KNIPPA ISD: SAFETY A - Z
At Knippa ISD, safety is our first priority. We are working hard to ensure the safety and security of each and every Rockcrusher. This page outlines general safety protocols and includes important resources for parents and community members. While we can't share detailed information regarding our district safety protocols, as not to jeopardize the integrity of the plan itself, we strive to be as transparent as possible. If you have any questions regarding safety & security, please contact the following members of our administration team:
Elda Alejandro - Interim Superintendent firstname.lastname@example.org
Melissa Garza - District Principal email@example.com
Lee Alejandro - Director of Operations firstname.lastname@example.org
Raquel Esquivel - Dean of Students email@example.com
All resources are listed in alphabetical order for quick and easy access to the information you need. We are working to add more content regarding safety, so please check back periodically.
If you are unable to find something specific, please call the school 830-934-2176.
If You See Something, Say Something
As per SB11, Sec. 37.220. MODEL THREAT ASSESSMENT TEAM POLICIES AND PROCEDURES, districts and charter schools will be required to implement an anonymous reporting process. One example of a free app is “I watch Texas.” The information reported through this app is monitored by the DPS Fusion center in Austin. Information received is then pushed to other regional fusion centers throughout the state to follow-up and work with those impacted by the received threat. Another option is your local Crime Stoppers program.
- has the effect or will have the effect of physically harming a student, damaging a student's property, or placing a student in reasonable fear of harm to the student's person or of damage to the student's property;
- is sufficiently severe, persistent, or pervasive enough that the action or threat creates an intimidating, threatening, or abusive educational environment for a student;
- materially and substantially disrupts the educational process or the orderly operation of a classroom or school, or infringes on the rights of the victim at school.
How to Put an End to Bullying: Treat Each Other with RespectNobody should be mean to others.
- Stop and think before you say or do something that could hurt someone.
- If you feel like being mean to someone, find something else to do. Play a game, watch TV, or talk to a friend.
- Talk to an adult you trust. They can help you find ways to be nicer to others.
- Keep in mind that everyone is different. Not better or worse. Just different.
- If you think you have bullied someone in the past, apologize. Everyone feels better.
- Look at the kid bullying you and tell him or her to stop in a calm, clear voice. You can also try to laugh it off. This works best if joking is easy for you. It could catch the kid bullying you off guard.
- If speaking up seems too hard or not safe, walk away and stay away. Don’t fight back. Find an adult to stop the bullying on the spot.
- Talk to an adult you trust. Don’t keep your feelings inside. Telling someone can help you feel less alone. They can help you make a plan to stop the bullying.
- Stay away from places where bullying happens.
- Stay near adults and other kids. Most bullying happens when adults aren’t around.
Knippa ISD is lucky to a wonderful district counselor, Ms. Erika Esquivel, who does a phenomenal job providing both social emotional and academic support for all students. Our school counselor is available to provide daily check-ins, conflict resolution between friends/classmates, character lessons, and much, much more. If students are in need of additional counseling, we will also work with families to help find the additional support and resources they need.
This year, we will be adding an additional counselor to help support our Rockcushers, as we know this is a difficult time for all. If you have any questions regarding counseling services for your child, please contact Erika Esquivel at 830-934-2176 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Also, be sure to visit Ms. Esquivel's S'More page, The Rockcrusher Rundown, for resources and school counseling information: https://www.smore.com/bf4qp
What is Cyberbullying?
Cyberbullying is bullying that involves the use of any electronic communication device, including through the use of a cellular or other type of telephone, a computer, a camera, electronic mail, instant messaging, text messaging, a social media application, an Internet website, or any other Internet-based communication tool.
Protect Yourself from Cyberbullying
Like all school districts across the state and across the nation, Knippa ISD has been working hard to secure our campus facilities. We are working in phases to complete several facilities goals we have in place. Just a few of the many safety improvements we have already made include:
Upgraded camera system
New cameras installed around campus
Improved Perimeter Fencing & Installation of emergency exit gates
Automatic gates at east & west side entrances
Automatic locking device on main building front entrance door
Camera & buzz-in entry system on main building front entrance door
MENTAL HEALTH SUPPORT
Mental Health is a Top Priority
Mental health is just as important as physical health and in today's world, kids need all the support they can get. We are working hard to increase access to mental health support in our district. We currently have one district counselor on staff. This year we are adding a second counselor.
School counselors are available daily to provide daily check-ins, academic & emotional support, conflict resolution between friends/classmates, character lessons, and much, much more.
Contact our school counselors for more information or visit their department page on our school website.
We are also extremely excited about a new online check-in tool called the Rhithm App which will be available on all 1st-12th grade student devices. Students will be able to utilize this tool to check in daily, to access mindfulness/anxiety reducing strategies. Please contact Erika Esquivel for more information at email@example.com.
SCHOOL SAFETY COMPACT
When We Work Together, Students Win!
While we are unable to share everything that we are doing to avoid compromising the integrity of our Emergency Operations Plan, we did put together a safety Compact to share information regarding our commitment to you. Please see attachment:
SCHOOL SAFETY PROTOCOLS
While we are unable to share everything that we are doing to avoid compromising the integrity of our Emergency Operations Plan, these are some of the district safety protocols that are currently in place:
Fall safety walk through of entire campus by district administration team
Weekly Admin meetings/conferences on campus safety
Monthly staff meetings - Including campus safety updates/discussion
Increased law enforcement presence
Implementation of School Threat protocol
Implementation of anonymous reporting app on school website
Implementation of Standard Response Protocol safety measures
Implementation of Critical Incident Response Protocol in conjunction with surrounding schools
Implementation of best practices for safety in portable instructional buildings
District-wide emergency notification system
Teacher & Staff Training is extremely important. You can rest a little easier knowing that your Knippa Teachers & Staff have received the following trainings:
Local law enforcement trainings
School Threat Assessment Process training
School Threat Assessment Protocol Implementation Training - District Team Members
Standard Response Protocol safety training
Stop the Bleed training - Completed annually to achieve 100% completion rate of all staff
CPR/First Aid/AED training - Completed annually to achieve 100% staff completion rate of all staff
Youth Mental Health First Aid training - Completed annually to achieve 100% staff completion rate of all staff
Critical Incident Response training - District Team Members
Best practices for Safety in Portable Instructional buildings
Digital Threat Assessment training
District-wide emergency notification system training