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Hitchcock ISD shares District Safety Measures

In light of recent events and prior to the new school year, Hitchcock ISD is sharing some of the safety measures currently in place to ensure the safety of its students and staff.

“We know the weight we hold when it comes to ensuring the safety of our entire school community,” said Travis Edwards, Superintendent of Hitchcock ISD. “We want to provide everyone with a better understanding of some of the measures we take on a daily basis to provide a safe learning environment for all students or staff members within our district.

Visitor Protocol
At each of Hitchcock ISD’s five campuses, visitors must be processed through Raptor upon arrival to campuses. Raptor runs ID/DL's against an international offender database. Once cleared through Raptor, a visitor badge is provided and must be worn at all times while on campus.

Hitchcock ISD has its own dedicated Police Department. HISD Police currently has a Police Chief and 2 officers to provide continuous monitoring/support at the campus level. The district is in the process of adding 2 additional officers to increase safety, security, and visibility going forward.

District Safety Committee
Board members, the Superintendent, HISD Police, community members, emergency responders, and staff make up the District Safety Committee. Members review and evaluate District Safety on a regular basis to ensure proper protocols are being followed.

Campus parking lots, playgrounds, building exteriors, hallways, cafeterias, and all other common areas are under 24/7 surveillance.

Reporting Hotline
Hitchcock ISD utilizes P3 Campus, a school safety technology initiative for our students, parents, teachers and other members of our community to anonymously report any safety or mental health concerns.

Access to Campuses
All campuses and the Admin building utilize double doors at front entrances with the second being locked. All other doors accessible to the outside are locked as well.

Safety Drills
Staff are trained/updated prior to each school year and participate in ongoing trainings throughout the year. Students and staff complete safety drills in compliance to the Texas School Safety Center.

Emergency Communication
During an emergency, HISD Police and district administrators communicate the situation to each other first. Parents/students are notified through the district's mass notification system, the district website, and social media. Make sure updated contact information is always on file.

“The district is constantly planning and brainstorming ways to improve our safety measures,” said Edwards. “The measures currently in place are tangible, modifiable, adjustable, and can always become better than before."