PISD and WISD Explain Security Protocol
Plano ISD and Wylie ISD provide protocols they have in place in the case of threats to schools and active shooter situations.
If someone hears of a potential threat to a school, Joe Parks, PISD executive director for safety and security services said, “If anyone hears of imminent threats (going to happen in the next 2 hours), they should immediately report this to the local police department and then notify the campus. Threats or concerns should be reported immediately to the campus administration or school resource officer. All campuses have an anonymous tip line available at: https://asp.schoolmessenger.com/planoisd/quicktip/.
Parks provides details on how campuses prepare for an active shooter as well as what students and staff are instructed to do if an active shooter is on campus: “Our students and campus staff have received training and conduct practice drills using the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). Every school year, during the first week of school, all students 3rd grade and above, and all campus staff members watch a 30 minute training video on SRP. In an active shooter situation, the campus would most likely be placed on lockdown, which is getting behind a locked door as quickly as possible, get out of view, turn out the lights, and be silent. Students and staff have been informed of the “option to run” or “self-evacuation”, so that if they have specific information (heard something, saw something) that would make it safer to just run or flee the campus, then they should do so. Depending upon the circumstances and/or the information available to the campus staff, they may instead direct an immediate evacuation rather than a lockdown. This decision is very fact-dependent. Law enforcement would be notified immediately and the district would take direction from law enforcement on further response. Following an emergency incident, the district would reunify students and parents using the Standard Reunification Model (SRM) which provides a uniform, efficient method of re-unifying parents and students, either on campus or at an alternate site, depending upon the circumstances.”
Ian Halperin, WISD Executive Director of Communications and Community Relations said, “First and foremost, we are always looking at what we do, and can do, with regards to safety. We are never "done" with safety and security. After incidents like the one in Florida we look at what we can learn and improve on. Our safety committee has met and we continue to get suggestions from our law enforcement partners and the community.” If anyone hears of any potential threats to the schools Halperin says, “Wylie ISD utilizes tip411 and has reminded our community that is available on our app, website or via text. If someone believes there is an immediate threat they should contact a school official or the police department.”
If an active shooter is in a WISD school, Halperin said, “Wylie ISD conducts active shooter drills so that students, staff and first responders know what to do and expect in the event of an active shooter or other serious threat. We have an Emergency Response Guide in every classroom and common area. This guide shows staff what to do, expect and how to respond in a wide variety of situations. In an active shooter situation we follow the standard response: the campus would most likely be placed on lockdown, which is getting behind a locked door as quickly as possible (not necessarily your home classroom), get out of view, turn out the lights, and be silent. Do not open the door. We have an automated process that helps our campus administrators lock the building.”
Halperin points out the challenges of preparing for an active shooter at schools as well as what administrators tell students to do in cases such as this, “Schools face the unique challenge of having to design a response that works for children ranging from 5 years old to 18 years old. We know that every situation is different and how an individual may respond varies too. The training and drills are designed to provide the safest options available. But we also tell our staff and students that if you can safely get away, that is always the best option.”