Safety and Security in GCISD

In GCISD, student safety is the top priority of the Board of Trustees, Superintendent and District staff. 

Existing Safety & Security in GCISD
GCISD already employs many of the best practices recommended by various organizations specifically focused on school safety and security. Below is an explanation of existing safety and security measures in GCISD. Note, however, that not all GCISD measures are necessarily shared on this public site. 

  • Secondary students are required to wear their school identification badge while on campus
  • A “See Something, Say Something” App and link is found on all student issued devices to ensure students can easily and anonymously report crimes, bullying, threats or students in crisis. Every student in GCISD has access to the  app, which is a direct reporting site for Tarrant County Campus Crime Stoppers and Friends for Life.
  • Campus administration involve student groups in opportunities to discuss security at their school and receive their feedback for issues or improvements
  • An increased presence of police patrol officers on all campuses
  • A District Safety and Security Committee to include police, fire and emergency management representatives from local government, as well as parents and campus staff
  • Signage at campuses reminding students to keep their building secure by not allowing unauthorized people into the building
  • Police command staff and dispatch have access to school video cameras for emergency events

Allen Smith is the Director of Emergency Management and School Security. He came to GCISD with twenty-five years of experience as a police officer with the last fifteen as a School Resource Officer. As part of his role, the GCISD Board of Trustees authorized him to be armed while on District property. He is responsible for the security and emergency preparedness of all GCISD campuses and works closely with the administrative staff of each campus. He also works closely with campus School Resource Officers and local police partners to build the relationships necessary for strong and effective cooperation. For example, local police use the District’s schools for tactical training. This continues to familiarize them with each school and how best to respond to emergency situations.

Each secondary campus has a School Resource Officer that is stationed at the school during the school year. These officers are full-time employees of local enforcement and through a cooperative agreement with GCISD.  These officers are tasked with developing relationships with students to enhance school climate. These School Resource Officers are also available to respond to the District’s elementary campuses as needed. District School Resource Officers are specially trained in the area of juvenile and school-based law enforcement and the District works closely with them to investigate every concern quickly and thoroughly. GCISD communicates with staff, parents and the community when matters arise that warrant wider communication. When the District does have to communicate, there are questions that may be left unanswered for families based on the Family Educational Rights and Privacy Act (FERPA), which prohibits the District and campuses from sharing specific information related to the incident or students. GCISD has policies and procedures in place for addressing these incidents, even if the District is unable to provide those specific disciplinary details. For more general information on the district’s disciplinary guidelines, please review the Student Code of Conduct.

Every campus has a robust door access management and control system to keep doors locked and alert campus administrative staff when doors are held open for an extended period of time.

Campuses are equipped with a video door intercom system at the main entrance to identify visitors before allowing them into the school. Additionally, all GCISD schools use a system to check the background of visitors for sexual offenses.

GCISD operates under a district-wide Multihazard Emergency Operations Plan as well as a campus-specific plan for each campus. These plans follow the requirements of the federal U.S. Department of Homeland Security and as required by the Texas Schools Safety Center. The Director of Emergency Management and School Security works closely with an Emergency Management Team at each campus to implement and practice these plans and District required drills for students and staff. All plans include a location for offsite reunification as needed.

Students and staff regularly participate in a series of drills known as the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). These drills are completed within the first two weeks of school and then again throughout the year. The Standard Response Protocol is based on the model provided by the I Love You Guys Foundation and was again recently recommended by Governor Abbott’s task force as a best practice. More information may be found at this link: www.iloveuguys.org.

The District has used third parties to conduct required audits of District schools and other facilities to assess vulnerabilities and make recommendations. 

In GCISD campus culture is a priority. Campus administrators emphasize the importance of staff building relationships with students and with other staff members in order to have a healthy culture and encourage students to share information and report concerns.

GCISD counselors and other District staff have been trained to use a threat assessment protocol developed by the Secret Service to conduct assessments of students, staff, or others as needed to determine any possible level of the threat.

The Grapevine Police Department has provided training to the District’s bus drivers and bus monitors on various topics during driver training briefings. GCISD will continue to partner with the Grapevine Police Department to train and the department holds monthly safety meetings.

If a student, parent, staff member or community member has a concern, please contact the Director of Emergency Management and School Security, Allen Smith at 817-251-5308, or Tarrant County Crime Stoppers and Campus Crime Stoppers at www.469.tips or 817-469-TIPS (8477).

2016 Bond Program
The 2016 Bond Program provides the following upgrades to support a safe and secure school environment:

  • Create controlled entry access vestibules for schools.
  • Upgrade intercom systems in identified schools and add exterior building speakers for announcements
  • Add or replace legacy handheld communication radios for schools
  • Add hardware to classroom doors to maintain fire-rated corridor and ability to keep doors locked at all times
  • Replace legacy video cameras
  • Replace servers supporting cameras video storage and add storage capacity for video archive at higher quality
  • Provide upgrades for a fully integrated network security system to prevent attacks on the District’s network system and protect data