Safety & Security
Standard Response Protocol
Snyder ISD has coordinated a Standard Response Protocol with our local law enforcement agencies. In the event of an emergency, we will send a notification will be sent out to parents/guardians on ParentSquare as soon as possible. Please understand that the safety of students and staff is our absolute first priority. Depending on the nature of the situation, we may not be able to provide exact details or as much information as you would like to know. This may involve a post, or in some instances, a text, phone call, and a post. If you are not receiving these messages, please check to make sure the contact information you have entered in Skyward is correct. Below is information to familiarize you with the terms we will use.
A critical ingredient in the safe school recipe is the classroom response to an incident at school. Weather events, fire, accidents, intruders and other threats to student safety are scenarios that are planned and trained for by students, teachers, staff and administration.
Standard Response Protocol
Our school is expanding the safety program to include the Standard Response Protocol (SRP). The SRP is based on these four actions, Lockout, Lockdown, Evacuate and Shelter. In the event of an emergency, the action and appropriate direction will be called on the PA.
LOCKOUT/Secure - “Secure the Perimeter”
LOCKDOWN - “Locks, Lights, Out of Sight”
EVACUATE - “To the Announced Location”
SHELTER - “For a Hazard Using a Safety Strategy”
Please take a moment to review these actions. Students and staff will be trained and the school will drill these actions over the course of the school year. More information can be found at http://iloveuguys.org
Lockout/Secure is called when there is something dangerous outside of the building. Students and staff are brought into the building and the outside doors will be locked. The schoo lmight display the Building is Secured poster on entry doors.
Should parents come to the school during a secured/lockout event?
Probably not. Every effort is made to conduct classes as normal during a secure event. Additionally, parents may be asked to stay or nearby windows. Inside, it will be business as usual.
What if a parent needs to pickup their student?
Depending on the situation, it may not be safe to release the student.
Will parents be notified when the school goes into secure/lockout?
When a secure event is brief or the hazard is non-violent, like a wild animal on the playground, there may not be a need to notify parents while the Secure is in place. With longer or more dangerous events, the school should notify parents that the school has increased their security.
A Lockdown is called when there is something dangerous inside of the building. Students and staff are trained to enter or remain in a room that can be locked, and maintain silence. A Lockdown is only initiated when there is an active threat inside or very close to the building.
Should parents come to school during a lockdown?
The natural inclination for parents is to go to the school during a Lockdown. Understandable, but perhaps problematic. If there is a threat inside the building, law enforcement will be responding. It is unlikely that parents will be granted access to the building or even the campus. If parents are already in the school, they will be instructed to Lockdown as well.
Should parents text their students?
The school recognizes the importance of communication between parents and students during a Lockdown event. Parents should be aware though, during the initial period of a Lockdown, it may not be safe for students to text their parents. As the situation resolves, students may be asked to update their parents on a regular basis.
In some cases, students may be evacuated and transported off-site for a student-parent reunification.
What about unannounced drills?
The school may conduct unscheduled drills, however it is highly discouraged to conduct one without announcing that it as a drill. That’s called an unannounced drill and can cause undue concern and stress.
Parents should recognize that the school will always inform students that it is a drill during the initial announcement.
It’s important to differentiate between a drill and an exercise. A drill is used to create the “Muscle Memory” associated with a practiced action. There is no simulation of an event; this is simply performing the action.
Can parents observe or participate in the drills?
Please contact your child's campus principal if you are interested in observing or participating in the drills.
If you receive an emergency alert message from the school, please do not come to the school.
Submit a Concern
In the event of an emergency or immediate concern, call 911.
Definition of Bullying
Bullying occurs when a person is exposed, repeatedly and over time, to negative actions on the part of one or more other persons, and he or she has difficulty defending himself or herself. Bullying is aggressive behavior that involves unwanted, negative actions. Bullying involves a pattern of behavior repeated over time. Bullying involves an imbalance of power or strength and is considered bullying if it interferes with a student’s education or substantially disrupts the operations of the school.
Definition of Cyber-Bullying
Cyber-Bullying involves the use of information and communication technologies to support deliberate, repeated, and hostile behavior by an individual or group that is intended to harm others. “Cyber-Bullying” is when a child, preteen or teen is tormented, threatened, harassed, humiliated, embarrassed or otherwise targeted by another child, preteen or teen using the internet, interactive and digital technologies or mobile phone. It has to have a minor on both sides, or at least have been instigated by a minor against another minor. Once adults become involved, it is plain and simple cyber-harassment or cyber-stalking. Adult cyber- harassment or cyber-stalking is never called cyber-bullying.
