Plains ISD details new safety, security measures for new school year

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Updated: Aug. 22, 2018 at 3:25 PM CDT
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Provided by Plains ISD

In the 2017-2018 school year, in conjunction with the Yoakum County Sheriffs Department, TxDPS' Highway Patrol Division, Yoakum County Justice of the Peace, Plains EMS, Plains Volunteer Fire Department, and the Yoakum County Criminal District Attorney's Office, the Plains ISD's Administration and Operations Department teamed up to hold a series of roundtable discussions about the safety and security of Plains ISD.

The results of these discussions were as follows:

• Clearer lines of communication between all parties.

• A collaborated voice, allowing input and clarification on the Plains ISD Emergency Plan and Procedures.

• Tabletop Exercises, specific discussion-based sessions for our roundtable group to discuss their roles during an emergency and their responses to particular emergency situations.

• Vertical alignment of roles and responsibilities from all first responders in the event of an emergency.

• Continuation of the roundtable discussions into the 2018-2019 school year.

• To increase LEA presence, local officers are welcome to a free lunch, snacks, coffee, and a place to do paperwork in district facilities.

Additionally, the Plains ISD Board approved a measure to help safeguard the students.

This summer a restoration project has been in the works for the physical access management system; doors and security system software and hardware district wide.

This project includes such measures as:

• Updated hardware to guarantee the 100+ video cameras continually survey the district allowing for playback and real-time monitoring.

• Push button lock down devices at strategic locations throughout the building to lock down the 200+ individual automated doors in the district.

• Admin users with the ability to receive up-to-date alerts of the door system from their personal electronic devices.

In order to parallel these efforts in a comprehensive safety plan, we have joined the Texas Tech University Health Science Center's Telemedicine, Wellness, Intervention, Triage, and Referral (TWITR) project.

This program will provide our students and staff access to a comprehensive resource and training service as listed below.

• Leverages telemedicine services to intervene with junior high through high school students who are at risk for injury or harm to others or themselves in school settings.

• Students are identified and screened for risk-based behaviors in schools then provided psychiatric services by TTUHSC Psychiatry over a telemedicine link.

• Two telemedicine psychiatry sessions are provided through the project with students needing additional psychiatric services then incorporated into the TTUHSC Psychiatry Clinic.

• Response to intervention is measured in terms of changes in grades, truancy referrals, and discipline referrals in the schools. Furthermore, we have employed two programs that allow students and staff the ability to report suspicious activity.

• We have teamed with TxDPS to implement the iWATCH Texas reporting system. This is a Texas based suspicious activity reporting network, that allows our employees to report any concerns they may have related to potential threats to the safety and security of school, students, or faculty members. Protecting our students, faculty and schools requires everyone's support. By alerting the proper authorities to incidents that concern our employees, they can take steps towards preventing, rather than reacting to school violence.

• We are continuing our Stay Alert program through Edwards Risk Management. This program offers our students an avenue to anonymously report; bullying, acts of violence.harassment, drugs/alcohol use and other unsafe behaviors, which they may be experiencing.

We appreciate the efforts of our Board, staff, community, TxDPS, the Yoakum County Sheriffs Department, Yoakum county representatives, and Edwards Risk Management, as it is a necessity for all stakeholders to work together in harmony to ensure the safety and security of our students.