SCHOOL SAFETY & SECURITY
SECURITY NEWS & INFORMATION
2018 Denison ISD Safety & Security Update
Watch the video presentation regarding the additions and improvements Denison ISD is making to keep our campuses safe followed by comments provided by our security officer Odis Luper, Denison Police Department and Dr. Henry Scott.
Introducing the new Denison ISD
Visitor Management System
Denison ISD is pleased to announce that we will be using the LobbyGuard Visitor Management System in our school(s). LobbyGuard will be used to track visitors, volunteers and vendors who come into our schools. Computer kiosks have been installed on all campuses at the main entrances for visitors to sign-in electronically.
All visitors are required to sign-in to the building via LobbyGuard. Visitors will be required to scan their drivers license as part of this process. Following the sign-in process a visitor badge (see sample badge below) will be printed and must be worn at all times while on school property. The badge is self-adhesive and will not damage clothing.
Prior to leaving the school all visitors must sign-out out using the LobbyGuard system. Front office staff will be available to answer questions and provide assistance as needed.
We hope you will find LobbyGuard a welcome addition in the continuing effort to provide the most secure learning environment for our students. The safety of our students is our highest priority. We are confident that the LobbyGuard Visitor Management System will provide an additional layer of security for our students and staff members.
For further information regarding LobbyGuard, please visit: www.lobbyguard.com and follow them on social media.
Denison ISD Administration
KEEP OUR SCHOOLS SAFE
It is important to know that the Denison ISD administration and staff work to make schools safe and caring places. We strongly encourage and frequently remind students to report any safety concerns directly to a trusted adult at home or at school. Still, we know that when students become aware of unsafe people or situations, it can be very difficult for some to report as they are fearful or feel pressure from others to keep things secret. We want students to help us keep their schools safe, and to break any “code of silence” if one exists, with respect to matters that can impact the safety of their schools.
If you or your student were to suspect or become aware of any students or adults in a school who are planning or acting in any unsafe way, please let us know. This includes, but is not limited to, the use or possession of drugs, knives, guns, and/or threats to injure, bully, or assault others. If you or your students are not comfortable talking directly with staff at the school level, use the DENISON ISD SAFE SCHOOLS QUICK TIP FORM is available online 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. “Tips” will be referred to school or law enforcement authorities as deemed appropriate.
REGARDING SCHOOL SAFETY
An Open Letter to Parents and Staff From Dr. Henry Scott, Denison ISD Superintendent of Schools
We, at Denison ISD, consider safety and security our top priority. In a continuing effort to keep our campuses I met with our district security officers and representatives of the Denison Police Department. Together, we reviewed all current district and campus security plans checking to make sure that our safety protocols are doing everything humanly possible to keep every individual on our campuses safe from harm.
I believe that keeping open communications with our students is our best line of defense against someone who may be planning to harm themselves and/or others. I encourage anyone who has knowledge of someone making such threats to contact the Denison ISD Administration Building at 903-462-7000 or any campus office. The most important thing is to let someone know before it’s too late.
If students and staff are deemed to be at risk on any Denison campus, parents and guardians will be notified as soon as possible through our automated phone system. We also post notifications through the Remind app which can be downloaded to any smartphone or device. Each DISD campus has a Remind class established for their school notifications. If you have not signed up for the Remind calls, please do so through your child’s school website. We will also post a notification on our DISD website, www.denisonisd.net.
I would ask that you also review your emergency contact information. Having accurate information is critical for strong communication under any circumstances. This may also be a good time to review your family emergency plan for fire, weather, and other unexpected circumstances. Please reassure your child that if an emergency arises during school hours, and you are out of the area, we will communicate with parents via email and phone. We will also stay with students until every student is picked up.
As a parent and grandparent myself, I understand your fears for the safety of your children. To DISD staff, as a long-time educator, I understand the sense of responsibility you have toward the students in your care. I assure you that, with your help, we are doing all we can do to make sure that everyone is as safe as possible while at our schools.
We thank you for your support for the staff and students in Denison ISD. Please contact me, or your school principal, with concerns or questions. Together, we will do our very best to keep all of our Yellow Jackets safe and provide learning opportunities for all kids.
stay in touch with the remind app
Remind: Members will receive text messages directly to their cell phones. Members must register to receive messages. If you would like information about Remind,
you can visit www.remind.com.
Remind App Registration Process:
Using your cell phone, enter 81010 in the recipients/to field to register. You must repeat the process for each cell phone that you choose to register with Remind.
Text the following codes for each school. In order to receive messages from a specific campus, you must text the campus-specific code. It is only necessary to receive messages from campuses that your child(ren) attends.
Denison High School:
Pathways High School:
Scott Middle School:
Terrell Elementary School: @h7e2
Mayes Elementary School:
Lamar Elementary School:
Hyde Park Elementary:
Houston Elementary School:
PROVIDING SAFE AND SECURE SCHOOLS
A safe and secure environment is necessary for DISD students to learn, grow and reach their academic potential, for staff to function at an exemplary level, and for parents to be an active part of their children’s education. DISD takes its responsibility in this area very seriously and is committed to providing a safe and secure environment. The district Emergency Operations Plan provides instructions, responses and resources to be used in case of emergencies caused by nature or emergencies generated by humans. The plan, as well as campus security plans, is reviewed routinely. Practices/procedures are updated as necessary according to the most current Emergency Operation procedures. The DISD family also relies on student, parent and community support to help keep our schools safe.
A major part of the DISD security plan is the campus security plan. A school safety team on each campus develops and maintains a campus security plan. These plans address and implement emergency drills, lock down procedures, bad weather procedures, student arrival and dismissal procedures, classroom and exterior door locking procedures, and encouraging students to report anything they see that may be harmful to themselves or others. The district and campuses work closely with the Denison Police and Fire Departments which are available for training, support and, of course, protection of our students.
School Resource Officers. The District has two full-time police officers providing security at our largest campus, Denison High School. One of these policemen, officer Odis Luper, also conducts security checks and assists with security procedures on the other district campuses. Additionally, the district employs off-duty Denison Police Department Officers to provide security each day at Scott Middle School and B. McDaniel Intermediate school.
Controlled access entry, with one designated point of entry at each campus. Automated checking of visitor IDs is currently in use all Denison ISD campuses utilizing the Lobbyguard Visitor Management System.
Surveillance cameras. Surveillance cameras are in operation inside and outside the secondary and intermediate campuses.
DISD faculty and staff training. All DISD faculty and staff train annually in order to be ready to react correctly to emergency situations. In turn, teachers also train their students to react to emergency situations. These training sessions are intended to give students and staff the best opportunity of remaining safe during emergency situations.
In Case of Emergency- Should an immediate emergency situation arise on a campus, parents/guardians will be notified via a mass calling system. In order to be appropriately notified, parents and guardians must ensure that Denison ISD has current and accurate contact information on all students. Parents may also be notified by viewing the scrolling alert at the top of the Denison ISD website.
Additional Security Resources
Denison ISD partners with
"See Something, Say Something"
The Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) “If You See Something, Say Something™” campaign is an initiative that encourages individuals across the nation to be the eyes and ears for safer communities. A safe community requires the joint effort of all community members. The more observant and involved individuals are in their daily lives, the less likely crime will occur undetected. If we watch and report suspicious activity, we reduce the areas where criminals feel comfortable committing crimes, resulting in safer towns and cities across the nation.