November 19, 2020
As you may have noticed over the last few weeks, and after a few close calls involving our students, Hitchcock ISD Police Department and DPS have worked together to specifically target speeders and unsafe drivers during school zone hours along FM 2004. Dozens of citations were issued during this undertaking while simultaneously educating the public on driving safety.
Earlier this year Hitchcock ISD Police Department also worked with Hitchcock Police Department to target drivers passing school buses. This endeavor was carried out by having an officer on board the school bus to give vehicle descriptions to awaiting officers.
In regards to travel to and from schools for our students; over the last two years Hitchcock ISD and Hitchcock ISD Police Department have worked diligently to try and solve traffic issues. This has been accomplished by forming a working relationship with Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) to reduce speed limits, update and add a significant amount of signage and also brain storming to fix other problems.
We wanted to express to parents, students and citizens that we understand the dangers of FM 2004 and know that they will always be fluid and ongoing; we will, and do, address them on a continual basis and pledge to never stop.
Our transportation department currently offers rides to all students and makes arrangements even if they are in close proximity to the school to avoid students having to cross major intersections. We are currently looking at even more alternatives to keep walkers and bikers safe.
We encourage all parents and guardians to utilize school transportation if your student walks. If you choose not to use transportation, please try and connect with other parents to carpool.
We again want to let parents know that we are continuously working on this problem and will not stop reassessing and implementing ways protect our students. Safety is everyone’s responsibility; we appreciate the parents who have reached out to us and voiced their concerns and recommendations.
Chief of Police
Dr. Crystal Dockery, Deputy Executive Director TACS presented the TACS Today that featured our Students Standing Strong group at the school board meeting this past Tuesday.
Pictured from L-R - Kathy Potts, RN (Sponsor), Samarian Kingston, Travis W. Edwards, Superintendent, Jolie Nestle, Dr. Crystal Dockery, Deputy Executive Director TACS
To meet the requirements of COVID -19 gatherings, Hitchcock ISD has moved to an online ticket service. All tickets will be purchased through the system, unless paying in cash. If paying in cash, ticket buyers will need to come to the main office at the high school (or junior high if it's for a junior high game) to purchase the them.
Tickets will be sold on a tiered basis with basketball families and pass holders gaining access prior to the general public. This group will have 3 days to purchase tickets. Any tickets not purchased at this point will be open to the general public.
Ticket sales will open 1 week prior to game date. There will be no tickets sold at the gate; however, if available, they can be purchased up to game time on the day of the event.
Basketball families are limited to 3 early ticket purchases and pass holders are limited to 1 ticket. When tickets are opened up to the general public- the limit will be 2 tickets per buyer.
We understand that this is a drastic change from last year, but we are taking all steps to keep our student athletes, coaches and families safe.
If you have any questions, please contact Craig Smith or Laurie Gilcrease.
A schedule will be released soon for all of the ticket dates and schedules. Currently, tickets for the Lady Bulldogs vs. Santa Fe scrimmage on 11/3/20 and the Lady Bulldogs vs. Ball High game on 11/6/20 are online and available to reserve.