BISD Safety and Security Update - June 20

BISD to Double Police Force and Implement $1.6M in Added Safety Measures
Posted on 06/20/2018
This is the image for the news article titled BISD to Double Police Force and Implement $1.6M in Added Safety MeasuresMonday evening the Brazosport ISD Board members unanimously approved moving forward with numerous safety and security measures proposed by the district’s leaders that will be implemented for the coming school year.

In May, an intruder audit was conducted at the district’s secondary campuses. At the top of the list of added security measures is to double the number of BISD police officers on our campuses. The district currently employs ten police officers, which includes a chief, captain and dispatcher. Next school year, BISD will have a total of twenty officers on staff. The additional police officers will be assigned to Brazoswood (5), Brazosport (3), Lake Jackson Intermediate (2), Clute Intermediate (2) and Freeport Intermediate (2). New officers will also be assigned to Rasco Middle School (1), Lanier Middle School (1), Brazos Success Academy (1) and SFA STEM Academy (1). The additional officers assigned to the intermediate schools will provide partial coverage at our elementary schools.

Having twice as many highly trained police officers that are armed on campuses shows that BISD is committed to safety and security. “We all wish we were not in this position, but having additional police officers and the many other additional security measures are something we must do to ensure our campuses are safe places,” said Superintendent Danny Massey.

BISD currently has over 600 security cameras and will add 200 more this year. At the high school campuses, additional personnel will be hired to proactively monitor the cameras for unwanted visitors. Additional security personnel will be hired to patrol hallways, door entrances, parking lots and perimeters of campuses. Security fencing will also be added to push visitors to limited entrances on campuses. Campuses will have security vestibules or outside door buzz-in systems.

An additional security layer includes the purchase of ten portable metal detectors for campuses to utilize. It is not possible to scan every student entering the campuses every day, however portable detectors allow the flexibility of randomly scanning students when exiting classrooms, the cafeteria, hallways, etc. Pushing students to limited entrances through stationary metal detectors creates another risk with students congregated in long lines to enter school and many students, especially in high school, come to school at various times of day and have classes in detached buildings. Portable metal detectors can be used in any building or location.

Additional mental health and social-emotional supports will be added for our students and their families this school year as well. In a partnership with SFA Health Clinic, Mental Health Officers will be housed at five of our schools (Brazosport High, Brazoswood High, Clute Intermediate, Ney Elementary and Ogg Elementary), and will serve all of the students and their families within BISD’s 19 campuses from those locations.

Through partnerships with nonprofit groups True to Life Ministries and Communities in Schools case managers will serve to support students and families at Brazosport High, Clute Intermediate, Freeport Intermediate, Lanier Middle and Velasco Elementary. Two additional case managers will be added to Brazoswood High and Brazos Success Academy this school year as well.

We know a very important prevention measure is to have every student connected to a positive adult they are comfortable talking to. We currently have outstanding mentoring programs at Brazosport and Brazoswood called Club Belay provided by True to Life Ministries. We will also start a new BISD mentoring program called Lift Up this school year. Establishing a positive school climate where students feel safe to share with adults is another effective security measure. BISD provides reporting mechanisms to report suspicious activity or concerns anonymously called Keep BISD SAFE. An awareness campaign and easier access to these reporting mechanisms will also be launched this school year.

Threat assessment teams and protocols will be established for each campus to address and investigate concerns, and a social media monitoring company will also be hired this year. There has been and will continue to be an emphasis on staff and student training for lockdown and intruder scenarios.

BISD has excellent relationships with the other local police agencies and quarterly meeting are scheduled for ongoing discussions regarding safety and security. Local law enforcement agencies will also be invited to come to any of our campuses while they are on patrol. BISD will provide free breakfast or lunch to any law enforcement personnel visiting our campuses.

We will continue to be diligent and work together with our students, families, staff, community and law enforcement partners to protect the students and staff of this great district.
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