School Safety and Parents
Providing a safe learning environment for our students is our first priority and a responsibility that we take very seriously. However, we understand that, as a parent, you will always have concerns regarding the safety of your child. As such, we want to share with you the safety and security measures that are currently in place in Dayton ISD:
Harris County Constable's Officers
Dayton ISD contracts with the Harris County Constable Office. These officers act as our School Resource Officers (SROs). They are responsible for helping out our students and campuses to ensure the safety of our students are taken care. For more information, please visit their website: http://www.harriscountytx.gov/conpct3/
In an effort to make sure our students and staff are well prepared in case of an emergency, all of our schools hold regularly scheduled safety drills, including Evacuation/Fire, Lockdown, Bus Evacuation, and Shelter-in-Place.
The State of Texas establishes minimum requirements and standards for schools to follow when conducting safety drills and reviewing school emergency and crisis response plans. The State also encourages schools and first responders to work together for the safety of children. Dayton ISD's safety and emergency plans have been developed in collaboration with local law enforcement officials, and all plans and procedures are reviewed and modified, as needed, on an annual basis.
Access to most of our school buildings is limited to a single, designated entrance, with all other access points locked from the interior. Visitors are required to produce an ID. They are then scanned through the RAPTOR system and given an ID sticker that they must wear and return. Even though it can become a hassle when entering a campus with these expectations, the safety of our students come second to none.
The Dayton ISD Office of Safey and Emergency Management maintains a comprehensive School Emergency Response Plan, which is reviewed and updated annually. This "All Hazards" plan encompasses numerous potential scenarios that may occur both on and off campus, includes detailed school information, and outlines staff responsibilities before, during, and after an incident. Dayton ISD EOP has plans in place for multiple forms of crises, including severe weather, fire, intruder, or other potentially dangerous situations. In the event that a threat exists within our buildings, our administrators and staff members have the ability to secure the premises very quickly.
Security cameras are in place throughout the District. These cameras display and record video that can be viewed by Law Enforcement, Emergency Management and District administrators. School officials and police can also use these videos when investigating any incidents. Two-way radios are used in all schools when groups are outside of the building, and automated external defibrillators (AEDs) are maintained in each school in the event of a medical emergency.