Safety and Security Master Plan
Safe and secure schools are top priority for Fort Bend ISD. Over the past few months, District administrators developed a Preliminary Safety and Security Master Plan, which provides a roadmap for the future planning of the District’s safety and security needs. During the Spring 2014 semester, the District hosted three Community Dialogue Meetings that enabled community members to provide feedback on the preliminary plan. Additionally, the Community Dialogue Meeting video and online survey were posted to the District’s website and communicated to the community for feedback. The FBISD Safety and Security Master Plan will be finalized and presented to the FBISD Board of Trustees during the summer of 2014.
This FBISD Safety and Security Master Plan is based on the work of the Fort Bend ISD Police, Operations, and Technology Departments, and specifies next steps in the District’s safety and security planning process. The safety and security plan includes physical security upgrades, technology additions and personnel additions to address an “all hazards” approach.
Best practices and industry standards lay the foundation of the plan; however, community and staff engagement are critical to the development and implementation of this plan. Additionally, a third party engineering and consulting firm evaluated the findings to help formulate the best safety and security options for Fort Bend ISD.
In 2002, the Homeland Security Act was written in the aftermath of the September 11 terrorist attacks to address future acts of terrorism in the United States. School districts were defined as local governments and, as such, are responsible for adhering to all federal guidelines and mandates contained in the Homeland Security Act. It is recognized that school districts face the same threats as any state, county, or city government. Subsequent state legislation has been enacted requiring mandatory drills and emergency operation planning following the National Incident Management System (NIMS) guidelines.
Industry best practices identify four interrelated elements within the overarching theme of how to build an environment that lends itself to emergency preparedness and response. Those components include Infrastructure, Crisis Communication / Notification, Staffing, and Procedures. These security factors provide a framework for emergency planning and are detailed in the FBISD Safety and Security Master Plan.