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Safety and Security

Safety of students, staff and campus visitors is Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity’s highest priority.

This includes safety in our parking lots during arrival and dismissal.

Please ensure you are following staff directions for traffic flow and observing posted signs and speed limits.

Here's what you should know about campus safety policies and procedures.

Reporting a Concern

Student Assistance Forms [insert Link to form] can be submitted for any concern related to a student, including but not limited to bullying, harassment, threats to campus, and threats to self and dating violence. Student Assistance Forms CAN is submitted anonymously. 

Any threats to students or staff safety are taken very seriously. If Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity is made aware of a threat, a thorough investigation will be conducted, and Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity will engage the local authorities as appropriate. Once local authorities are involved, the person who issued the threats may be subject to civil or criminal charges that are beyond the control of Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity. Guardians should ensure students are aware of the serious consequences of any written or verbal threats on or off campus grounds, including web-based social media sites.

 

Responding to Emergencies

Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity utilizes the Standard Response Protocol for a unified response to emergency situations. During emergency situations, it is important that you not drive to the school unless requested to do so by campus administration. Traffic around campus can cause delays in emergency response. 

Download the family handout for more information.

Standard Response Protocol K-12 family handout (English)

Standard Response Protocol K-12 family handout (Spanish)

 

SRP EnglishSRP Spanish

In an Emergency, Take Action!

 

Visitors and Volunteers

 

All campus visitors, including parents, must enter through the front door of campus using the doorbell camera and speaker. Please ensure that the door shuts behind you and that you direct anyone following you in to utilize the doorbell camera and speaker for entry into the campus. If remaining on campus or checking out a student, a picture ID is required.

Campus volunteers must fill out an online volunteer application and go through a background check process prior to volunteering on campus. The process typically takes 2-10 business days for approval. This includes parents going on field trips. Please ask your campus for a link to the volunteer form if you choose to volunteer on campus or go on a field trip.

Visitors and volunteers on campus must enter and check in at the front desk where they will receive a printed name tag. This name tag must be worn at all times while on campus or on a field trip. When leaving the campus, visitors and volunteers must check out at the front desk.

Please ensure that you have read the student handbook regarding all the safety and security policies.

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Brazos School for Inquiry and Creativity Safety and Security Committee

The school safety and security committee provides central coordination of safety efforts and assists with drills and exercises, school safety and security audits, policy development, and training. The committee is made up of school district and community partners that collaboratively provide recommendations to the district’s board of trustees and district administrators. The purpose of this committee is specifically related to ensuring the safety and well-being of the students and staff within the district. Each district has their own committee so that they can provide feedback specific to the needs of their district.

Who is on the committee?

The committee, to the greatest extent practical, must include:

  • One or more representatives of an office of emergency management of a county or city in which the district is located.
  • One or more representatives of the local police department or sheriff’s office.
  • One or more representatives of the district’s police department, if applicable.
  • The president of the district’s board of trustees.
  • A member of the district’s board of trustees, other than the president.
  • The district’s superintendent.
  • One or more designees of the district’s superintendent, one of whom must be a classroom teacher in the district.
  • If the district partners with an open-enrollment charter school to provide instruction to students, a member of the open-enrollment charter school’s governing body or a designee of the governing body.
  • Two parents or guardians of students enrolled in the district.

Collaborative partners to support the committee may include, but are not limited to:

  • Local emergency management
  • First responders, law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services (EMS)
  • Local, state, and federal officials
  • Parent organizations
  • Local health authority
  • Community mental health organizations
  • Building inspectors or public works

The size of the committee may be adjusted according to the size of the district. Collaborative partners are selected based on the knowledge and experience they possess related to the duties of the school safety and security committee. This committee meets at least once during each academic semester and once during the summer. A committee that is established by a school district that operates schools on a year-round system, or in accordance with another alternative schedule, shall meet at least three times during each calendar year with an interval of at least two months between each meeting.

Committee Responsibilities

Participate in the development and implementation of the district’s emergency plans by ensuring they are consistent with the district’s EOP and reflect the specific campus, facility, or support service needs that exist.

Provide, periodically to the board of trustees and district administration, recommendations to update the district’s EOP according to the best practices identified by the Texas Education Agency, the Texas School Safety Center (TxSSC), or an individual in the TxSSC’s Safety and Security Consultant Registry (a clearinghouse to track qualified third-party auditors for the state of Texas available to school districts, open-enrollment charter schools, and junior colleges).

Supply any campus, facility, or support services information required to the district for the completion of their safety and security audit, safety and security audit report, or any other report required to be submitted to the TxSSC.

Review each report the district submits to the TxSSC to ensure it contains accurate and complete information regarding each campus, facility, or support service and follows the criteria established by the TxSSC.

Consult with local law enforcement agencies on how to increase their presence near district campuses.

Select where bleeding control stations are to be placed in schools, ensuring they are in easily accessible areas.

Meet together, following Government Code, Chapter 551, at least once each academic semester and during the summer. If the district operates on a year-round system, then the committee must meet at least three times per calendar year with at least two months between meetings. Meeting dates are to be included in the district’s EOP.

Meeting Dates

September 23, 2022 BSIC SCHOOL SAFETY AND SECURITY COMMITTEE 092322 AGENDA pdf

December 9, 2022

February 20, 2023

May 25, 2023

Next BSIC safety and Security committee zoom meeting: December 9, 2022. 1:00PM CST

 

How do I serve on this committee?

If you are interested in serving on this committee, speak with your district’s superintendent, school emergency manager, school resource officer (SRO), or anyone who is on the committee to express your interest.