Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Do you have a safe place for students who are in the hallway or bathroom when there is a lockdown?
A: During a lockdown, teachers and staff are instructed to quickly scan the surrounding area, including hallways and bathrooms, prior to locking the classroom door. Students who are in a bathroom or hallway during a lockdown situation are advised to barricade themselves as best as possible using their surrounding resources until a law enforcement official gives the all clear.



Q: Are the 15 officers per school?
A: Per the committee’s recommendation, each of the district’s ten intermediate campuses will receive an additional officer, bringing the total to two per intermediate. This additional intermediate officer will also patrol elementary schools. Additionally, one officer will be added to each of the district’s five comprehensive high schools: Clear Brook, Clear Creek, Clear Falls, Clear Lake and Clear Springs.


Q: Are the additional officers full-time?
A: Yes, the additional officers are full-time.


Q: Will the 15 additional officers be all the time in the school?
A: The second intermediate school officer will also patrol elementary schools in the area. The additional high school officer will be positioned at the high school. 


Q: Will the extra officers be a temporary measure or permanent?
A: They will be permanent.

Q: Will the proposed CCISD emergency app be a platform for students to report concerns?
A: Yes

Q: What is the difference between a lockdown drill and a hold drill?
A: 
During the 2017-2018 school year, CCISD campuses participated in the following drills:
Fire Evacuation
Protect/Shelter Place
Lockdown Drill

Beginning in the 2018-2019 school year, CCISD will use the following drill system:
Fire Evacuation
Lockout/Lockdown Drill
Shelter/Hold

During a lockdown drill, all doors lock immediately. All lights turn off. Students and staff hide. Everyone remains quiet. During a hold drill, students remain in the classroom. Doors are locked and instruction continues. Hallways are cleared.



Q: What are the specifics on a lockout, lockdown, shelter, evacuate and hold?

A: A Lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building. Whether it's due to violence or criminal activity in the immediate neighborhood, or a dangerous animal in the playground, Lockout uses the security of the physical facility to act as protection. The Lockout Protocol demands bringing students into a secure building, locking all outside access points. Where possible, classroom activities would continue uninterrupted. Classes that were held outside, such as gym class, would return to the building and if possible, continue class inside the building. There may be occasions where students expect to be able to leave the building - end of classes, job commitment, etc. Depending on the condition, this may have to be delayed until the area is safe. During the training period, it should be emphasized to students as well as their parents that they may be inconvenienced by these directives, but their cooperation is important to ensure their safety.

A Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building. From parental custody disputes to intruders to an active shooter, Lockdown uses classroom and school security actions to protect students and staff from threat. The Lockdown Protocol demands locking individual classroom doors, offices and other securable areas, moving room occupants out of line of sight of corridor windows and having room occupants maintain silence. There is no call to action to lock the building outside access points.

Shelter is called when specific protective actions are needed based on a threat or hazard, such as a tornado, earthquake or hazmat. The Texas School Safety Center website contains guidance resources for actions associated with severe weather and other threats. Collaboration with local responders, the national weather service, and other local, regional and state resources should be consulted in developing specific actions for your district response.

Evacuate is called when there is a need to move students from one location to another. The Evacuate Protocol demands students and staff move in an orderly fashion.

A Hold is called in situations that require students to remain in their classrooms. For example, an altercation in the hallway may demand keeping students out of the halls until it is resolved. There may be a need for students who are not in a classroom to proceed to an area where they can be supervised and remain safe. Students and teachers are to remain in their classroom, even if there is a scheduled class change, until the all clear is announced. It is suggested that prior to locking the classroom door, teachers should rapidly sweep the hallway for nearby students. Additionally, teachers should take attendance, note the time, and conduct business as usual. 

Q: Will there be a separate alarm installed in schools that is different than current fire alarms, something specifically to alert others of a gunman?
A: This is under consideration by CCISD administration.


Q: What are the specifics of the life saving techniques?
A: The following life saving techniques are currently utilized by CCISD:

  • CPR – Nursing staff, SLOs, coaches, etc.
  • AED Defibrillators – Nurses and coaches trained
  • Basic First Aid: Shock, Heat Stress/Heat Exhaustion, Litter carry, Recovery Position
  • Stop the Bleed (purchase of kits completed): Gunshot wound treatment, Tourniquet application, Triage


Q: Will the life saving techniques be offered/required for staff? Substitutes?
A: Currently, Crisis Prevention Institute (CPI) training is offered for CCISD substitutes. This training includes de-escalation techniques and responding to crisis for selected substitutes. The 8-hour training for all new hires includes, student management, emergency evacuations, reporting crisis, discipline, etc.  Existing substitutes are also required to attend an 8-hour update.

The committee recommends training all staff on basic life saving techniques every two years and expanding Mental Health First-Aid training offerings to staff, substitutes, students and parents. The committee also recommends training all substitutes on each emergency protocol and require demonstration of proficiency annually.


Q: Will CCISD consider implementing a hotline to call to report concerns?
A: Yes 


Q: Concerning metal detectors, why not stagger arrival times, so that students don’t have to wait so long?
A: Due to the current start times of our campuses, further staggering arrival times would force students to arrive at school excessively early.


Q: Would CCISD consider placing Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) in all schools since their training is more in-depth with student behavior and mental health?
A: The safety committee did explore how to best utilize LPCs as a collaborative resource to be used in conjunction with current district counseling staff. The recommendation was made to further investigate the need for additional Licensed Professional Counselors to support student needs.


Q: I would like to see more counselors and much more emphasis on student wellness.
A: The safety committee made the following recommendations concerning counselors and student wellness: 

Counselors

  • Increase the number of student support counselors at the high school level and implement a student support counselor program at each intermediate school.
    (The 15 additional student support counselors will focus solely on student mental health and wellness.)
  • Investigate the need for additional Licensed Professional Counselors (LPCs) to support student needs.
  • Create a counselor to student ratio commensurate with the state average of 450:1.
  • Increase mental health consultants and partnerships with agencies.


Student Wellness

  • Implement Social Emotional Learning (SEL) and Positive Behavior Interventions and Support (PBIS) curricula.
  • Implement a standard mental health check-in as part of the school counselor academic advisement sessions in grades 6-12.


Q: Why not go completely digital and eliminate backpacks all together?
A: Our ultimate goal is to reduce the items in a backpack through our 1:1 technology initiative. We are just not there yet.



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