Snyder ISD would like to remind parents of our policies regarding school delays, closure, weather-related (or emergency) early release, and the communication resources utilized for SISD announcements. Keep in mind that if there is no announcement made from SISD, classes will be held on a normal schedule.
Inclement Weather Procedures
Student, staff, and community, safety is our top priority. When inclement weather is a possibility, SISD district administrators monitor weather conditions during the overnight and early morning hours. The district considers several factors before deciding to cancel, delay, or dismiss school early due to inclement weather.
In the event of inclement weather causing a delay or cancellation of classes, Snyder ISD will communicate with the community, parents, and staff via the following:
Parent Square: This will notify you via the app or by the phone or email you have on file.
We will also provide the information to the following news outlets:
KSNY 101.5 FM Radio-Snyder/Big Star Radio Group
KGWB WTC FM 91.1 Radio-Snyder
KTXS 12 Television-Abilene
KRBC 9 Television-Abilene
KTAB 32 Television-Abilene
KCBD 11 Television-Lubbock
KLBK 13 Television-Lubbock
KJTV Fox 34 Television-Lubbock
With the uncertainty of weather conditions, we ask that parents and staff monitor local media resources, the SISD website, and have the ParentSquare app installed, before making your way to the school or sending children to the bus stop.
How is the decision made to cancel school?
For schools, the weather delay or closing process is complicated, but one thing is simple: The first priority is student and staff safety. Above all, district staff focuses on the health, safety, and welfare of students and staff. Parents are accustomed to checking the news for closure announcements and phones for automated alerts from the school. Whether students and parents cheer because it means a “snow day” at home or groan they must scramble to make contingency plans, most of what goes on behind the scenes for the school to arrive at that decision is unknown.
Many factors are carefully analyzed when the district decides whether to delay opening or canceling school:
Consultations with weather experts. We receive frequent weather updates from the National Weather Service. Most times, monitoring usually begins more than 24 hours prior to the forecasted inclement weather. Meteorologists’ predictions are a calculated guess about the future and can be inaccurate—especially in Texas— but forecasts are taken into account.
Information on road conditions from transportation staff. District personnel begin driving roads between 3-4 a.m. to determine the degree of iciness and road safety. The school district gives careful consideration to the most dangerous roads in the district. Though the streets in your neighborhood may look clear, other streets in the district may be dangerous. In addition, school districts are aware of the risk to the least experienced drivers— high school students.
Amount of snow or ice accumulated, projected accumulations, and whether precipitation is continuing. We recently had a day where a wintry mix that wasn’t predicted to reach us arrived at about 7:00 a.m. This is the most difficult scenario as many buses and parents had already delivered students to school before the roads became slick.
Parking lot conditions. If the school parking lots can’t be cleared and treated before school starts, parents’ vehicles and school buses can’t navigate safely in the parking lots, which causes dangerous conditions for students, parents, and bus drivers.
Temperature and wind chill. Some students walk or ride bicycles to and from school, and some have to wait outside in the harsh weather at their bus stop. .
What area school districts and colleges are doing. While every district is unique in its circumstances, district staff does monitor what nearby districts are doing to help guide the decision-making process.
The superintendent makes the final decision, based on the above factors and recommendations from district staff. Then the public is notified via local radio and TV stations, the district website, the district Facebook page and other notification systems. The district is aware that waiting too long to make the decision affects parents’ ability to make childcare arrangements, and also affects district staff who are scheduled to arrive hours before school starts.
Every effort is made to make a decision by 5:30 a.m. or earlier so that parents and staff can be notified by 6 a.m. When severe weather is a certainty, the decision may be made the night before. If school is already in session and severe weather develops, a whole other set of variables enters the decision-making process. We then have to take protective measures to ensure the safety of the students in their care during the adverse weather. It’s not a simple decision to dismiss early, because in some cases, early dismissal causes parents to drive to pick up their children in dangerous weather.
The decision to delay or cancel school is never easy, especially when school administration must then deal with the aftermath of rescheduling makeup days in an already tight school calendar, and frustrated parents who disagree with the decision to close. One thing we can always agree on: we all want to keep the students and staff safe.