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Brave Nation,

We are so excited about the 2022-23 school year starting tomorrow, and getting to see all of our new and returning students on campus. As part of the final preparations for this upcoming school year, we want you to be aware of Community ISD’s existing safety and security plan, and we want to inform you of one significant change that will be implemented starting on Thursday, August 18, 2022.

Community ISD already has many policies in place to keep our Braves safe. All CISD campuses have automatically locking doors on all entrances and exits, and access to these doors is monitored and limited to appropriate staff. Each campus has at least one CISD Police Officer stationed onsite, with two officers now staged at Community High School. These officers will be diligent, visible and present on campus, checking doors throughout the day.

Windows with high security priority have received shatter-resistant film treatments on the exterior and interior of buildings, and all secondary students and all staff are required to wear an identification badge visibly on their person at all times.

Anyone that props open a door or that does not wear their badge at all times will be held accountable, and the doors will be shut.

While visitors are allowed on campuses during specific times, such as school lunches, they must enter our facilities through the main entrance, and be checked in via our RAPTOR background check program.

While the District already has many protocols and procedures in place, we are also always trying to improve our safety measures, and we plan to implement additional emergency response procedures in the near future. One of these changes is detailed below.

Parents and guardians will be allowed to park their cars, exit the vehicle with their students, and walk them into class on the first day of school, as long as they have followed the campus process for checking in with the front desk as a visitor. The same rules apply to parents and guardians that live in walk zones around their elementary campuses. However, starting on the second day of school - Thursday, August 18 - we will no longer allow parents or guardians to park and exit their vehicles and enter the building with their students. Parents and guardians will be required to stay in their vehicles, drop their students off in the designated drop-off line, and leave the facility. If parents or guardians are walking their students to campus, after the first day, they will have to leave them at the front door of the building.

This change in policy is made in the interest of the safety and security of our students and staff. In Brave Nation, safety always comes before convenience. Our number one priority is to keep all of our students and staff safe and secure, and we will do everything we can to maintain a safe and secure learning environment for all of our students.

United together as students, parents/guardians, and staff, we can keep Community ISD safe. We appreciate your understanding and cooperation in this matter, and we look forward to seeing all of you on campus tomorrow!