NEISD To Implement New School Safety Initiatives

Clear Backpacks

Parents in North East ISD may be able to breathe a bit easier knowing safety measures at district schools have been updated and improved.  In response to recent school shootings across the country, the district will implement new initiatives for the 2018-2019 school year. 

 

Earlier in the year, the district announced a clear bag policy for all those attending sporting events at district venues.  Beginning in August, middle school and high school students district-wide will be required to carry clear backpacks to school. A clear backpack will be provided to those students for whom the expenditure presents a financial difficulty. Band and athletic bags will still be permitted, as well as purses and lunch bags.  Elementary school students will still be allowed to continue using traditional backpacks, according to district representatives.  

 

All exterior doors will be locked at every campus during school hours. A ‘buzz in’ system will be established, and random searches with hand-held metal detectors will be implemented. Further safety and security efforts will include active shooter training for administrators this summer and annual mental health training for counselors.  

 

Lastly, NEISD is hiring additional police officers to increase patrols at its elementary schools. Armed police officers are already permanently present in each of the district’s middle and high schools. 

 

“NEISD is committed to the safety of our students, staff and volunteers. We will do whatever is in our power to secure our campuses so that our parents don’t have to worry about their children when they are in school,” according to NEISD.