Comal ISD is taking extra security measures following Tuesday’s shooting at a Uvalde elementary school that killed at 21 teachers and students.
“Certainly, when events like this occur, questions of school safety rise to the top of everyone’s mind,” said district Supt. Andrew Kim in an email to parents.
For the remainder of the week, Comal County Sheriff’s Office, Bulverde Police Department and Bexar County Pct. 3 will increase patrols around district campuses.
Three to five officers will be added to security at each graduation.
“While we are taking these extra precautions for the next several days, please know that we have well-established safety-and-security protocols and procedures that have been in place throughout the entire school year,” Kim said.
- Secure vestibules at the front entrance of each campus, denying easy access to buildings.
- Lockdown alert systems at each campus with system-activation points throughout the building, including at front desks. When activated, emergency services are dispatched.
- A secondary notification system accessible to all staff members through the district’s Emergency Management System, which notifies all campus staff, district safety-and-security team members and emergency response agencies of campus emergencies.
- The Standard Response Protocol system, which provides a uniform response to any incident at schools.
- Emergency drills, which are regularly conducted and observed by district safety-and-security staff to ensure Standard Response Protocols are implemented accurately.
- Campus-specific emergency operations plans that detail staff roles and responsibilities. Response protocols and communication processes for emergency situations are updated annually.
- Campus safety evaluations every grading period.
“I share this detailed information with you because, as a father, I know that incidents like the one today shake us,” Kim said. “They also remind us to continue be vigilant. Please know that we are committed to providing a safe-and-secure learning environment for our students and staff, and we will continue to do so for these remaining few days just as we have all year.”