Leander ISD focused on campus security, student safety

Leander ISD focused on campus security, student safety
Posted on 02/28/2018
Superintendent's Column

Superintendent's Column 

There is no greater priority as a superintendent, public educator or parent than the safety of our students. We work hard every day to ensure that our young people learn in secure, welcoming environments that meet their educational needs.

We constantly review our safety and communications protocols to verify that we are keeping families informed of any disruption or threat to our community. To that end, I want to mention just a few of the ways that LISD is being proactive in school safety and security.

LISD conducted an extensive safety audit in 2014 and 2015, which resulted in recommendations that this district has implemented or is implementing. For example, the report identified a need to have secure, single-point entrances at all schools, which the Board of Trustees funded for all elementary schools in the summers of 2016 and 2017 and voters approved for all middle and high schools in the Nov. 2017 bond election.

LISD partners with law enforcement agencies to cover all schools, including school resource officers at all high schools. Our SROs work with the Texas School Safety Center in San Marcos for up-to-date practices and training in school safety. LISD staff and students engage in continuous safety drills, and we utilize extensive camera systems in our schools.

LISD hired six additional counselors last year to meet the academic and emotional needs of our children. Our district also employs a behavior specialist and licensed specialists in school psychology to work with students experiencing difficult times in their lives.

Ultimately, our families and students are the best partners in keeping our schools safe. Our principals and school administrators investigate every reported tip or threat. We work with law enforcement and take quick and appropriate action, including notifying families, if there is a valid danger on campus. We ask all of our families and students to please share any information regarding school or student safety by either directly contacting a school staff member or by using our anonymous alert system at www.anonymousalerts.com/leanderisd.

Relationships are critical to successful schools. As we continue to grow, we thank you for your input and ideas. LISD will continue to collaborate with law enforcement, other school districts and our community partners in exploring new ways to improve safety and security for our campuses.