Austin ISD is committed to the safety and security of all students, staff and visitors. A District Wide Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) is in place and reviewed annually. Campuses conduct various emergency drills such as fire drills, severe weather drills and intruder drills throughout the school year to prepare students and staff for an emergency. All campus employees and administrators have received Critical Incident Training that is updated yearly.
Every campus at Austin ISD is required to update their individual Campus Emergency Operations Plans. These plans are confidential for the safety of our students and staff. These plans are reviewed annually by the Emergency Management Department and the Campus Administration.
In the event of a serious incident or threat, our first priority is to ensure our students and staff are safe; followed by informing/communicating with parents or media. However, we will share information we have available as we are able via email, parent calls or text messages, district social media and the website.
Although many security procedures are confidential to ensure the safety of our students and staff, we can share a few proactive measures that are currently in place or being updated from the 2022 Bond.
- Secured vestibules at the entrance of all campuses
- Additional/upgraded security cameras
- Impact Resistant window film on glass
- Perimeter fencing at all schools
- Weekly door audits
One of the most important safety measures we as a District and community can take is being vigilant and reporting any suspicious behaviors or issues of potential concern. We encourage the reporting of suspected dangers to our Austin ISD Police Department at 512-414-1703.
What is a safety and security audit and why do we do them?
“The Audit process developed by the Texas School Safety Center was designed as a self-assessment of a district’s safety and security. Audits are an ongoing process with the aim of identifying hazards, threats, and vulnerabilities that may pose a danger to life or property or may interfere with a safe, secure and healthy environment that is conducive to teaching and learning.” - Texas School Safety Center
What to do in a school emergency?
- Watch your cell phone! AISD will send an alert to the cell phone we have listed on file if an emergency were to occur.
- Go to the internet! Information will be posted on the Austin ISD website.
- Do NOT go to the scene until you are instructed to do so.
You can be assured that accurate and timely information will be released to parents, the public, and all local media outlets by District officials. We ask that you please wait to receive important information by AISD before arriving at a school or scene of an emergency.
How will I be able to locate my child in an emergency?
If AISD determines that students and staff would be safer at another location due to an emergency, the campus will be evacuated. The District has identified alternative locations to be used in these events and will notify you of a specific pickup location for Reunification.