Campus Safety & Security
The safety and security of our students, staff and facilities is of the utmost importance. In that regard, Plano ISD has a number of programs and protocols to promote safety and security, including:
- Each high school and senior high school is served by a full-time School Resource Officer (SRO) who provides security and law enforcement services, as well as coordinating the Campus Crime Stoppers program. SROs promote safety and security at their assigned campuses as well as seeking to develop rapport with students.
- Elementary school and middle school campuses are patrolled by uniformed, contract peace officers in marked police vehicles throughout the school day.
- PISD’s Detection Canine (K-9) program includes detection dog handler teams to detect the presence of drugs, alcohol and explosives. The drug detection handled team checks PISD campuses on a daily basis, including cars parked on District property, school lockers, classrooms and common areas of the buildings.
- Uniformed police officers provide traffic direction services at campuses with a demonstrated need.
- Uniformed police officers to provide security at athletic events, socials, proms, fund-raisers and other District events as deemed necessary.
- Campus Crime Stopper Programs are active on all secondary campuses.
- Video surveillance camera systems in all schools help administrators monitor the interior and exterior of the building.
- Intercom and video systems at visitor entries to allow school staff to communicate with visitors prior to allowing entry.
- Campus safety vestibules designed such that visitors must be admitted to the school office prior to gaining access to secure areas of the school beyond the office.
- All Plano ISD campuses and facilities use the RAPTOR electronic visitor management system. The RAPTOR system, which requires the visitor to present a driver’s license or other acceptable form of government-issued identification, logs the visitor into the building and provides the visitor with a temporary, photo-identification badge to wear while in the building. The visitor management system also checks the visitor’s identification against a nationwide database of registered sex offenders.
- District-wide emergency radio system that allows immediate, District-wide notification of emergency information and serves as backup communication for campuses should telephone service be interrupted. The radio system will also allow joint-communication with PISD, police and fire departments in an emergency.
- All campuses are monitored by burglar alarm systems. Panic alarms are provided at select locations.
- Criminal history background checks are required for applicants for employment, volunteers, mentors and contractors.
- The District has four (4) Security Specialists that each serve designated campuses. Security Specialists assist campuses with all issues related to safety, security and emergency preparedness.
- Each campus has one or more copies of the District’s Emergency Procedures Guide and staff members have an electronic version available for installation on a smart phone.
- Each campus has an individual Campus Emergency Plan that is updated each year.
- Campuses work with Student and Family Services and Safety and Security Services in addressing potential threats and threat assessments involving students.