With the recent rise in school shootings, many families are concerned about students’ safety when school starts again. Plano ISD, though, is working to keep kids safe from all types of threats.
According to Lesley Range-Stanton, executive director of communications, the district is working to improve security measures at all schools. Many of these upgrades involve new technology.
Cameras, fire alarms and panic alarms are in the process of being installed. The district approved these measures as part of the 2016 bond election. Another bond project is allowing PISD to integrate PA systems at all senior high schools and upgrade access controls, including locks for doors.
A requirement for all students to wear ID badges has also been implemented. The district has purchased commercial ID badge printers for high and senior high schools. Additionally, each senior high school will have marked patrol vehicles and campus safety monitors.
The district already has several other security measures in place, including full-time School Resource Officers, a Detection Canine team, campus safety vestibules and metal detector wands.
Plano ISD’s Safety and Security Services staff may be contacted for additional questions.
By Morgan Howard • [email protected]