October 8, 2021
School safety was again thrown into the national forefront this week after Tuesday’s fight and shooting at Timberview High School in nearby Mansfield ISD. Thankfully, no fatalities occurred among the three individuals shot. While our thoughts and prayers are with the MISD community, this provides a good time to pause and reflect on our own safety and security protocols.
Crandall ISD utilizes Standard Response Protocols from the I Love U Guys Foundation for its safety and emergency communications plan. These SRPs are used by more than 30,000 schools, districts and law enforcement agencies around the world. Our CISD Police Department is comprised of four officers—including one full-time at both Crandall High School and Crandall Middle School—and our CISD Security Department ensures compliance with drills, trainings and best practices.
When an emergency arises, the safety protocols used by our groups standardize the vocabulary so all stakeholders—including those from city, county, state and national agencies—can understand the response and status of the event. It also helps students, teachers and staff with expectations across all grade levels and buildings. Essentially, everyone is on the same page and can reinforce the protocols in a large-scale event.
Our district takes great pride in social media security as well. Schools across the country last month, including CHS and CMS, were impacted by restroom vandalism as part of a monthly TikTok challenge. Reports this month of a new TikTok challenge have generated—none in CISD—with staff members being slapped. If these issues find their way to our schools, students will be prosecuted to the fullest extent. This includes charges of assault on a public servant, which is a third-degree felony, punishable from 2-10 years in prison and a $10,000 fine.
Security is key, Pirates. Our schools are safe and CISD does all it can to keep that safety at the top of our list. Your student may come home with questions about safety and we encourage you to be open to discussion. Our campuses are also readily available to visit with them, or you.
Dr. Wendy Eldredge, Superintendent