*Pictured L-R (Randy Raley, Safety Director, David Crutchfiled SCPD SRO, Brian Pickens, LCSO SRO, Samantha Mitchusson, LCSO SRO)
The Star City School District as well as other schools and communities were shocked and saddened to learn of the recent school shooting tragedy in Uvalde, Texas. Our thoughts and prayers are with the students, staff, and families who have been impacted by this tragic event.
This devastating incident is a stark reminder of the importance of our own safety and security protocols at the Star City School District. Please know that we will continue to be vigilant and proactive regarding student and staff safety. The district has clear plans and procedures to deal with emergencies. In the past 5 years SCSD has spent $560,000 on school security alone, not including the annual salary and benefits of two-full time School Resource Officers. Below are some of the things that are in place within the District:
Additional SRO giving the District Three full-time Armed School Resource Officers
Safety Director to organize safety teams, protocols, trainings, and safety audits/drills
Active and high-definition security cameras district-wide with facial recognition
Restricted visitor access to our buildings with mandatory check-in procedures in place
Security vestibules at our main entrances
District Safety Plan implemented for all staff
Training and practice of emergency procedures for all staff and students
RAVE interactive “Panic Button” for all staff and local law enforcement
Regular Safety Committee meetings and security reviews
Mandatory locked doors at all times
Our safety plan is reviewed annually by local law enforcement officials and all school staff have access to this plan. We regularly practice our safety procedures with students and staff through discussions, emergency exercises, and drills. Our administration and teachers are encouraged to stay on high-alert and remain vigilant at all times.
Even with safety procedures and a safety plan in place, we continue to encourage vigilance in our schools and community. By far, the most effective safety measure we can implement is to work together proactively. I am asking you to embrace the “see something, say something” message and encourage you to notify the police department, sheriff's office, SRO’s, or our school administration if you see anything out of the ordinary.
Our District's highest priority is the safety of our students, and we are committed to maintaining a secure learning environment. If you have any questions or concerns regarding school safety, please contact your building principal or our Central Office administration. We are here to assist you in any way possible.
Jordan Frizzell, Superintendent