emergencies. The protocol allows for a predictable series of actions as an incident unfolds. The SRP is based upon five actions: Secure, Lockdown, Evacuate, Shelter and Hold. Each action provides specific staff and student directives that are unique to the action.