lighthouse with safe schools label

Security features in place at all Spearman ISD schools include:

  • Controlled access with one point of entry for visitors during the school day
    • All but one exterior door remains locked at elementary and junior high schools, which utilize a video-based entry monitoring system to buzz visitors through a specified front door after their identification has been verified and the nature of their visit is made known
    • The high school campus has two exterior entry points that utilize the same entry monitoring system to allow entrance into the building.
    • Visitors must enter the front office to gain access to the rest of the building at the elementary and junior high.  Access can be granted into the high school through the business office and the front high school office entrances.
    • A second interior door must be opened electronically by staff.
    • Automatic lock-down switch available for office doors.
  • Security cameras inside and outside schools provide live access to front office staff.
  • Regular safety drills and training for staff
    • Four school lock-down drills per year
    • Joint drills on campus with police and fire
    • Stop the Bleed training for all staff
  • Hall Pass Visitor Management system screens for registered sex offenders
  • Criminal background checks on all employees, volunteers and contractors who work on District property
  • STOPit anonymous online tip-line for students, parents, teachers and others to share concerns
  • Standard Response Protocol (SRP), a nationally-recognized, proven methodology that ensures a uniform response by faculty, staff and students to school-based emergencies

Other features of Spearman ISD schools:

  • Staff serve as crossing guards to direct vehicle and pedestrian traffic at Gus Birdwell Elementary/Spearman Jr. High during drop-off and pick-up of students
  • Two full-time nurses with access to medical supplies, protective gear and equipment
  • Automated External Defibrillator (AEDs)
  • Epi-Pens or epinephrine (used to treat severe allergic reactions)
  • Emergency first aid kits including tourniquets and Stop the Bleed kits
  • Comprehensive guidance and counseling program focusing on the whole child, including support for students' mental, social and physical needs
  • District has contract for random visits of K9 interdiction covering drugs and powder detection at Spearman Jr. High and Spearman High School
  • BARK software program for schools monitors all G-Suite apps and alerts administration of potential safety concerns
  • Network filter system with software with constant tracking and monitoring of search sites