Safety & Security at RCISD
There is nothing more important to us than the safety of our students and staff. From weather threats to campus access, we take very seriously the well-being of every person on our campuses. Our first priority will always be the security and accountability of the 5,700 students we serve. Then we will work diligently to communicate with parents and guardians.How will we communicate with parents/guardians during a time of safety issues? Make sure your phone and email addresses are current in Family Access. Depending on the nature of the situation, these are the communication tools we will rely upon:
Royse City ISD officials monitor the weather with road conditions and wind temperatures in mind. Any decision on a delayed start or closure will be communicated to parents via Facebook, Twitter, District Website, e-mail and School Messenger phone calls. In addition, we will notify all local major broadcast channels. We work diligently to make decisions about delays or closures by 10:00 p.m. the night before a weather event. If not, we will make a decision prior to 6:00 a.m. and ahead of school transportation routes. The determination can be based on road conditions in any part of the district. If one bus cannot complete a route safely we will issue a delay or closure. We also consider our young student drivers, student walkers and many parents navigating the roads each day.
Tornado WARNING puts us on high alert. Students will be sheltered in accordance with campus plans. Understand that when campuses are on alert status employees are also sheltered, so students will not be checked out at this point. Parents may shelter with campus personnel, but might not be with their child at that moment. Please DO NOT interfere with the operation of school personnel, you will be putting other lives in danger. Choosing to do so could result in being banned from school property in the future.
In the event of an evacuation of a campus for an extended period of time, the district has a prearranged plan which details where students will be transported. From this location student/parent reunification can take place with parents picking students up or students riding their bus home as normal. Understand picking students up will be a longer process, we will be thorough with whom we release your child. If their name is not on the list we have on file, your child will not be released. Accuracy, rather than speed will be our objective.
Lock-DOWN vs Lock-OUT
A LOCK OUT is a precautionary response to an external incident, usually off district property. Parents will still be allowed to enter through normal procedures and students can be released to parents. Recess/PE/Practices will take place indoors or cancelled.
A LOCK DOWN is a response to an immediate threat. No one will be allowed to enter the school except “first responders.” Staff will not be available to open doors, allowing parents to enter. In a full internal lock down, danger is immediate. Again, student and staff safety is our first priority.
Communication – We will communicate what we can as soon as we can to give you the most accurate information possible.