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Back to School Update from Dr. Chadwell
The start of a new school year is always a special time for families and educators, and I want to welcome you to the 2022-2023 school year. We’ve been working diligently over the summer to prepare for this year, and the excitement is building for students to return for the first day of classes on Monday, August 15. Before the first bell rings, there are a few important topics I want to share so that we are all prepared to have a great school year.
Safety and Security
On everyone’s mind right now is school safety and security. This has been and remains a top priority in EMS ISD. Over the summer, the governor issued enhanced security requirements for public schools in Texas. I am pleased to share that we already had most of these items in place before the requirements were issued. When it comes to safety, we seek to exceed state standards and are continuously evaluating how to further protect those in our schools and facilities. Our comprehensive safety plan includes measures for multi-layered lines of defense, drills and specialized training for all staff, physical barriers, threat assessment and mental health supports, and the new EMS ISD Police Department and continued partnerships with local law enforcement. Additional information is provided on the attached safety plan overview.
Safety is a non-negotiable in EMS ISD – we understand that it must be embedded in all that we do. You likely will notice enhanced measures and stricter expectations when it comes to security protocols in our schools and facilities. While this may create some inconveniences, I hope it also provides you assurances and reiterates the priority commitment to the safety of all staff, students, and stakeholders in our care.