Safety is the top priority, and we are always working to provide a safe and supportive learning environment for our students and staff.
Each campus regularly practices safety drills to prepare for various scenarios, and recent tragedies are a reminder that we must remain vigilant. Because we understand that our community members and parents may have questions, we are providing more information about our regular safety drills and procedures.
Regular Safety Drills and Procedures
Fort Bend ISD has implemented Standard Response Protocols, which is part of a nationwide effort to simplify and standardize emergency response in schools. Students and staff are trained in accordance to this system and regular drills are conducted.
All FBISD campuses conduct a fire drill at least once a month. In addition to the monthly fire drills, all FBISD campuses conduct at least two safety drills each year for each of the following scenarios:
Shelter in Place -- Severe Weather
Shelter in Place -- Hazardous Materials
Shelter in Place -- Medical Emergency
For the safety of our students and staff members, all FBISD campuses have exterior doors locked during the school day. All visitors must enter in the main entrance of each school, and go through a proper vetting process before they proceed.
Fort Bend ISD has a full-time emergency management coordinator who is responsible for ensuring all staff and students are prepared for any kind of emergency.
Our Fort Bend ISD Police Department undergoes extensive training for all kinds of scenarios, including active shooter situations. Every FBISD officer participates in active shooter training on an annual basis.
Our police department regularly coordinates with other jurisdictional partners to ensure the safety of our students, staff and community.
Safety and Security Improvements
In the last few years, FBISD has invested millions of dollars in safety upgrades and enhancements included in the 2014 Bond Program. In all, $27 million was allocated for vestibules at all campuses, security camera upgrades, additional card reader access points, video intercom systems and emergency generators. The third and final phase of design and construction of security vestibules is underway.
Keeping our students and staff safe takes all of us working together. Fort Bend ISD provides ways for students to safely and anonymously report illegal activities that take place on school property. If a student sees something, or if anyone or anything threatens them in any way, we encourage them to say something by reporting it to a trusted adult, or to call our Student Crime Stoppers hotline at 281-491-TIPS (8477).
We always have counselors available for students who are experiencing distress due to any situation, and we encourage students to reach out to an adult when they are in need of support or additional assistance. We also have reminders at all of our campuses that a talk line is available 24/7 (281-240-(TALK) 8255). Our staff members are trained in mental health awareness so that they can also help identify students who may be in need of assistance or support.
Fort Bend ISD is always working to improve school safety, and as the public learns about what happened in Florida, we expect conversations to continue -- nationwide and locally – so that we can do everything possible to protect our students and staff.