Providing a Safe Learning Environment
At Southwest Public Schools we take the safety and security of our students, staff, and visitors very seriously. As a district, we are committed to creating safe, secure, and caring learning environments where all students, staff, and visitors work together to promote safety and academic excellence.
This emphasis has resulted in a safe schools plan that includes a purposeful connection between physical safety/security and the “psychological safety” of students. Physical safety includes measures such as visitor check-in and identification badges, video surveillance, preparedness planning, and practice drills to prepare for a variety of potential incidents. District and school crisis plans are aligned with the recommendations of state Homeland Security, local emergency responders, and public safety officials. Psychological safety provides for the social-emotional well-being of students and works to create positive school climates through measures such as asset development, bullying prevention, positive behavior support, and early identification and intervention for at-risk students.
Southwest Public Schools District has comprehensive emergency procedure plans in place. The Southwest Public Schools District works closely with each campus and local public safety agencies on contingency planning and ensuring the proper response of necessary emergency services. This partnership stands ready to address any situation that may arise.
Helpful Links and Resources
If there is an emergency situation where you feel the safety and security of you, your child or the children and faculty at Southwest Schools are in immediate and imminent danger, please call 911.
Stop Bullying: Kids play many roles in bullying – put the power to prevent bullying in your hands www.stopbullying.gov
Report Child Abuse & Neglect: Texas Department of Family and Protective Services Hotline Information
DARE: Help for leading a life free of violence, substance abuse and other dangerous behaviors. www.dare.org