FISD Proactively Addresses Campus Safety and Security

Written by FISD Communications

Director of the Emergency Management Department Jon Bodie presented to the Board of Trustees at the Regular Board Meeting on March 6 the findings of the Intruder Detection Audits in Frisco ISD in both closed and open sessions.

Intruder Detection Audit visits began in August following a June 2022 directive by Governor Abbott in response to the tragedy at Robb Elementary in Uvalde, Texas. The purpose of the state Intruder Detection Audits is to assess the ability of a state inspector to gain entry to schools through exterior entry points.

Before this directive, Frisco ISD consistently implemented several measures to ensure campuses effectively prepare for, respond to and recover from incidents and emergencies of all types.

In accordance with the Texas Education Code, Frisco ISD coordinates annual safety & security audit visits conducted by a third-party auditor, a process that also includes a separate check of exterior doors by a local police agency.    

As of March 6, 2023, the Texas School Safety Center has conducted an Intruder Detection Audit at almost half of all FISD campuses. 

As required, Intruder Detection Audit results were provided directly to the Board during an Executive Session on March 6 and during an Executive Session of the district Safety & Security Committee meeting on Feb. 22.

While parents and community members are likely interested in the details of the audit results, the state has indicated it is in the best interest of the students that school districts not share this information with the broader public, as it could lead to compromising important campus security information. 

Frisco ISD Safety and Security Practices

The District has several safety features and practices on each campus to help prevent and mitigate incidents. These include, but are not limited to: 

  • Lessons on how and to whom you would report any safety concerns

  • Lessons related to social and emotional skills that help prevent peer conflict and violence

  • Staff development and support for addressing safety concerns

  • 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

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