Comal ISD Implements New Security Measures
Comal ISD Director of Safety and Security Joe McKenna said the the district is implementing new procedures, partnerships and training designed to keep students safe this upcoming school year.
- Classroom go-kits
- Lockdown alert system
- Student identification badges
- Visitor access protocol
- Continued partnerships with local law enforcement
- Staff training
“We want our parents to know that we are committed to their children’s safety and are implementing a few new measures to furth our efforts in keeping them safe while they are on our campuses,” he said.
Classroom go-kits will be located in every Comal ISD classroom. They contain basic supplies teachers might need in an emergency, and will be used to ensure all students and staff are accounted for, safe, and cared for during emergency situations.
Lockdown Alert Systems
New lockdown alert systems will allow staff to initiate a lockdown from strategic locations throughout the campus. All Comal ISD elementary schools already are equipped with these blue lockdown pull stations, which are similar to red fire-alam pull stations, and flashing lights. Middle- and high-school campuses also will be equipped with lockdown systems by the end of the semester.
Comal ISD Identification Badges
Starting this school year, all secondary students will wear Comal ISD identification badges while on campus and riding in district transportation. School officials say these allow for quick-and-easy identification of who should be on each campus.
Elementary bus riders will receive a transportation pass that allows for better efficiency and safety.
Doors from the entrance to the main office of every campus will now be secured. Visitors will need to be “scanned” into the front office by a staff member.
Partnerships with Local Law Enforcement Agencies
Comal ISD has expanded partnerships with local law enforcement to include school resource officers who will rotate among the elementary campuses.
All Comal ISD staff members are receiving extra training on the district’s standard-response protocol (SRP) so they are better prepared to help manage emergency situations. Comal ISD said training includes the tools and resources needed to help prevent mitigate negative situations as well as respond to and recover from anything major that occurs.