Emergency Response and Preparedness Procedures
SFISD Police Officer Training
All SFISD police officers receive ongoing ALERRT Level I and Two II Active Shooter Training; Fire Arms Proficiency Training non-lethal force options; secure weapon and rifle training; participate in drills with all campuses and provide training on District crisis management to all staff and Civilian Response to Active Shooter Events(CRASE).
SFISD schools work diligently to be prepared for an emergency. All staff is well trained by our SFISD Police Department which includes Active Shooter Response and Crisis Response and Recovery. SafeSchools, national and state prepared trainings, are designed as a supplemental training tool for all district employees which include Active Shooter and Crisis Recovery, as well as, Bullying: Recognitions and Response. Each campus has a crisis response plan. Training and mock exercises are conducted regularly (lockdowns, fire evacuations, and shelter).
Standard Response Protocols
Santa Fe ISD has implemented Standard Response Protocol, which is part of a nationwide effort to simplify and standardize emergency response in schools. Students and staff throughout the state are being trained in accordance to this system and regular drills are conducted.
The Standard Response Protocol (SRP) is based on four actions that include: Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. In the event of an emergency, the appropriate actions will be taken and communicated.
Get inside. Lock outside doors.
Lockout is called when there is a threat or hazard outside of the school building. Whether it’s due to violence or criminal activity in the immediate neighborhood, or a dangerous animal in the playground. Lockout uses the security of the physical facility to act as protection. The Lockout Protocol directs staff to bring students into a secure building, locking all outside access points. Where possible, classroom activities would continue uninterrupted. Classes that were held outside, such as gym class, would return to the building and if possible continue class inside the building.
Locks, Lights, Out of Sight
Lockdown is called when there is a threat or hazard inside the school building. From parental custody disputes to intruders to an active shooter, Lockdown uses classroom and school security actions to protect students and staff from threat. The Lockdown Protocol demands locking individual classroom doors, offices and other securable areas, moving room occupants out of line of sight or corridor windows and having room occupants maintain silence. There is no call to action to lock the building outside access points. Rather, the protocol advises to leave the perimeter as is. The reasoning is simple – sending staff to lock outside doors exposes them to unnecessary risk and inhibits first responders’ entry into the building. Teacher, staff and student training reinforce the practice of not opening the classroom door, once in Lockdown. Rather, no indication of occupancy should be revealed until first responders open the door.
To a location
Evacuate is called when there is a need to move students from one location to another. The Evacuate Protocol demands students and staff move in an orderly fashion. The classroom teacher or administrator is usually responsible for initiating an evacuation. The directives or actions may vary for fire, bomb threat, or other emergency. In a police led evacuation, students may be instructed to form a single file line and hold hands front and back, or students and staff may be asked to put their hands on their heads when evacuating. Other directions may be invoked during an evacuation and students and staff should be prepared to follow specific instructions given by staff or first responders to relocate in an orderly manner to a safe location as directed.
For a hazard using safety procedures
Shelter is called when specific protective actions are needed based on a threat or hazard. Training should include response to threats such as tornado or other severe weather, flooding, or hazmat spill or release. The Texas School Safety Center website contains guidance resources for actions associated with severe weather and other threats. Collaboration with local responders, the national weather service, and other local, regional and state resources should be consulted in developing specific actions for a district response.
All campuses are required to conduct one fire drill monthly and lock down drills four times per year, one reverse evacuation, as well as, severe weather drills once a year. Campuses also participate in an annual orientation reviewing the procedures associated with Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate or Shelter.
Severe Weather Preparedness
SFISD utilizes the Galveston County Office of Emergency Management, Harris County Office of Emergency Management, and the Region IV Support Center to track severe weather to allow leadership to make schedule and location adjustments both for the school day and extracurricular activities. During times of severe weather, District administrators work in partnership with these stakeholders.