Prevention

Prevention Through People

Current Status:

Clear Creek ISD has two full-time Galveston County Sheriff School Liaison Officers (SLO) at each comprehensive high school, one at Clear View High School, and one at Clear Path High School. Each of the ten intermediate schools have one full-time SLO and these officers also patrol elementary schools. After the Parkland, Florida shooting in February, CCISD added a security monitor to each high school to solely patrol the exterior building.

Recommendations:

  • Add 15 SLOs to the CCISD security force which will bring comprehensive high schools to three full-time officers and intermediate schools to two SLO officers per campus. The second intermediate SLO will also patrol elementary schools and ensures intermediate schools are always covered with a minimum of one officer.
  • Establish or expand community policing and outreach programs such as DARE and Watch D.O.G.S. to foster law enforcement relationships and provide an additional layer of security at the elementary schools.

Current Status:

Clear Creek ISD has a strong student counselor program at all levels. The committee received a comprehensive outline of the people, programs and needs in the area of student support and bullying prevention. View the presentation here.

Recommendations:

  • Increase the number of student support counselors at the high school level and implement a student support counselor program at each intermediate school.
  • 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.
Read the committee discussion on counseling support »



Prevention Through Improved Facilities

Current Status:

Through a series of community-supported bond programs, the District has fortified schools throughout the school district. Such efforts include perimeter fencing at all elementary schools, secured vestibules with buzzer entry at all schools, bullet/shatter resistant film in entry ways, updated surveillance cameras, technology upgrades to support monitoring of school activity. View the presentation here.

Recommendations:

  • Ensure all classroom doors can be locked from both sides.
  • Increase the number of controlled access points.
  • Decrease the number of uncontrolled access points.
  • Replace obsolete cameras in campuses and on buses.
  • Increase staff access to panic buttons and develop strict protocols for use.
  • Evaluate and install bullet/shatter resistant film on windows and doors in strategic locations.
  • Ensure school liaison officers and area police dispatch centers can access security cameras remotely.
  • Develop individual site plans, utilizing technology, to ensure exterior doors are not ajar during school times.
Read the committee discussions on facility improvements »



Prevention Through Safety Training

Current Status:

The school district employs a full-time Safe Schools Director who is skilled in emergency response, prevention techniques, and logistical training. The school district currently exceeds all state requirements for school safety training. The committee learned of the training currently in place.

Recommendations:

  • Conduct at a minimum, one Lockdown and one Hold drill per semester. (A minimum of 4 drills per year)
  • Conduct drills during random times of the school day so that staff and students know what to do during passing periods.
  • Train all substitutes on each emergency protocol and require demonstration of proficiency annually.
  • Implement tabletop emergency scenario training for staff to be conducted four times a year during faculty meetings.
  • Develop training information specifically for parents, in multiple languages, on all CCISD Emergency Protocols.
  • Train all staff on basic life saving techniques every two years.
  • Offer volunteer lifesaving training courses for students before or after school.
  • Expand Mental Health First-Aid training offerings to staff, substitutes, students and parents.

Click here to view the committee's discussion on safety training »



Prevention Through Safety Protocols

Recommendations:

As part of the committee's work on safety training and emergency planning, the group identified areas within safety protocols that should be addressed. Specifically:

  • Develop student-centered plans for self-contained special education classrooms and communicate such plans to parents annually.
  • Address conflicting actions between a fire drill and lockdown drill so that students and staff know what to do in the event of a fire alarm during a Lockdown or Hold.Create a reunification process for students and staff who leave a campus in an emergency.
  • Expand existing campus emergency plans to include after hours activities.
  • Develop safety protocols for students who may be outside or not in room in an emergency.
  • Establish safety plans for students and staff with medical needs.
  • Develop a written policy for staff, limiting the use of cell phones and electronic devices until an all-clear is given.
  • Request, via legislative efforts, a reduction in the required fire drills to allow for more time for other emergency drills.



Prevention Through Policy

Current Status:

CCISD has many policies and procedures to address student discipline, school threats and weapons, and other student-related issues. The committee recommends the District strictly enforce existing policies, procedures, and protocols as well as consider the following changes:

Recommendations:

  • Strengthen dress code policy to address safety, not just modesty concerns.
  • Require students and staff to wear identification badges at all times on intermediate and high school campuses.
  • Reduce discretionary language from CCISD policies to ensure consistent application.

Clear Backpack Committee Statement

The CCISD School Safety Committee could not reach consensus on a clear backpack policy at this time due to the timing of the committee and the start of the school year, realities that students can still hide prohibited items in the backpack, concern of weight of school contents and durability of plastic backpacks, student privacy, and lack of evidence that such a program would deter a motivated individual from causing harm.

Committee members discussed that the implementation of a clear backpack program would provide an added layer of security for administrators, provide a visible reminder of school safety, and could deter students from bringing prohibited items such as a weapon or tobacco. The committee discussed the range of a clear backpack program such as would it extend to gym bags, lunch bags, purses, instruments and large zipper binders, etc.

The group cannot make a recommendation for or against clear backpacks at this time.


Prevention Through Student Wellness

Current Status:

The Clear Creek Independent School District has a comprehensive character education program and counseling program. In addition to the recommendations in the area of mental wellness training, additional counseling support mentioned in this report, the committee recommends:

Recommendations:

  • 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.





Prevention Through Communications

Current Status:

CCISD's Office of Communications handles all emergency communications for the school district. The committee learned the school district was moving to a more systems approach with regards to the types of communications that would be created for each type of emergency situation. This system would be based on a new standard of terminology of Lock Out, Lockdown, Shelter, Evacuate and Hold. Each protocol has a standard response and communication. The committee also learned of the significant challenges the District faces with social media, pranks and threats, and how these issues tie up a significant amount of time for campus administrators and police as they must investigate each instance. Click here to see the presentationprovided to the committee. (Communications is towards the end)

Recommendations:

  • Create a CCISD emergency app and website to share current security status, emergency protocols, and pertinent school safety information.
  • Implement a school-wide and community-wide information campaign, outlining the criminal, legal and disciplinary consequences of creating and sharing threats or rumors of threats.
  • Clearly communicate code of conduct violations and consequences to parents and students.
  • Develop graduated threat levels and post on the District's communication platforms.

Click here to view the committee's discussion on communications »



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