Operation #SAFEdragon (Safety Awareness For Every Dragon) is a multi-faceted response plan that affects all CISD facilities and departments. The program includes a number of intitiatives aimed at fortifying buildings, ensuring regular training, communication and increasing staff and public awareness.
The goals of the #SAFEdragon program are to improve safety and security within Carroll ISD and promote emergency preparedness among students and staff.
SPECIAL NOTICE: ALLERGY NOTICE TO PARENTS
CISD follows state law, as well as the recommendations of the Texas School Safety Center in implementing best practices for campus safety.
Emergency Operations Plan - The district has a written Emergency Operations Plan (EOP) that includes the four primary areas of prevention, mitigation, response and recovery as well as 31 different crisis scenarios used for staff training and emergency response planning.
Safety Audits - In addition to the required campus and facility safety audits conducted every three years, the district periodically has independent safety and security audits using outside subject matter experts per the district's Strategic Plan. The last state-required security audit was conducted in 2014, with plans in 2017 to complete the next audit. In addition, CISD had an audit of its surveillance camera and keyless entry systems done in 2016.
Safety Drills - The district conducts five different types of drills throughout the year. They include:
- Fire evacuation drills
- Inclement weather drills
- Lock down drills
- Reverse evacuation drills
- Shelter-in-Place drills
#SAFEdragon Communications - We communicate via Twitter @Carrollisd, Facebook Official News of Carroll ISD and through our Connect-ED telephone messaging and email system. Information is also posted to our CISD website. Communications regarding health and safety are identified by the hasthtag #SAFEdragon.
Additional #SAFEdragon topics
Your child must be 24 hours free of fever without Tylenol or Advil and not throwing-up for 24 hours before he/she can return to school following an illness. Antibiotics must be taken for 24 hours before returning to school. If a child is sent home ill the child may return the same day if with a doctor’s release or if the child has been cleared by the school nurse.
Allergy Notice to Parents
Carroll ISD is an Allergy Aware District. The goal of Health Services is to protect the health and safety of all students while at school. Due to an increase in food allergies, undiagnosed food allergies, food intolerances, diabetes and cultural preferences, we are hopeful families will join and support our efforts to accommodate all students and become Allergy Aware. We cannot guarantee an allergen free environment, but we can abide by the CISD Food Allergy Management plan to minimize unwanted exposure to food allergies and discourage sharing of foods to keep our Dragons safe.
Carroll ISD restricts all peanuts and tree nuts from classrooms; this includes daily snacks, birthday celebrations and class parties. All food items brought into school for classroom consumption must be coordinated by the classroom teacher, be store bought and have an ingredient label attached to the packaging. Any label that states the following is NOT permitted in the classroom:
· “May contain peanuts or tree nuts”
· “Processed on shared equipment with nuts”
· “Manufactured in a plant containing peanuts or tree nuts”
· “Contains peanuts or tree nut ingredients”
For safe food options please visit snacksafely.com.
Zika Virus: Public Health Reminder for Spring/Summer Travelers
Zika virus disease is occurring in most countries south of the continental United States and many Caribbean countries and territories. Most people infected with the virus do not have symptoms, however; those who do may have a rash, conjunctivitis (red eyes), fever and joint pain that may last up to seven days. A suspected link is being investigated between pregnant women infected wih the virus and severe birth defects. The disease is spread among people primarily by mosquitos.
Health-Related News Monitoring/Communication
CISD remains in regular communications with the Tarrant County Health Department and will share fact sheets and updates with our Dragon community as information becomes available.
CISD has registerd nurses staffed at each school campus health clinic. The district closely monitors student illnesses and works with area health experts to ensure preventative and precautionary measures are in place to mitigate the spread of infectious diseases. Our nurses follow safety protocols in managing ill students in the school clinics. CISD's custodial and maintenance employees assist with extensive disinfecting and cleaning of classroom and common "touch" zone areas where students gather such as (cafeterias, restrooms, water fountains, locker rooms, etc.).
Hand-Washing and Cough Etiquette:
Two simple things that can help prevent the spread of infectious diseases are effective hand-washing and the use of cough etiquette techniques. CISD employees visit with students to teach them about proper hand-washing techniques to include soap, water and 20 seconds of lathering and rinsing. Signs are posted throughout our campuses to remind students and staff of the importance of hand-washing. Students are also taught proper cough etiquette by coughing into their elbow to avoid spraying the air or other people with germs. CISD keeps additional hand sanitizer and tissues for students to use in classrooms and commons areas.
Report Illnesses to CISD
Students, staff and parents are encouraged to report illnesses to the school nurse and/or campus principal. This helps Carroll ISD better monitor infectious diseases and student absences. CISD has protocols in place to manage those showing signs or symptoms of illness. These include reporting to the nurse clinic, taking and recording a student's temperature, using gloves, masks and other protective supplies to prevent the spread of disease and isolating the student from others to the extent possible until communication can occur between CISD and emergency contacts. Parents are encouraged to pick their children up as quickly as possible when they are called by the school.
Health Department/Centers For Disease
Please take a few moments to learn more about these important topics. Additional questions may be referred to your family physician or to your school nurse.
Assistant Superintendent for Board & Community Relations
District Lead Nurse