The Spring ISD Emergency Management and School Safety Department has developed, implemented, and administers comprehensive district-wide safety. Including crisis response and emergency management plans that include district and campus-specific incident command systems, life safety, playground safety, indoor air quality, and chemical hygiene. The department conducts routine assessments and inspections of district assets and establishes processes that improve overall safety through the active participation of students and employees district-wide.
The District's Emergency Management Plan (EMP) is reviewed annually and updated as needed. The EMP includes detailed emergency response plans for various incidents. Also, every campus has an emergency response plan and team in place that is site-specific, consisting of a student and parent reunification plan with a formal process that accounts for students.
Crisis management flip charts that contain emergency numbers and instructions for handling the ten most likely emergencies which are located in classrooms. Every campus has a Campus Safety Officer who is trained annually to handle emergencies.
Emergency Response & Crisis Planning
The Emergency Management and School Safety Department staff respond to each emergency within the District. Using management procedures developed and used by the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), the Emergency Management and School Safety Department staff establish command for each incident. They create communication between emergency services (fire, EMS, and police), the school administrators, parents, and the District's central administration.
In addition to responding to crises, the Emergency Management and School Safety Department staff write the District's crisis response plans. They also work with the individual schools or the campus crisis plans. The District provides these plans to the fire departments, sheriff's department, constable's department, emergency medical services, and other counties, city, state, and federal agencies. The Emergency Management and School Safety Department staff work throughout the year to anticipate hazards and to reduce the risk of a crisis developing.
Safety and Health Protection
The Emergency Management and School Safety staff work with the schools and the support services departments to ensure that a safe and healthy environment is provided within the schools, on the school buses, and in the playgrounds and athletic fields. They work with public health officials and school nurses when a specific health threat is identified.
The Emergency Management and School Safety Department work to ensure compliance with all environmental rules and regulations. The staff oversees the operation of drinking water facilities at the Nagy Pavillion property and the Spring High agricultural facility. They monitor the operations of the Carl Wunsche wastewater treatment facility, of fuel storage and dispensing equipment, and solid waste generated by the District. Preventing problems with asbestos, lead, and other toxic materials and ensuring that these are not used in new construction is another part of the compliance program directed by the Emergency Management and School Safety Department staff. The Emergency Management and School Safety Department oversees the recordkeeping for the federal asbestos abatement documents and ensures elimination and control of all asbestos-containing materials that might exist in the district's buildings.
In coordination with Special Services and Facilities Planning, the Emergency Management and School Safety department continuously improves access for the disabled. They coordinate both transitional duty (for temporarily disabled staff to return to work) and accommodation for permanently disabled staff.