Midland ISD ramps up school safety efforts

Midland ISD ramps up school safety efforts

New protocols are in line with Texas Safe Schools Week

October 19, 2023 — This year's Texas Safe Schools week complements Midland ISD's continued updates and enhancements to our ongoing safety and security efforts. In the past year, MISD has installed additional card readers and security cameras at campuses districtwide. These improvements greatly strengthen security overall.

MISD also is in the process of applying shatter-resistant film to all exterior entryway windows and glass doors. This prevents glass from shattering when punctured by a bullet or direct force such as a bat or metal bar. This measure is part of a new state mandate meant to protect students and staff from shattered glass or a person attempting to break into the building.

Another new state law requires thorough safety audits twice a year. MISD has taken the initiative in integrating these audits into our maintenance schedule, to include meticulous inspections of all exterior doors to ensure that they function correctly and lock securely. Additionally, MISD is in the process of updating all exterior door locks to ensure that all exterior remain constantly locked.

In another important upgrade, the district's phone system has been modernized to identify specific locations (room numbers) when someone dials 9-1-1. This advancement facilitates a quicker response during emergencies, helping ensure the safety of everyone on campus.

MISD has seen outstanding compliance with background checks for campus visitors. This screening process involves cross-referencing government-issued photo IDs against a sex offender registry, providing an added layer of protection for students and staff.

"It's imperative that all departments work together on these safety initiatives," said MISD Chief of Police Scott McKown. "The police department, campus staff and technology all play vital roles in enhancing our security measures and ensuring safety for all students."

Campus leaders have also mastered the Crisis Go Emergency App, which plays a pivotal role in the emergency preparedness and response plan. This technology allows for swift communication and coordination during critical situations.

"We remain dedicated to providing a safe and secure learning environment for students and staff," said Emergency Management Coordinator Tim Allen. "The enhancements we've implemented, along with safety drills and other proactive measures, demonstrate our commitment to creating a safe space for students to learn and staff to work."

MISD encourages all stakeholders to remain vigilant, promptly report any safety concerns and actively participate in safety drills to ensure preparedness for any potential emergencies.

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Media Relations Contact:
Trevor Hawes
Communications Specialist
432-240-1044 | trevor.hawes@midlandisd.net