Weatherford ISD is committed to providing our students, faculty, staff and visitors with a safe and secure learning environment. Our commitment is reflected in the many best-in-class safety and security initiatives our school district has implemented.
Our schools are staffed with highly-trained safety and security professionals that work collaboratively with staff and local first responders to provide a safe learning environment for over 8,000 students and 10,000 staff members. We also manage approximately 7,000 monthly visitors.
All of our schools have emergency operation plans and school staff make security and safety awareness a daily priority.
In 2018, a security framework with supporting initiatives was instituted. Our framework is based on four principles:
1. Hardening of Campuses - Weatherford ISD has hundreds of state-of-the-art internet protocol cameras, which gives key personnel the ability to view live video remotely 24/7. Our campuses are also equipped with video intercoms, duress alarms, automatic lockdown, fire and intrusion alarm systems with remote capabilities. The District’s access control system protects our campuses from unauthorized access and controls the movement of people within our schools. Our campuses are also equipped with secure vestibule entrances, which enhances the safety of all students and staff members. All visitors are screened (National Sex Offender Database Search) before being given access to our campuses. Classroom doors are equipped with commercial grade locksets and glass panes at key locations have been reinforced with Safety Film.
2. Collaborative Security Culture - All staff members received Safety and Security training so we can all function as members of our safety and security Team. In addition to continuous training, we launched a mobile application that allows users to provide information anonymously by using smart cell phones, computers or by dialing a phone number. The application is called "Roos Eyes Open" and it is managed by the Parker Country Crime Stoppers Program. At Weatherford ISD, we realize that to be successful we must place safety and security ahead of convenience and assumption.
3. Behavioral Threat Assessment Team - We developed a threat assessment program, which includes the implementation of a multi-disciplinary threat assessment team. One of the objectives of the threat assessment team is to identify students that are at risk of harming themselves or others and provide them the help they need (early intervention and diversion from the pathway of violence).
4. Guardian Program - WISD has instituted a Guardian program, which consists of authorizing firearm possession by approved administrators, faculty and officials. The program was built around a stringent framework that focuses on emotional intelligence, marksmanship, force on force tactics and exceptional decision making.
School Resource Officer Program:
Weatherford ISD has partnered with the Weatherford Police Department to operate a School Resource Officer Program. Currently, five Weatherford Police Officers serve in the role of School Resource Officer and work each day in our schools to add that extra level of protection. The officers provide training to students, staff, and parents. They also mentor students and work closely with staff and students to develop solutions on important safety issues.