Our condolences to the victims at Marjory Stoneman Douglas HS
We extend our heartfelt condolences to all those impacted by the tragedy at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida last week.
Salado ISD has implemented many proactive measures regarding student and staff safety. Safety is our top priority.
We installed a system that enables office staff to observe visitors through the security camera prior to electronically opening the door. This has also enables us to keep all building doors locked during school hours.
We follow guidelines from the Texas State School Safety Center in determining safety procedures and protocols. Our district has an emergency plan in place and we conduct fire drills, tornado drills, evacuation drills, and lockdown drills on a regular basis. Our employees participated in Standard Response Protocol Training prior to the start of this school year and we will be doing additional training later this year.
We have increased the quantity and quality of our security cameras monitoring our campuses and parking lots. Our district partners with the Salado Police Department, Bell County Sherriff’s Department and Bell County Constable to provide an additional layer of monitoring to support school personnel in addressing school safety concerns. The Bell County Sherriff’s Special Weapons And Tactics (SWAT) team conducted active shooter drills at Salado High School last month.
We conduct criminal background checks of all school district employees and volunteers. We now perform those background checks through the Texas Department of Public Safety instead of a third party company so we receive more detailed information than what is available through public criminal records.
We continue to value the parent and community partnerships in making our schools safe for students and staff. Our students and parents play a vital role in the safety and security of our students and in preventing tragedies. Someone often has first-hand knowledge of warning signs prior to a tragedy occurring. We encourage everyone to report any concerns, including comments or pictures posted on social media. We have a reporting system in which anonymous tips can be reported via text message, e-mail, phone, or by accessing a secure website. This system is called “Safe Schools Alert” and is available at https://saladoisd-tx.safeschoolsalert.com/ or through the link at the bottom left of our www.saladoisd.org district website.
We are hosting Social Media Awareness Seminar on Thursday, March 1, 2018, at 6:30 p.m. The seminar will be held in the Salado High School cafeteria and will feature guest speakers from the Bell County Sheriff’s Department. The program will include important information aimed at educating parents and students on the current trends and laws related to social media issues involving teenagers.
We will continue to look for ways to increase the safety and security for all of our students and employees.