Safety update from Superintendent Estrada

Safety update from the Superintendent
Posted on 08/24/2018
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August 24, 2018


Dear LISD Parents and Guardians,


The safety of our students and staff is the district’s number one priority. I wanted to take the time to provide an update of the work the school district and partners of the LISD Safety Task Force did over the summer to prepare for this new school year to strengthen safety for our Lockhart Lions.


For those of you new to the district, the LISD Safety Task Force is comprised of members of the Lockhart Police Department, Lockhart Fire Department, Caldwell County Emergency Management, Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office, and Lockhart ISD. The group meets regularly to focus upon the safety and security of students and staff.


In June, LISD administrators and LISD Safety Task Force members attended the Safety Symposium in Bastrop, learning directly from the first responders from Santa Fe ISD. They shared their experiences with a full auditorium of school district and first responder personnel from across the region. Their insight and lessons learned were incredibly valuable in our efforts as we prepared for the school year.  


Additionally this summer, the task force spent a lot of time training the district and working through the standard response protocols  (SRP) in various types of emergencies as well as standard reunification models (SRM). These protocols were developed by the I Love U Guys Foundation, an organization nationally recognized for its work and commitment to provide resources to school districts to keep students safe.


All campus administrators, district leadership, and central office staff were trained on the standard response protocols and standard reunification models in July. They also participated in Civilian Response to Active Shooter Event (CRASE) training with Lockhart Police Department. The police department additionally conducted campus CRASE trainings for staff at most campuses, and they will have completed training all campuses by September 1.


Students will certainly have regular drills that align with the standard response protocols. They will learn the same language that staff and first responders will use in an emergency and have the chance to practice appropriate responses.


In the event of an emergency, the school district will communicate with parents with a phone call, email, and push notification on the LISD mobile app. As you make changes to phone numbers or email addresses, please update your contact information through your child’s campus to ensure we can communicate with you. Also, for those who have not downloaded the app, you can search for “Lockhart ISD” in your app store to get it for free. It is a great way to stay connected. Click here for a link to a video on how to get started.


Please speak to your children about the importance of letting an adult know when they see or hear something that may not be safe. A good rule to follow is, “If you see something, say something.” Assure your children we will look into their concerns and investigate if further action is needed for safety. It is better to share a concern than to hold back information due to feeling unsure. We would rather they come forward so we can investigate for their safety and the safety of others.


Also, if you ever have a concern about something you have seen or heard, please do not hesitate to report it to school administration or law enforcement for investigation. Social media can be useful for many things, but it is not the best way to report a safety concern. The best action to take to ensure everyone’s safety is to report safety concerns to an administrator or law enforcement.


We are so grateful for the partnership we have with our local first responders and will continue regular communication and collaboration with them. We must remain vigilant to safeguard our students and staff.


If you have any questions or concerns about safety in Lockhart ISD, please do not hesitate to reach out to me at Mark.Estrada@lockhart.txed.net


Regards,


Mark Estrada

Superintendent of Schools

Lockhart ISD



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