School Safety Article
In light of the recent school shooting tragedy in Connecticut, Timpson ISD Superintendent Mid Johnson wants to assure parents and community members that the TISD staff have safety plans and procedures in place to ensure the safety of our students and staff.
Despite recent news reports that listed school districts who did not report or were not in compliance with school safety audit reports, Timpson ISD completed the required district audit report on October 3, 2011. The TISD Board of Trustees approved the audit report on November 8, 2011. As a result of the audit, district personnel have addressed areas of concern to better ensure safety of our students including regular safety practice drills, having coordinating safety drills with local and county emergency management personnel, local law enforcement, local ambulance services and the local fire department.
The district has Crisis Management Emergency Procedure Plans in every building and classrooms that explain the procedures to follow in the event of a crisis including fire, tornado, chemical spill, an alleged assailant(s), etc. In addition the district has practice drills for shelter in place, building evacuation and site evacuations so that staff and students will know exactly what to do in case of a crisis. In addition, the district employs an armed security officer. Campus buildings are locked and visitors must be buzzed in to gain admittance. Visitors must remain in the office area and are not allowed in the hallways.
Since the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School, the administrative team has met twice with Superintendent Johnson to review all safety procedures including procedures to follow if a person was seen on district property that could pose a threat to student safety. Superintendent Johnson also met with campus secretaries since they are often the first line of defense in a crisis situation. He also met with the entire faculty after school to review the crisis management emergency procedures and stressed that our number one priority in the district is school safety and protection of our students.